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[Biofuelwatch] Biofuelwatch August Newsletter




Biofuelwatch August Newsletter
Biofuelwatch August Newsletter
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Dear subscriber, this is the August edition of our UK newsletter, with details of recent news from bioenergy developments and campaigns. This edition has the latest news about the Green Investment Bank and biomass, about a new report published by the UK government (DECC) about carbon emissions from biomass, and about threatened commercialisation of Genetically Engineered trees in Brazil and the US.  We also have some good news about two successful local campaigns against power stations which we helped oppose.

In this newsletter:

1. UK government report admits that biomass electricity can be worse for the climate than coal
2. Threat of GE Trees grows in Brazil and US but so does the global opposition to them
3. More bad loans by the Green Investment Bank
4. Two destructive biomass plants and a biofuel one stopped in the UK

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1. UK government report admits that biomass electricity can be worse for the climate than coal - but doesn't let facts get in the way of its multi-billion pound support for the biomass industry

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has finally published a long-awaiting report about carbon emissions from burning North American wood in UK power stations.  The report confirms that electricity from burning North American wood can be worse for the climate than electricity from coal for the foreseeable future.  Worse still, it makes it clear that bioenergy that is particularly bad for the climate would still be classed as 'low-carbon' under the greenhouse gas methodology proposed by the European Commission.  DECC's proposed greenhouse gas standards for biomass rely on the same deeply flawed methodology. Under their standards, biomass will continue to be subsidised even if, by DECC's own calculations, it is worse than coal for the climate!


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Image: Dogwood Alliance, http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/campaigns/bioenergy/maps-graphics/

2. Threat of GE Trees grows in Brazil and the US, but so does the global opposition to it

Commercial planting of Genetically Engineered Trees could, for the first time, be permitted in Brazil and in the US.  In both countries, unprecedented applications to grow millions of GE eucalyptus trees are currently pending.  Biofuelwatch is part of the global Stop GE Trees alliance, which is expanding and stepping up mobilisation against those proposals and against GE trees worldwide: http://stopgetrees.org/genetically-engineered-eucalyptus-trees-brazil-us/
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Source: http://stopgetrees.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/MSTCamp.jpg

3. More bad loans by the Green Investment Bank 

Over the past month, the Green Investment Bank has backed a highly controversial biomass plant in the Scottish Highlands and a waste incinerator in Derby which has faced major local opposition.

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4. Two destructive biomass plants and a biofuel one stopped in UK

Good news from Anglesey and Mid Suffolk, where two destructive power station developments have been stopped, both of which had been opposed by Biofuelwatch and local campaigners.
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