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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 coal and …

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 countries to reduce …

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, grasslands and …