Ecological and economical nonsense of new large-scale biomass plants in Belgium

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By guest author Sara Van Dyck, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Belgium Today, biomass plays an important role in Belgium’s renewable electricity supply. But Belgian governments have just pledged more money towards new large-scale biomass plants even though a recent study clearly shows that biomass power is not only a risky option from an environmental perspective, it’s also […]

An atlas of environmental justice conflicts

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By Nick Meynen, Project Officer, Global Policies and Sustainability Unit, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Far from most eyes and ears, environmental collisions between industry and local communities are occurring around the world. The Atlas of Environmental Justice, created by a global coalition of academics and activists, shows the where, why and what has been happening. […]

DRAX, UK – Up in Flames

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By guest author Fred Pearce, author and journalist – article from Fern’s report ‘Up in Flames’ Drax is one of Europe’s largest power stations. Its 12 giant cooling towers dominate the landscape of the Trent Valley in eastern England. It generates up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity – meeting a tenth of the UK’s demand – […]

Romania – Up in Flames

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By guest author Fred Pearce, author and journalist – article from Fern’s report ‘Up in Flames’ Romania’s forests are being over-exploited to supply demand for biomass both within the country and across Europe. While the logging business remains dominated by the state company Romsilva, its markets are increasingly international, with Austrian companies in particular driving an orgy of […]

Threatened Forests – interview with Director Benoît Grimont

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Director Benoît Grimont gets personal about his experiences filming ‘Threatened Forests’, a documentary which charts the recent arrival of biomass power in France and how this industry treats wood as a seemingly endless supply of ‘renewable’ energy. The film reveals the true threat that biomass energy poses to forests in […]