Bubble bursts for Britain’s biomass burning boom
Is there any good news? Yes – biomass subsidies are due to end in 2027.
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By Paul Homewood
Back in May, I reported on a letter sent to Ed Davey by a group of American scientists, attacking UK subsidies for biomass plants. They pointed out that burning biomass could actually increase CO2 emissions, as well as causing other environmental problems.
DECC were so alarmed that they had to commission a report.
It seems that even the BBC, belatedly, have picked up on this problem. In July they reported:
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
UK taxpayers subsidise energy firms to burn wood to meet EU renewables targets.
But the report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows sometimes much bigger carbon savings would be achieved by leaving the wood in the forests.
This suggests power firms may be winning subsidies for inadvertently making climate change even…
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