Biofuelwatch is currently campaigning against the provision of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for biofuel and biomass power stations, and you can help by:

To lobby you MP, please download the Biofuelwatch .pdf and send a copy to your MP, along with any further comments you wish to make.

The public meeting in London on 4th October (6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lumen Centre) will highlight the real cost of subsidies for biofuel and biomass electricity.

The 22nd October protest against subsidies (Renewable Obligation Certificates) for biofuel and biomass power stations, will take place outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) office in London.

The September 24th demonstration against fossil fuels and Forth Energy’s biomass power stations will take place in Edinburgh.

Further details of all of these actions are available from the Biofuelwatch website.

Background

Although DECC previously announced that a consultation would be published during the summer and by 5th September at the latest, we are still waiting for it to come out. In the meantime, Biofuelwatch is organising a public meeting (free of charge, no pre-booking required) about The Real Cost of Subsidies for Biofuel and Biomass Electricity. This will be held at the Lumen Centre URC Hall, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS (close to St Pancras Station) on Tuesday, 4th Octohber from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Speakers will include:

  • Elias Mtinda, Food Rights Coordinator for ActionAid Tanzania:Impacts of biofuels, including jatropha on communities and food sovereignty in Tanzania
  • Emilia Hanna, Biofuelwatch: Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for biomass and biofuels in the UK – Impact on power station developments and of biomass effects on forests, communities and climate
  • Kenneth Richter, Agrofuel Campaigner, Friends of the Earth: What do ROCs for biofuels mean for communities affected by the expansion of oil palm and jatropha plantations?
  • UK biomass burning and the growth of industrial tree plantations in the South – Speaker to be confirmed

According to event organiser Almuth Ernsting:

Biofuelwatch hopes that some MPs will attend the meeting and are therefore asking supporters to help by sending an invitation to their MP with a personal covering message.

Download an invitation (in .pdf format)with full details of the event and the background to send to your MP.

The event will coincide with and discuss a forthcoming government consultation about subsidies – Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) – for ‘renewable electricity’, including biofuels and biomass. The current rules for ROCs have led to planning applications for more than 50 biofuel and biomass power stations.

Experience in Germany and Italy shows that, for biofuel power stations, palm oil is generally the only economically viable choice because it is far cheaper than other types of vegetable oil. Palm oil, according to the UN Environment Programme, is the main cause of permanent forest loss in Indonesia and Malaysia. It is also linked to the displacement of Indigenous Peoples, other forest dependent peoples and small farmers, in many cases involving human rights abuses.

For more information, see www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/uk-campaign/ or contact biofuelwatch@ymail.com

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