WHY WE NEED TO REDIRECT SUBSIDIES FROM DIRTY WOOD BURNING TO CLEAN RENEWABLES
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Please help us to call on the government to take urgent climate action by transferring renewable energy subsidies from dirty, high-carbon biomass burning to clean, low-carbon renewables.
These subsidies, granted under the Renewable Obligation, are supposed to support renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. Sadly, around £1.3 billion of those subsidies a year support power stations that burn millions of tonnes of wood every year to make electricity.
Burning wood in power stations makes climate change worse, harms forests and biodiversity, pollutes communities and wastes money on a false solution to our energy needs.
While energy companies cash in on huge subsidies for high-carbon, polluting biomass energy, subsidies for new onshore wind and solar power have been scrapped and funds for home insulation have been slashed.
One ray of hope is that the current government has effectively ruled out future subsidy for large-scale biomass. We now need the new government to apply this logic to existing subsidies for burning wood and redirect these renewable subsidies from tree burning to genuinely low-carbon, clean renewables.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
We are asking environmental and public health organisations, community groups and Trade Unions to support our Open Letter calling on the Government to redirect renewable subsidies from biomass burning to genuinely renewable energy
1. If you would like your local environmental or community group, your public health organisation or your trade union to sign the open letter, please contact us by email and we can provide you with further information.
2.If you are from a environmental and public health organisation, community group or Trade Union and you are authorised to sign on their behalf, please complete the below form