Further Reading

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THE SUSTAINABLE BIOMASS PROGRAM: SMOKESCREEN FOR FOREST DESTRUCTION AND CORPORATE NON-ACCOUNTABILITY

A report from the NRDC and Dogwood Alliance highlighting the serious concerns about the SBP's lacking impartiality and ability to assess the true impacts of the biomass industry.

 

RENEE CHO

Renee Cho is a staff blogger at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a freelance environmental writer who aims to help people understand the severity of our environmental problems, as well as provide hope. One of her many blog posts focuses on whether biomass is truly a renewable resource.

 

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

D. Ramsey from New York, NY, asks "I know that deforestation is causing us to lose valuable carbon-dioxide absorbing forestland globally at an alarming rate. But I rarely hear about reforestation as a means to confront climate change. Does it offer too little hope for making a dent in the problem? Or might a large-scale reforestation effort in the United States or elsewhere make a significant difference?" and is answered by Director of Climate Research and Analysis Doug Boucher.

 

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

Burning wood for electricity generation in new power stations and existing coal-fired plants is about to grow rapidly in response to a generous new subsidy regime. Government projections suggest that it will increase twelve-fold over the next five years, with many coal stations considering full-scale conversion of their boilers to wood. This briefing paper looks at some of the key facts around the sustainability of 'biomass power'.

 

DOGWOOD ALLIANCE

The Dogwood Alliance began a major campaign, Our Forests Aren't Fuel, supporting alternative and competitive energy sources like solar and wind, while pressuring companies who stand to gain from the growth in burning wood for energy to put a stop to it. Dogwood Alliance is educating and activating citizens, policy makers and industry on both sides of the Atlantic to the dangers of this false energy solution.

 

UK RENEWABLE ENERGY ROADMAP, UPDATE 2013

A focus on improving sustainability of biomass with Government support targeted on more resource efficient uses of biomass, as set out in the 2012 Bioenergy Strategy. In August 2013, DECC published the sustainability standards for the use of solid biomass or biogas feedstocks that will be introduced into the RO from 1 April 2014 on a reporting basis. In August, DECC also published details of a non-legislative notification process to allocate spaces for dedicated biomass plant within the previously announced 400 MW cap under the RO.

 

CARBON BRIEF

An article in the Daily Mail said it is "lunacy" to run Drax power station on biomass instead of coal. Converting the plant to burn wood destroys forests and emits more carbon, it says. The paper calls this a "living, humming, forest-destroying symbol of the shameful absurdity of European energy policies".

Drax and the BEIS do not agree. BEIS is giving money to conversions at Drax and other power plants because they are helping the UK meet an EU target to get 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

BEIS says this will cut carbon too, if the right kind of biomass is used. But what does the right kind of biomass look like?

 

BEAC Report

A UK government report that assesses the greenhouse gas impacts and energy outputs of using North American Woody Biomass for UK electricity generation.

 

MONEY TO BURN? THE U.K. NEEDS TO DUMP BIOMASS AND REPLACE ITS COAL PLANTS WITH TRULY CLEAN ENERGY

A study commissioned by the Natural Resources Defence Council and conducted by Vivid Economics concludes that in the period 2020-2025, wind and solar are likely to be the least-cost way to ensure U.K. reliability of supply while also achieving power sector decarbonisation goals, not biomass.

 

Felled for Fuel? Why burning trees for electricity should not get UK government subsidies

A Friends of the Earth report that explains the problems associated with burning woody biomass for electricity generation and why this activity should not receive UK government subsidies.

 

The Black Book of Bioenergy

A BirdLife Europe and Central Asia report in collaboration with Transport & Environment that exposes the 'carbon con' of bioenergy.

 

 

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