At DECC (Dept of Energy and Climate Change), 3 Whitehall Place, London
Photo-op at 12.30 =96 1.30 pm
Called by Campaign against Climate Change, Biofuelwatch and Food not Fuel
This was a lively demonstration with a great atmosphere! Good speeches from=
Kenneth Richter from Friends of the Earth, Rupert Read from the Green Part=
y, Maryla Hart from `Food not Fuel', Phil Thornhill from the `Campaign agai=
nst Climate Change', Amancay Colque from Coordinadora Latinoamericana. and =
also John Stewart from HACAN who chipped in with a few words about agrofuel=
s as the 'long game' of the aviation industry. Also great music from, Pete,=
Mark et al!
Half way through there was a great moment when the Latin American contingen=
t arrived on the last stop of their long day of actions in solidarity with =
indigenous people on this 'Day of Protecting Mother Earth'.
Photos from the evening are here. Earlier in the day there was a photo-op a=
t the same place, the photos from the shoot are here. Videos will be up soo=
So what was the demo about ? Well........
The government is using renewable energy subsidies (Renewable Obligations C=
ertificates =96 or ROCs) to fund power stations that use agrofuels.
While the UK's only significant wind turbine factory has just been closed u=
p to twice as much subsidy is going to producing power from agrofuels than =
from onshore wind.
Agrofuels - biofuels procuced using intensive agriculture - are a a major d=
river of deforestation, in turn, a major cause of climate change. Agrofuels=
from palm oil in particular are accelerating the burning of Indonesian for=
ests and underlying peat bogs with truly astronomical emissions as a result=
In Italy and Germany there are already large numbers of agrofuel power plan=
ts and almost all of them use palm oil because it is by far the cheapest fe=
edstock. It is pretty certain that agrofuel power plants in the UK will fol=
low the same economic logic.
Burning palm oil is probably the most environmentally damaging and climate =
negative way to produce power and yet this seems to be what the government =
wants to subsidise!
------------------------------------Maryla | 21.10.2009 16:10