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Why was the world’s biggest biomass power station closed down – and what does this mean for forests?

Posted 25th September 2013 in Biomass and Bioenergy, Blog

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 …

Forest and Indigenous Groups Reject Cancún Forest Deal

Posted 29th November 2010 in bio energy, Climate change, COP16, Indigenous Peoples

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 …

Earth Grab: The Rush to Make Agriculture Fuel the Global Economy

Posted 23rd November 2010 in Bio-Economy, Biomass and Bioenergy, Blog

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, …

EU bio-energy targets cause biodiversity loss

Posted 19th October 2010 in bio energy, Climate change

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.

New Report Reveals Major New Threats to Forests and Communities from European Bioenergy Policies

Posted 13th September 2010 in bio energy

PRESS RELEASE Forest groups urge European governments to stop support for industrial bioenergy

Briefing paper: Wood-based bio-energy: the green lie

Posted 13th September 2010 in bio energy

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

Media alert: wood-based bioenergy, impact on forests and forest dependent people

Posted 13th September 2010 in bio energy

Seminar wood-based bio energy, impact on forests and forest dependent people