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  • New EU Rules To Allow Burning Of Whole Forests For Biomass

    • Date: 27/01/18
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That
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    The wood-pellet biomass industry has long maintained that it is only burning wood residues — the bits of trees left over from other uses. Wood that otherwise would have left on the forest floor and decomposed anyway. Environmental campaigners in the US have uncovered much evidence to indicate that this is not true, and that […]

  • Blow To Drax Biomass Plan As Europe Launches State Aid Investigation

    • Date: 06/01/16
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times
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    Plans to convert Britain’s biggest power station to run on greener fuels were in jeopardy last night after the European Commission ordered an “in-depth investigation” into a possible violation of state aid rules. The giant Drax plant in North Yorkshire, which was built in the 1970s and runs mainly on coal, has already converted two […]

  • Burning Wood As Renewable Energy Threatens Europe’s Climate Goals

    • Date: 23/06/18
    • Inside Climate News
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    Scientists say a new EU policy on biomass is ‘simplistic and misleading’ and will increase CO2 emissions. U.S. forests are being turned into wood pellets to feed demand. The European Union declared this week that it could make deeper greenhouse gas cuts than it has already pledged under the Paris climate agreement. But its scientific […]

  • Europe’s Green Energy Burning Is Killing 40,000 People Per Year, Study Claims

    • Date: 16/01/18
    • Linde Zuidema, Euractiv
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    Domestic wood burning has become more widespread in Europe in recent years. Exposure to smoke from domestic biomass use caused 40,000 deaths across the EU28 in 2014, new study claims. The European Union’s dependence on burning solid biomass – most of it wood – to meet its renewable energy targets makes no sense environmentally. It […]

  • Europe’s Great ‘Green’ Energy Swindle: Destroying Forests, Increasing CO2 Emissions

    • Date: 20/12/17
    • Fred Pearce, Yale Environment 360
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    Most of Europe new “green” power has actually come from burning wood in converted coal power stations. The forests of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi — as well as those in Europe — are being destroyed to sustain a European fantasy about renewable energy. A loophole in carbon-accounting rules is spurring a boom in burning […]

  • European Nations Set To Wipe Out Forests To Cheat On CO2 Emissions

    • Date: 23/05/17
    • Fred Pearce, New Scientist
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    It looks like greenwash.  European nations publicly keen to boost their climate credentials by switching to “green” biomass are accused of working behind the scenes to expunge their carbon emissions from burning wood in power stations from national emissions statistics. “If we don’t measure emissions when trees are cut, we won’t measure them at all,” says […]

  • At Last: Britain Preparing To Scrap EU Renewables Targets As Part Of A Bonfire Of Red Tape After Brexit

    • Date: 15/04/17
    • Steven Swinford, The Daily Telegraph
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    Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit. Government sources told The Daily Telegraph that the target, under the EU Renewable Energy Directive, is likely to be scrapped after Brexit. The UK is currently […]

  • The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat on Climate and Forests

    • Date: 23/02/17
    • Duncan Brack, Chatham House
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    Although most renewable energy policy frameworks treat biomass as carbon-neutral at the point of combustion, biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels. Although most renewable energy policy frameworks treat biomass as carbon-neutral at the point of combustion, biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels. Fuel […]

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