‘Greenwashing’ power station given £2.4m in daily subsidies must ‘justify environmental claims’

Posted: July 27, 2022 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, Energy, net zero, Subsidies
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Biomass on the move [image credit: Drax]

These allegations have been ongoing for years. ‘Renewable’ trees during a supposed climate emergency – how does that work? Maybe the end game is approaching, or more likely some fudge will emerge.
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A power station accused of “greenwashing” which is handed £2.4 million in government subsidies every day must justify its environmental claims, the OECD has said.

Drax’s claim that it generates “carbon neutral” electricity by burning wood is being examined over allegations that it misleads consumers in breach of guidelines set down by governments across the world, reports The Telegraph.

A complaint was raised by a group of NGOs under the banner the Forest Litigation Collaborative, who allege that Drax “misled the public and investors, pocketing billions in publicly funded renewable energy subsidies while claiming to positively impact the environment”.

The UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday that after conducting an initial assessment, it had “decided that this complaint merits further consideration” and would offer mediation to both parties.

Any finding against Drax by the NCP, which sits within the Department for International Trade, would be highly embarrassing for ministers who have made biomass central to their net zero plans.

Full report here.

  1. catweazle666 says:

    About time too!
    I don’t know if he’s still running the British end of the woodchip business, the jailbird Chris Huhne got the £100,000 PA job very soon after he was released from prison having been locked up for perverting the course of justice.
    You or I wouldn’t have a job stacking shelves after that!
    It especially ironic that Drax power station was built there because it is over one of the richest high quality seams in the country and IIRC was converted to burn wood shortly after a £multi-million scrubber upgrade to make it the cleanest in Europe.

  2. Saighdear says:

    Well I dunno, he says lifting his bunnet to wipe his brow on a difficult day at the hay with the late evening midgets squabbling over the next victim. … Funny how I’ve never been aware of any Forester commenting here on matters of trees.
    Renewable’ trees can take more than a lifetime to grow in the far north, but have a high DM and therefore I s’pose a high fuel density, but descending farther Sarth into the temperate belt, where the trees grow much quicker to harvest dimensions, they have a Lower DM content and therefore probably a Lower fuel density. Now as I’ve said many’s a time before: by the time you’ve built the power line to drive the electric mobile tree harvester (sarc), to cut and process the lumber, transport it out of the forest, and then CHIP and Pelletize ( option) it, so much energy has been expended already, it would have been more economical to burn the trees as Logs and save the Oil for driving other engines in Industry.
    How do / did those so-called learned people, ever even begin to THINK about such stupid economics ? Influence of the weed, I fear.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The Telegraph goes on to say:

    ‘Drax last year received £891 million in green subsidies – largely paid from consumers’ bills – because biomass is classed as carbon neutral at the point where it is burnt, under international accounting rules.

    The NCP ruling follows investigations by this newspaper which found that Drax, the UK’s biggest biomass plant, is burning the equivalent of 25 million trees a year to supply electricity.’
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    £891 million in subsidies, but not ‘green’. Wood burning emits more CO2 than coal, hence the review.

    As Saighdear noted, those trees are converted to wood pellets by an energy-intensive drying process before being shipped to the UK. How much of the dreaded CO2 does that generate?

    Drax says: “The world’s leading climate scientists at the UN’s IPCC say biomass is needed in order to achieve global climate targets.” – which is exactly the problem.

  4. oldbrew says:

    The way forward…

    Next Prime Minister warned not to wreck UK shale gas opportunity yet again
    Thursday 28th July 2022 | Press Release

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    Relying on imports is no longer viable.

  5. […] ‘Greenwashing’ power station given £2.4m in daily subsidies must ‘justify environmental claim… […]

  6. ilma630 says:

    As has been said by many questioning this scam, “we were right”. Question is, can the UK energy consumer reclaim all those subsidies seemingly falsely received by the generator?

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