Release: Drax facility fined $2.5M for major pollution violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February, 18, 2021 Small Mississippi town had been blasted by toxics for years; Likely the largest fine ever levied against a wood pellet company Joint Statement from NAACP, EEECHO, Environmental Integrity Project, Southern Echo, Mississippi State Conference NAACP, Dogwood Alliance, and Cut Carbon Not Forests Coalition Mississippi regulators have fined the […]

Want to Protect Forests? Stop Burning Forests as Fuel

The biomass debate in the Netherlands continues to burn hot. For over two years, people have organized and protested against the country’s largest proposed biomass combustion plant slated to be built in Diemen, a small town just north of Amsterdam. Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company behind the project, is feverishly trying to show their business […]

UK Climate “Ambition” is Clearcutting Climate Resiliency

At the beginning of December, the UK introduced a target to cut carbon emissions by 68% (based on 1990 levels) in the next decade. The government wants to brand its climate target as “ambitious,” but this is not the holiday present the climate was asking for. In reality, the UK’s climate targets are unlikely to […]

Germany must not subsidize a switch from coal to forest biomass

International groups warn that new German subsidies for coal-to biomass conversions could cause damage to forests around the world 25 environmental NGOs from the USA and Estonia sent a letter to members of the Bundesrat ahead of last week’s debate about a reform to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) which, the groups fear, could result […]

Ten Reasons to Not Burn Biomass

This is a guest blog by Dr. Louise Vet and Dr. Martijn Katan, originally posted in Dutch paper, Trouw, on October 9, 2020. Professor Vet prepares to provide expert testimony during a Dutch Parliamentary hearing on biomass today, October 14, 2020. The Netherlands is one of the primary importers of biomass sourced from the Southern […]