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Scores protest outside Drax AGM - 13 Apr 2017

Campaigners protested in three major UK cities today over concerns about power station Drax and its involvement in ‘dirty’ energy.

Members from a coalition of groups including Biofuelwatch, Coal Action Network and London Mining Network protested outside Drax’s AGM in York, the London offices of two of its major investors, Schroders and Invesco, and at Liverpool port, where some of the imported wood pellets burnt at Drax arrive in the UK.

The group said it wanted to highlighted Drax’s involvement in ‘dirty’ energy, its contribution to climate change and deforestation and its reliance on government subsidies.

In York, campaigners unfurled banners reading “End Coal Now” and “Drax the Destroyer” before listening to talks from people including Selby local councillor Andy Hines.

The coalition said that in 2016 Drax received nearly £1.5 million a day in government subsidies to burn nearly 13 million tonnes of imported wood, some of which comes from biodiverse regions in the southern US.

Supplying wood pellets for European biomass stations is, they claim, a “major cause” of forest destruction and is putting many species under threat.

Biofuelwatch, one of the groups involved in the protests, said Drax’s government subsidies should instead go towards energy conservation and “genuine” renewables.

The group’s Duncan Law, who attended the London protest, said: “We are here today to tell Drax's two largest investors that financing forest destruction is unacceptable and a bad investment decision.

“Drax relies on government subsidies to stay afloat, receiving almost £1.5 million a day which should instead be going towards energy conservation and genuine renewables such as wind and solar power.”

Katy Brown, who lives in Liverpool and attended the protest at the port, said: “We see trains leaving the port every day with 'sustainable biomass' written on them. Biomass that relies on imported wood from biodiverse ecosystems is in no way sustainable.”

Fuel Poverty Action, members of Unite and concerned locals were also involved in the protests.



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