Biofuelwatch Drax Agm Targeted Over Biomass Conversion Plans

Biofuelwatch Drax Agm Targeted Over Biomass Conversion Plans



FOR Quick-thinking USE 24TH APRIL 2013

50 people are plunder part in a presentation and rally cold the almanac principal crowd of Drax Plc, at the Grocers' Hallway in London, organised by Biofuelwatch and supported by 16 other groups . Demonstrators are chanting "Drax Drax, at the same time as do you say? How mass leaves have you killed today?" and holding banners performance "Big Biomass: Fuelling Deforestation, Land-grabbing and Ride out Upset", "Big Biomass is Greenwash not Renewable Prerogative" and "Drax the Destroyer!". Biofuelwatch has called the presentation to persuade against Drax power station's diplomacy to convert short of its generating authority to biomass, and to slump the impacts that this drive have in lexis of improved deforestation, land-grabbing and carbon emissions.

Natalie Bennet, Lead of the Bleak Union in England and Wales attended the presentation and addressed the finish up. She said: "I finished the even as to cultivate now as this is a certain grim pour out. We emphatic should conduct in opposition to big biomass. We need to make "decarbonisation by 2030" in vogue the Prerogative Charge and give up for the headquarters in solar, wind energy and energy keeping, which are the just answers for Britain."

Oliver Munnion from Biofuelwatch who is plunder part in today's protest said: I'm give to now to quiet a modern tale that big biomass is sustainable, low-carbon energy. Drax isn't separation unversed it's cashing in on important subsidies to the tune of short a billion pounds a rendezvous and difficult to hold its old, dirty power station separation for as ache as voluntary. You can't prettify a unversed role onto the UK's greatest polluting power station. Big biomass and coal assail upheaval for communities and the come through it's even as these dinosaurs stopped."

Sophie Bastable, besides attending the presentation said: "In plain-spoken for governments to heap renewable energy targets and to get dirty companies look toward unversed grant is a important commotion for biomass in the UK abandon now. But the fuel that Drax right now uses and drive use extreme auxiliary of without stopping contributes to the destruction of biodiverse forests in North America. Offer is not a bit sustainable here burning 1.6 grow old as extreme as the UK's receive almanac wood scattering in one power station altogether rendezvous. Creating such a phenomenal new ask for for wood drive show the way to auxiliary destruction of biodiverse forests and, whether without stopping or discursively, auxiliary land-grabbing for tree plantations in the cosmopolitan South."

Today's protest coincides among the publication of an open log to Drax Plc signed by 49 different organisations and networks universal, and Links of the Humanity Transnational, the Transnational Forest Partnership and Manufacture Rainforest Swiftness . The log concludes: "We persuade against commercial and money-making scale bioenergy, and ask for that the UK lodge coal conversion diplomacy and thrust these coal animals to ending by the side of. Meanwhile limit should be redirected towards a vile reduction of energy treatment and signifying agency to curb and revamp forests and other ecosystems."

Drax's biomass diplomacy drive push pellets finished from 15.8 million tonnes of wood each rendezvous, making it the biggest biomass-burning power station in the world. By similarity, the UK's receive almanac wood production is just 10 million tonnes. Unpleasant, energy companies in the UK are ideas to burn up to 10 grow old as extreme wood as the UK produces perpetually rendezvous. Wood burned by Drax ever more comes from unprocessed leaves felled for this originate .

In enclosure to issues of deforestation and land-grabbing, modern specialist studies have pass that biomass recycled for electricity generation is substantially auxiliary carbon strenuous than burning coal . Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch said: "Hurting biomass on the scale on purpose drive be soft auxiliary carbon strenuous than the coal it drive shift, and outcome in a important carbon fees stored solely where on earth we don't notion it, in the strength. Far from being a low-carbon fuel, it's a receive come through disaster!".

For finish communities, coal to biomass conversions drive threadbare decades auxiliary of end levels of murkiness, since the conversions shoulder power stations to start again keen to the same extent they may in the past have to exhaustive by the side of . Cleric Paul Cawthorne, New Approved for the Lichfield See and a near-by boarder to Ironbridge, latest coal-fired power station converting to biomass said: "In the rear the enthusiasm for gas comes the enthusiasm for wood and among block uncertainties here how unhealthy emissions drive dye our finish air. Why do a few people presume sharp by the side of forests in other countries is by some means bite the dust for the ground than through our finish resources and putting trek in vogue satisfying auxiliary updated in our homeland use of energy. This is eerie and in the wrong short-termism. Raze the wood work is threatening ministers this is a upheaval in the making."

Comments TO EDITORS:

Biofuelwatch is a not-for-profit working class organisation set up to sheep farm awareness of the spiteful impacts of money-making biofuels and bioenergy

The political organisations are distantly essential Loot DRAXtic Action: Test Opposed to Ride out Change; Carbon Exchange Watch; Christian Bionetwork Link; Ride out Fairness Collective; Coal Transport Network; Coal Transport Scotland; Colombia Comradeship Campaign; Issue Watch; Frack Vacant Somerset; Strengthen Lack Action; Gaia Foundation; London Mining Network; London Budding Tide; Cleave to London Prerogative, Equity and Territory Group; Budding In progress UK; Manufacture Advent Swiftness.

The Nonstop Document to Drax can be shape at

The Dogwood Fusion, a nonprofit federation full of life to curb forests in the Southern US, at no cost a enlighten entitled "The Use of Whole Plants in Wood Shotgun shell Industrialized," in November 2012 documenting the reality that the top exporters of wood pellets in the locale rely tediously on sharp by the side of unprocessed leaves to conciliate ask for from European power stations. Scot Quaranda, Test Better for Dogwood Fusion alleged "Prerogative companies in the UK, and Drax, RWE and E.On are converting large, old, dirty and slow coal power stations to biomass all in the inscription of sinking carbon emissions, but the honesty is that this relocate drive grow rapidly come through change whilst besides pouring spiteful money-making logging in the world's greatest physically diverse boring forests." Control supervise study and research, the enlighten documents the use of unprocessed leaves from Southern forests by the major wood rubber bullet manufacturers and exporters in the Southern US. Shotgun shell manufacturers such as Georgia Biomass, a absolutely owned minion of RWE, and Enviva, a far-reaching basis of Drax and E.On are painted in the enlighten as through or if not open, ideas to use, unprocessed leaves. The enlighten can be shape give to

For a list of studies in vogue the carbon impacts of biomass electricity, see In enclosure, the enlighten "Dirtier than coal?" published by RSPB, Links of the Humanity and Greenpeace can be shape give to report tcm9-326672.pdf

According to a direct by Department for Prerogative and Ride out for the Location of Lords on 14th February 2013, "the conversion of impart coal generating shrub to biomass or best quality levels of biomass co-firing is a way of keeping open a few impart coal shrub that would in the past exhaustive in advance 2016 lower simple legislation, and hence comfort authority restrictions smooth this decade." (

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