02 Dec 2016

Europe will begin phasing out coal subsidies and cut its energy use by 30% before the end of the next decade, under a major clean energy package announced in Brussels on Wednesday. The 1,000 page blueprint to help the EU meet its Paris climate commitments also proposes measures to cut household electricity bills, integrate renewables […]

02 Dec 2016

TTIP, TPP, CETA et al. are bad for the climate, equality, democracy and social justice. So is Trump. Climate change, and its attendant injustices, cannot be tackled without fundamentally challenging the economic system. A system that serves the interests of – and has been shaped and perpetuated by – the richest and most powerful. This […]

02 Dec 2016

A liquidator has been appointed after a rescue plan for Ireland’s biggest independent biomass power plant failed. The $212m 42.5 MW biomass high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plant located on the former Asahi site in Killala, Co. Mayo, western Ireland had initially sought court protection from its creditors under examinership in August. The […]

02 Dec 2016

I believe I was not alone in being surprised with the results of the 2016 elections. President-elect Trump alongside a Republican majority Senate and House—a far cry from the outcome predicted by so many—is what we are now preparing for. There are some clear opportunities for biomass under the new circumstances, but also many questions […]

29 Nov 2016

The recent spate of plans for coal-fired power plants in Sub-Saharan Africa has generated opposition on environmental grounds. Campaigners and some European governments argue that such projects are irresponsible in terms of carbon emissions. Yet while the contribution to climate change is certainly unwelcome, such criticism misses a lot of wider points. South Africa has […]

25 Nov 2016

Sir, Donald McBride (Letters, November 17) makes some important points about the current capability of storage. A recent report commissioned by Drax and written by researchers working at Imperial College London revealed that in the last quarter more than half of Britain’s electricity was produced from low-carbon energy sources, with much of it coming from […]

21 Nov 2016

Washingtonians take climate change seriously. Our laws reflect that, by counting renewable biomass energy from our forests as climate-friendly in part because we sustain our working forests. But gridlock in the other Washington threatens to cripple investments essential to our state’s climate policy. Congress could change this. Until recently our federal government treated biomass energy […]

18 Nov 2016

A campaign highlighting the role of biomass as a source of renewable heat has been launched. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Wood Heat Association (WHA) are urging the government to prioritise decarbonisation of heat and support the continued use of sustainable, affordable and low carbon biomass. It follows the closure of the consultation […]

16 Nov 2016

Wind and solar power are likely to be less expensive than biomass to replace coal in the UK, a new study released today says. Published by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and conducted by London-based Vivid Economics, the study says the “truly clean”, renewable forms of energy also will help the UK reduce […]

16 Nov 2016

Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure, and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis claims. Conducted by environmental groups BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment (T&E), the study states that if Europe does not limit the use of bioenergy eligible […]