Why was the world’s biggest biomass power station closed down – and what does this mean for forests?
Background to Tilbury B:
On 13th August, Tilbury B, so far the world’s biggest biomass power station commissioned so far, was shut down for good. It is sited along the Thames east of London and was opened as a coal power station in 1968 and later acquired by RWE Npower. It was one of several UK coal power stations which did not meet the EU’s 2001 Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) because of its very high sulphur dioxide
Historically, UK coal and …
Joint Press Release from Global Forest Coalition and Indigenous Environmental Network
26 November, 2010
REDD Will Violate Rights, Accelerate Emissions, Groups Warn
Cancún, Mexico – Indigenous and environmental rights groups warn that an agreement on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico will spell disaster for forest peoples worldwide, limiting the rights of indigenous and peasant people over their territories. The real solution, the groups argue, is for developed countries to reduce …
Ottawa, November 22, 2010.
Whether we’re talking about global energy, climate change, food security or commodity trade – agriculture has quickly taken centre stage in the new global
economy. It’s an economy worth trillions – and it all starts with plants.
The world’s biggest corporations are rushing to grab and convert living plant matter – called “biomass” — into fuel, chemicals, and other profitable
products. Corn and sugarcane are already being converted to biofuels on a large scale, but trees, grasslands and …
Nagoya, Japan, 18 October 2010 -Environmental and social justice groups warn that incentives for wood-based bio-energy will trigger dramatic biodiversity loss, as forests and grasslands are converted to monocultures. The groups urge governments to immediately end subsidies and other support for bio energy production.
Forest groups urge European governments to stop support for industrial bioenergy
As forests campaigners, activists and Indigenous Peoples Organisation make a tour through Europe to inform policymakers about the dangers of wood-based bioenergy, the Global Forest Coalition presents a briefing paper that sums up the dire consequences for forests and forest communities.
Read the briefing paper
Seminar wood-based bio energy, impact on forests and forest dependent people