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UK’s environmental groups urge policymakers to end biomass subsidies

Power Technology
June 23, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Environmental advocacy groups in the UK have launched a campaign to end government biomass subsidies. The ‘Cut Carbon Not Forests’ campaign urges policy-makers to reform the system. The campaign led by Biofuelwatch, Dogwood Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Southern Environmental Law Center has urged the government to redirect subsidies towards renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Biofuelwatch co-director Almuth Ernsting said: “The climate emergency requires us to build a genuinely clean-energy economy and end wasteful subsidies for dirty biomass energy. “Cutting down trees, shipping them from forests overseas and burning them in power plants was never compatible with the need to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees; that’s even clearer today. It’s long past time to redirect this aid to genuine climate solutions like wind and solar energy.”

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