Burning wood in power stations is not clean energy and should not be subsidised by the public if the UK is serious about tackling the climate emergency and building back better after the coronavirus. Government subsidies for this false climate solution must end now.
Do your bit to protect the world’s forests: Ask your MP to call for biomass subsidies to be redirected to low-cost and truly clean and renewable energy like solar and wind.
Nearly 8 million tonnes of wood pellets were imported into the UK to be burnt for energy.
348 km2 of US forests were harvested to supply just a portion of this demand – an area of woodland roughly the size of the New Forest.
Drax alone emitted 13 million tonnes of CO2 from burning wood as fuel for electricity.
We need to protect forests to combat our climate crisis – not cut them down and burn them for energy.
Billions in subsidies for this dirty energy increases electricity costs and diverts money from real clean energy.
Forests are some of the most incredible places on Earth. Burning trees does not generate clean energy.
UK demand for wood-fuelled electricity degrades the habitats of many animals.
Burning trees is fake clean energy. It makes climate change worse and destroys habitats and wildlife.
Forests are home to precious animal species that need our protection, such as the highly endangered red wolf.
However, the UK wastes more than £1 billion a year subsidising burning trees for electricity, with much of the wood cut down and shipped from precious forests overseas.
The UK’s massive demand for wood-fuelled electricity is accelerating climate change, destroying forest habitats and endangering wildlife. The forests where much of the UK’s wood for biomass electricity is sourced are “some of the most biologically important habitats in North America,” according to the World Wildlife Fund, and are home to at-risk species like the Louisiana black bear.
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Cut Carbon Not Forests is a campaign to remove subsidies from companies that burn trees for electricity, co-ordinated by a coalition of UK and US-based NGOs. Out of £1.7 billion in biomass electricity subsidies, £1.26 billion was paid out via the Renewables Obligation Certificates scheme and can be redirected immediately. Join us in asking the Government to redirect biomass subsidies to real clean and renewable energy.