No Guarantees for deforestation and air pollution: Campaigners demand 'pre-qualified' biomass and incineration projects be rejected from UK Guarantee Scheme
Download the joint letter here
Read the press release here
On Wednesday 18 December we joined forces with Friends of the Earth, UKWIN (UK Without Incineration Network) and the Campaign against Climate Change and delivered a joint letter to HM Treasury demanding that biomass to electricity and incineration projects be rejected from the 'pre-qualified' shortlist for loan guarantees under the UK Guarantee Scheme.
We also demanded that the Treasury only support genuinely sustainable and low carbon renewables projects. Many thanks to everyone who has participated in our online alert to the Treasury.
As well as the existing Â£75 million guarantee already agreed with Drax, the Treasury are considering:
A 100 MW electricity-only biomass power station in Avonmouth, proposed by Helius Energy. An average dedicated biomass power station of this size requires around 1 million green tonnes of wood a year to be burnt.
A 60 MW biomass and waste power station at Tilbury burning up to 300,000 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste, Commercial & Industrial Waste and Solid Recovered Fuel and up to 350,000 tonnes of virgin and waste wood a year
An unspecified number of Municipal and Commercial waste gasification-type incinerators by Chinook Energy