Since we first sent out this alert, we were contacted by Temi Moffitt who has first-hand experience of the forest destruction caused by Drax (and thus by the public subsidies they receive), which we would like to share with everybody:
"I would like to share my experience of the end results of the government subsidies being paid to power plants like Drax, who burn biofuels in the UK... Read More
2. Biofuelwatch is recruiting: New part-time UK post for a Bioenergy Campaigner
Biofuelwatch is looking for a part-time Bioenergy Campaigner to help us build our campaign against biomass power stations – and for the closure of Drax power station through ending their generous public subsidies.
If you are interested in this post, live in the UK and have experience in campaigning, ideally related to environmental justice, then please go to http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/bioenergy-campaigner/ to download the job description and person specification, and the application form. The deadline is Monday, 5th October, 12 noon.
3. Bioenergy Out: Joint briefing shows why bioenergy must not be included in the next EU Renewable Energy Directive
A joint briefing by NOAH (Friends of the Earth Denmark), Biofuelwatch, Econexus, Global Forest Coalition, World Rainforest Movement, Rettet den Regenwald e.V./Rainforest Rescue, and Corporate Europe Observatory summarises the harm done by the inclusion of biofuels and wood-based bioenergy in renewable energy policies and thereby subsidy regimes across the EU. The groups are calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the 2020-30 EU Renewable Energy Directive, and for energy and climate policies that genuinely benefit the climate, people and environment. These policies must emphasise the need for social and economic changes to limit demand for energy.
Image: Rettet den Regenwald/Rainforest Rescue
4. Plantations are not Forests: Civil Society groups hold alternative programme in protest at World Forestry Congress in Durban
From, 7th to 11th September, the World Forestry Congress (WFC) was held in Durban. The WFC is convened every six years by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. It has long been criticised by civil society groups and social movements for promoting the interests of the timber industry while ignoring the voices of forest-dependent and other communities who bear the brunt of the negative impacts of industrial tree plantations and industrial logging.
5. Drax exploits hype about "bioenergy with carbon capture and storage" in subsidies quest for new coal power station
You couldn't make it up: Drax is planning to build the UK's first new coal power station since 1972, and it won't even have to capture much if any of the CO2 emitted by it. And, now it's claiming this coal power station will be "'carbon negative"! Read More
6. Dogwood Alliance find out more about where Drax is getting wood from – and it's not pretty
Back in December 2014, Dogwood Alliance followed logging trucks to Enviva's Ahoskie pellet mill in North Carolina, one that supplies Drax. They took photos of whole logs from clearcut wetland forests being trucked to the pellet mill, showing conclusively that whole trees from clearcut wetland forests are being turned into pellets and exported to Drax.
This summer, Dogwood Alliance campaigners went to visit Drax's own newly opened pellet mill in Mississippi, as well as a pellet plant in Florida which was recently acquired by Enviva. Read More
Clearcut bottomland hardwood forest in North Carolina, close to a pellet mill supplying Drax; Photo: Dogwood Alliance