BECCS proponents argue the technology can play a critical role in helping the UK reach net-zero, but a group of campaigners and academics are arguing the government should direct subsidies to more proven technologies. Academics and environmental campaigners have issued a warning to the government that it is relying too heavily on unproven bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology to reach its 2050 target.
Business Green 23rd March 2021 read more »
The UK’s plan to burn more trees to generate “renewable” electricity has come under fire from green groups and sustainable investment campaigners over the controversial claim that biomass energy is carbon-neutral. A letter to the government signed by more than a dozen green groups including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth warns ministers against relying too heavily on plans to capture carbon emissions to help tackle the climate crisis. The plans are being pioneered by Drax Group, which claims that burning wood pellets is carbon-neutral because trees absorb as much carbon dioxide when they grow as they emit when they are burnt. Capturing the carbon emissions from biomass power plants would then effectively create “negative carbon emissions”, according to Drax.
Guardian 23rd March 2021 read more »
Drax shareholders are coming under pressure from environmental activists to oppose the biomass power plant owner’s purchase of a pellet producer. Last month Drax announced a £226m deal to buy Pinnacle Renewable Energy, which supplies biomass pellets from Canada and the US to Drax’s turbines in North Yorkshire, among other customers. Shareholders are due to vote on the deal on March 31, but a group of 22 organisations, including ShareAction and Friends of the Earth US, have written to them warning it creates “financial and reputational risks”.
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