Burning Forests for Electricity!?!

A burning question

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Burning native timber for renewable energy could prop up an ailing native forest industry, but the forests could earn millions in carbon credits if they’re not logged. Both options are hotly disputed and the argument opens a new front in the long running and politically-charged ‘forest wars’. Gregg Borschmann investigates.

Including forest 'waste' in the RET is bad for emissions, says research

Monday, June 29, 2015

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A new scientific study shows that Australian forests are better for the climate left standing compared with being logged. The finding comes as the senate had cleared the way for forest burning in the renewable energy target.

Hensleigh Creek logged East Gippsland April 2015NEW SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH has called into question the wisdom of the Australian senate's decision last week to allow the burning of wood under the renewable energy target.

How world's biggest green power plant is actually INCREASING greenhouse gas emissions and Britain's energy bill

Sunday, June 7, 2015

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  • Drax power station in Yorkshire uses wood pellets to create electricity
  • The move from coal was considered to be environmentally friendly
  • But far from cutting emissions, change is actually increasing them
  • In turn, it is adding millions of pounds to Britain's electricity bills

Burning ambition: Why the forestry industry needs the RET

Friday, June 5, 2015

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On Wednesday, shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler moved an amendment to the RET legislation on behalf of the Labor opposition, that would disqualify native forest biomass as an eligible fuel source for renewable energy credits in the legislation itself. The fate of the amendment will be decided on the cross bench in the Senate on or after June 15, when parliament resumes sitting.

Tasmanian Forest

When Environment Minister Greg Hunt introduced the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill on May 26, he reinstated native forest wood waste as a renewable energy source in the RET scheme. In doing this he made good on a pre-election promise and overturned the 2011 amendment made by the former Labor government, excluding native forest wood waste from the RET.

VicForests losing millions, but promises 'no massive forest furnaces' under new RET deal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Leaked business and corporate plans from Victoria's state-owned forestry business, VicForests, reveal multi-million dollar taxpayer losses and logging operations in parts of the state that 'are not commercial'.

Timber company to benefit as RET deal creates market for unsaleable timber, says VicForests analysis

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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The revised Renewable Energy Target (RET) currently before Parliament would provide a market for otherwise unsaleable timber, according to a document from Victoria's state-owned forestry business, VicForests, obtained by the ABC.

Australian forests need your help – today

Friday, May 15, 2015

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Environmentalist and campaigner Frances Pike explains why Australian native forests are currently facing their greatest threat and how you can make a difference.

The so-called native forest “waste” that is the sticking point in current Renewable Energy Target negotiations is not sawdust, tree stumps or branches. If the industry gets its way it will be thousands of living, breathing trees in State Forests, homes to wildlife, many of them already threatened species that can be burnt to provide subsidised electricity.

Call for moratorium on bioenergy

Friday, May 8, 2015

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Our governments should take note: some US Senators are wanting a moratorium on use of bioenergy as renewable energy under their Clean Power Plan.  They believe that by claiming biomass power plants that burn forest ‘waste’ emit zero emissions, it could undermine the ability of the Plan to reduce emissions from the power sector.