Sunday, November 10, 2013

[biofuelwatch] Observer covers Biofuelwatch "A Burning Issue" report





Forests could face threat from biomass power 'gold rush'

Sustainability fear over new power stations' demand for wood pellets after report says their use has implications globally

Britain's new generation of biomass power stations will have to source millions of tonnes of wood from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of the new technology.
Ministers believe biomass technology could provide as much as 11% of the UK's energy by 2020, something that would help it meet its carbon commitments. The Environment Agency estimates that biomass-fired electricity generation, most of which involves burning wood pellets, can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared with coal-fired power stations. Eight biomass power stations, including one in a unit in the giant Drax power station, are operating in the UK and a further seven are in the pipeline. None operates near capacity.
But now environmental groups are questioning where the new plants will source their wood if the technology takes off. A campaign group, Biofuelwatch, calculates in a new report that the UK could end up burning as much as 82m tonnes of biomass each year – more than eight times the UK's annual wood production.


Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/09/biomass-power-stations-wood-forests-report







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

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