A webinar exploring the unjust carbon accounting rules which allow responsibility for carbon emissions from biomass to fall on producing, rather than consuming, countries. It includes the screening of the documentary “The Impact of APSD Plantation on Communities in Atebubu” by Civic Response. The documentary explores the impacts that plantations established for a biomass power plant, are having on a local community in the Bono East Region of Ghana
Location: Worldwide, Continent - North America, Country - United States
Type of resource: Fact Sheet
Topics: Scientist statements
Scientists with expertise in forest and fire ecology and climate change in California, are compelled to expose the many false claims from the biomass industry in regards, in particular the claim that harvesting wood for biomass is good fire management practise.
A new investigation from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that more than a dozen biomass facilities and pellet factories across four countries in Eastern and Central Europe received tens of thousands of whole logs from protected forests. Not only were these inputs not wood waste, as the industry claims, but they were sourced from Natura 2000 sites, Nature Reserves and National Parks, contributing to the destruction of the last wild forests on the continent.
In this paper, we review the present IPCC carbon mass flow approach and propose a change in the reporting and accounting methods that has the potential to address this national GHG emissions reporting issue.
Topics: Bioeconomy, Forests and Biodiversity, Fossil Fuels
NGO ZERO has exposed the industry’s unsustainable use of biomass In Portugal to reveal a significant recent increase in installed capacity.
Around 815,000 tonnes of wood pellets were produced in Portugal in 2021, requiring more than 1.5 million tonnes of wood. 510,000 tonnes were exported, mostly to burn in converted coal-fired power stations and other plants that burn biomass for electricity generation in the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands.
In Portugal there are now 26 pellet plants with a total installed capacity of over 1.7 million tonnes per year. Pine (maritime pine or pinheiro bravo) is the main species used by pellet manufacturers and most of the wood they use is from whole trees directly from forestry operations. This has significant climate impacts, and puts enormous pressure on pine stands that are already in rapid decline in Portugal.
The report documents systematic human rights abuses against Indigenous Peoples across protected areas worldwide. It identifies trends occurring in an almost identical manner across 10 protected areas worldwide. These trends include forced displacements, losses of ancestral lands, beatings, sexual violence, looting, extrajudicial killings, and torching of property, often perpetrated by empowered, overzealous, and militarized law enforcement personnel and park rangers.
WHY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S 2030 CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROPOSAL IS UNFIT FOR FORESTS
As part of her bid to be European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen committed to increasing the European Union’s (EU) target for cutting greenhouse gases from 40 to 55 per cent. Now that she is President, the Commission has set about revising its climate and energy legislation to be ‘fit for 55’. They released their proposals in July 2021. This briefing looks at three key parts of that legislation package (the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation (LULUCF) and the Forest Strategy) and analyses what effect they will have on forests. Its conclusions are worrying.
Big biomass burns wood in huge volumes for electricity and industrial heat. Large scale use of forest biomass adversely affects climate, biodiversity, communities, and the transition to low carbon renewables. Burning wood for energy is emissive. In fact burning wood for energy produces at least as much CO2 as burning coal per unit of energy produced, and usually more. Yet many countries treat biomass energy as zero carbon or as carbon neutral and therefore
give it financial and regulatory support as a ‘renewable’ energy.
Biomass produces heat and electricity by burning wood reduced to pellets. These pellets are composed of roundwood and logging residues and often burned with a mixture of coal.
The Korean government sees biomass as renewables and pushes more support for this forest fuel than it does for solar or wind power. However, most of these pellets sourced within the country come from destructive clear-cutting. Science says burning trees quickly releases a massive amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which could otherwise be contained in those trees for centuries.
Mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss starts from protecting and restoring our forests back to their natural state. The future is not in flames.