Biofuelwatch provides information, advocacy and campaigning in relation to the climate, environmental, human rights and public health impacts of large-scale industrial bioenergy. We are a small team of staff and volunteers based in the UK and US. In the past two years, our work has been supported by grants from Ceres Trust, CS Fund/Wash-Mott Legacy, Heinrich-Boell Foundation, JMG Foundation, Network for Social Change, Packard Foundation, Patagonia Foundation, Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, Swift Foundation and Threshold Foundation. We are also grateful for smaller individual donations. Please see our donations page for details about how to support our work.
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Biofuelwatch’s aims and purpose
Biofuelwatch’s aims are:
+ Advancing the education of the public about the environmental, climate, social and public health impacts of different types of large-scale bioenergy as well as bio-based products;
+ Promoting sustainable energy policies and investments which prioritise energy conservation and efficiency as well as forms of renewable energy which result in real greenhouse gas reduction, protect ecosystems, soil, water and public health and which protect human rights, including the right to food and water;
+ Promoting environmental decision making in relation to bioenergy and other bio-based products – including bioenergy-related decisions on land use and environmental permitting – which prioritise the protection of climate, environment, social justice and public health and promoting active citizenship in this respect.
+ Raising awareness about the climate, environmental, social and public health impacts of different forms of large-scale bioenergy and other bio-based products;
Our work includes:
+ Improving public knowledge of and understanding of the need for energy and climate policies to address wider environmental sustainability and human rights implications of decisions and investments;
+ Providing advice, support and advocacy to communities and local groups affected by large-scale bioenergy developments, whether by bioenergy installations or by land conversion or logging to produce feedstock for bioenergy or other bio-based products;
+ Actively promoting reforms to renewable energy policies in relation to bioenergy which protect ecosystems, soils, water, public health and human rights, including the right to food;
In the UK, the current key focus of Biofuelwatch’s work is on biofuel and biomass electricity.