12 Sep '11, 9am

Biomass schemes will boost destructive timber imports, claims wood industry

Big wood companies are trying to halt Drax, RWE and others pressing ahead with lower-carbon energy schemes which would see large power stations switch from burning coal to timber. The wood industry fears that thousands of jobs in its factories will be threatened by the 'green' power plans, and wants government to remove the subsidies facilitating the moves. FURTHER READING Government denies spiralling biomass demand could fuel land grabs Ministers urged to back biomass with subsidy certainty Wildlife and environmental groups are also alarmed that the new biomass schemes could trigger a huge escalation in wood imports and threaten rainforests. "We have already seen a 50 per cent increase in wood prices over the last three years because of these kinds of energy developments, and we do not think they should be receiving subsidies for schemes which we believe are not carbon-fr...

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