Monday, August 13, 2012

[biofuelwatch] New email alert - and upcoming event in Edinburgh

A call to action against big biomass in Cumbria, and an event invitation for Scottish Activists for your diary.

(1) Please object to biomass power station plans at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

The issue: Energy giant Centrica wants to build a large-scale biomass power station in Barrow in Furness. The 80MW power station would burn up to 800,000 green tonnes of wood per year, which means it will be largely reliant on imported wood. It states wood imports are likely to come from North and South America and the Baltics. In Canada and the southern US, clearcutting of biodiverse forests is escalating as a result of the growing demand for bioenergy.  In the longer-term, energy companies are looking increasingly to eucalyptus plantations in South America for woodchip and pellet supplies. The power station will run at around 28 - 30% efficiency with no real prospect of delivering heat, and will worsen air quality in the local area. At a time when scientists warn burning biomass can worsen global warming due to the carbon debt incurred by burning wood, this is a false solution.

A campaign against the power station is being led by the local Furness Opposes Biomass group, who have delivered a petition with 13,000 signatures against it to the Government.  Please see
and please contact the group (or us) if you live locally and would like to get more involved in this campaign.

How to object: Because this is such a big proposal, it is classified as a project of national significance and so you must register with the Planning Inspectorate to object. This is very simple and only takes a couple of minutes. For full info including a step-by-step of how to register, see

(2) 'Bioenergy for the Future: At What Cost?' Scottish Parliamentary event, 6pm-7.30pm, 13th September

Scottish activists, save the date. Biofuelwatch and Friends of the Earth Scotland are co-hosting a FREE EVENING event in the Scottish Parliament to brief as many MSPs as possible about the environmental and human rights impacts of biomass. With hints that the Scottish Government will continue to subsidise industrial-scale biomass on the proviso that it is 'sustainable', we'll be launching a report which exposes how flimsy the term 'sustainable biomass' really is. We need to make sure that Scottish MSPs are briefed and know all the facts. Please come, and invite your MSPs to come too.

You can find out more about the event and register your place as soon as possible, visit

We'll be heading to the pub after the event too for those who want to spend a bit more time discussing pushing on forwards with the Biomass/biofuels campaign in Scotland.


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