UK: £1bn subsidies given to firms for burning wood could be scrapped

Posted: January 15, 2019 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government, News, Subsidies
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Drax power station [credit:]

Such massive subsidies probably couldn’t suddenly disappear, but might be scaled back or even phased out. Contrary to the report, carbon dioxide contributes nothing to air pollution..

Controversial subsidies for burning wood in power stations could be scrapped in the drive to clean up Britain’s air.

Firms across the UK that burn wood pellets currently receive about £1billion a year because, unlike coal, these are considered renewable sources of energy, says the Daily Mail.

But critics say burning wood produces similar amounts of carbon dioxide to coal, contributing to air pollution.

It also increases the logging of forests in the US, while shipping them to Britain in vast quantities has a further negative effect on the environment.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove yesterday revealed subsidies for burning wood could be scrapped as he unveiled the Government’s clean air strategy.

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  1. Gamecock says:

    ‘But critics say burning wood produces similar amounts of carbon dioxide to coal, contributing to air pollution.’

    CO2 is not air pollution.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    And it produces MORE CO2 not similar amounts.

    Not before time says I.

  3. Robin Ellis Heath says:

    Those people who turned to woodstoves in the 70s when they first took off in the UK, did so for thoughtful and environmental reasons, i.e. to replace an open fire, usually coal fuelled, and because wood was deemed ‘carbon neutral’ because of its position in the carbon cycle – it was not a fossil fuel. These stoves, and the fitting thereof, were not cheap then. In the increasingly mad world of 2019, they are now not deemed OK by our government, while air transport and road building programs suggest that the whole thing is a diversion to make it appear that those who govern us are doing something to combat air pollution and, indirectly, climate change. The idea of a law that bans the burning of wood is unenforceable and futile, and essentially it looks in the wrong direction. The real question that needs answering is: Are woodstoves then ‘eco’ or not?
    Answers on a non-combustible post card please!

  4. TinyCO2 says:

    How many bad policy moves have sceptics called now, only for a government to realise it a decade or more afterwards?

  5. Bill Treuren says:

    This is a war on the way the planet operates at a government level not a war on CAGW.
    So we know that cutting, transporting and burning a forest releases more CO2 in the forthcoming 200 years than it avoids but we still do it.
    Not a whimper from the so called greens their eye is on the ideology not the CO2.

    There would be protests in the streets if this was promoted buy industry. How do we know this look at fracing huge protests and we know that gas via the CCG plants reduce emissions to 40% of coal but it will strengthen the argument for a rational debate on what to do next within the economy.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    there is NOTHING too stupid for government not to try it and then try to BS us that it is a good deal

  7. Saighdear says:

    …. and on a parallel note wrt to the next 200 yrs ‘pollution’ – a “professor” wants us to LIMIT AGE for voting, and the cleva intellectuals ( writers broadcasters actors etc) want to LOWER voting age also…. Certainly the YOUNG do NOT have the experience and the AGED (now) had to put up with the results of THEIR predecessors …. THIS is the kind of bonkers mentality that “climate change” is instilling…. If we are living longer, then LOSING the vote in favour of bairns and foreigners – seems EU residents here can vote, isn’t that just another former of Age-ism induce by clim ch. ?

  8. kcunneen1969 says:

    The conversion of Drax and other stations to wood was not really about the climate thingy .
    It was to raise prices , end of.
    It’s what CH Douglas called Industrial sabotage
    In a Servile state prices rising faster then income is a good thing.
    I am sure it raised GDP as GDP is total prices in a economy….

  9. Saighdear says:

    Aaaaah ….. Yes, the Study of Economics is one thing, Politics and then Political Ecoonomics are quite something else…. Creates the SWAMP … much like the Brexit setup, to be topical, String-pulling like a cancer of society – present in just about EVERY walk of life now.
    TO be brutal, we killed off Foot n Mouth and BSE by completely removing the offending victims: today that is becoming increasingly difficult as the Liberal Eco-Politico-MSM Elites fight so hard against it…. What would Darwin have said about it. Not so much Food for thught as THOUGHT for food….