Letter To The Telegraph
By Paul Homewood
This is the letter I have just sent to the Sunday Telegraph in response to Dorothy Thompson’s yesterday:
Dorothy Thompson (Letters, 5th Feb) claims that Drax’s biomass plant makes carbon savings of 80%, compared with coal. However, this is based on EU accounting rules, which classify burning wood as “zero carbon”.
Drax’s own figures show that CO2 emissions from biomass are actually 12% greater than coal for each unit of electricity generated.
In the US, environmentalists are horrified by the wanton destruction of ancient woodlands there, all in the name of supplying the ever increasing demand for wood pellets by European biomass plants.
For instance, one report by the Natural Resources Defense Council stated that “the massive additional demand for biomass being driven by the bioenergy industry now threatens to destroy ecosystems that can never be replaced”
Biomass is neither green nor sustainable
We’ll see if they print it!
Across the EU as a whole, biomass & renewable waste accounted for about 5% of total electricity generation in 2014, a similar proportion as in the UK.