Agrofuels and biomass

Key Publications

A global overview of wood-based bioenergy

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The case studies in this report show that countries in the Global South are already excessively reliant on the use of conventional wood-based sources, especially charcoal, mainly for the production of heat and electricity. In the Global North there is a shift taking place, from fossil-based fuels to wood-based energy, and this is clearly evident in the UK, the US and Sweden. Thus demand for wood is likely to increase even further. The use of wood-based bioenergy urgently needs to be reevaluated within the context of a justice-based framework that prioritises meeting basic and health needs and avoiding ecological damage.

ALERT: Biodiversity and livelihoods under attack from industrial 'bio-economy' strategy

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This two-page A4 flyer can be downloaded for distribution. It gives a concise explanation of the risks and negative impacts of bio-economy strategies and links to six key recent reports on bio-economies and other information materials, from a range of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (all of which which are also available on this website).

Nothing Neutral Here

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UK-‐based power companies are using the myth that biomass is 'carbon neutral' to continue their emissions and greenwash their polluting activities permitted under the EU Emissions Trading System and other EU legislation. This deceptive accounting undermines analysis that places emissions from biomass on a par with fossil fuels.

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Biomass Energy

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As governments in the global North look to diversify their economies away from fossil fuel and mitigate climate change, plans for biomass energy are growing fast. These are fuelling a sharp rise in the demand for wood, which, for some countries, could outstrip domestic supply capacity by as much as 600 per cent.

Losing the Plot

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The jatropha plant has been identified as an ideal source of biodiesel. However, evidence suggests that jatropha grown in its present form will not deliver the benefits its supporters have promised.

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