Tuesday, November 22, 2011

UK alerts: No to subsidies for destructive biomass and biofuel electricity

Please click here to take part in two simultaneous email alerts and tell the government and your MP that renewable energy support should go to clean, sustainable real renewables, such as sustainably sited wind, solar and tidal energy, and not to destructive biomass and bioliquid electricity.

The Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change is currently consulting on the level of support to be given from April 2013 to all types of electricity classed as renewable, including from biomass and bioliquids. They propose to continue to support biomass on an unlimited scale – even more than at present as far as co-firing of biomass with coal is concerned.  They also propose  to support the burning of up to 400,000 tonnes of bioliquids per year (on top of the large-scale use of biofuels for transport).  If all this bioliquid were palm oil – a realistic prospect given that this is by far the cheapest vegetable oil – then 110,000 hectares of new oil palm plantations would be needed. Those subsidies mean more deforestation and climate change, more land-grabbing for tree plantations and thus more human rights abuses and more people going hungry.  At the same time, the Government is drastically cutting subsidies for solar PV and are proposing to cut back on subsidies for onshore wind which, according to Friends of the Earth, would harm small-scale and community wind projects.  
Please go to www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2011/rocs-alerts/ for a link to the alerts and to more background information.

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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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