Burning Forests for Electricity!?!

Burning native forests for power

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Victorian government has released a draft strategy for the future of the Forestry industry which includes lifting the current ban on burning native forests to burn as renewable energy and increasing timber contracts from ten to twenty years. These measures would undermine efforts to transform the logging industry into a climate-positive, value-adding, innovative, job-creating industry.

Burning desires

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The next big battle for Australia's south east forests is to stop NSW's Eden chipmill from burning woodchip logs to make electricity. Exchange rates are pricing their woodchips out of international woodchip markets, so plans are now afoot to create a "forest furnace". It hopes to burn so-called "waste" for power and call it "renewable".

Biofuel push a mistake

Friday, August 17, 2007

The European Union's target of ensuring 10% of petrol and diesel comes from renewable sources by 2020 is not an effective way to curb carbon emissions. Australia must also avoid this path as a 'solution' to our increasing CO2 .

Green Power or Green Wash?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Burning forests for power - back on agenda

If Mr Bracks wants to increase drought and weather extremes in the state, he's doing a great job, but they'll need an army of spin doctors to sell this latest one to the public. The Bracks government is again planning to generate power by burning Victoria's native forests.

Pasta fuel

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

In the never-ending search for new and innovative ways to make a buck from our native forests, one enterprising shipping company decided to try sending a load of Gippsland and WA woodchips to Italy for fuelling a biomass-burning electricity plant.

After enquiries, we were told that it was a financial disaster and they lost out very badly. This isn't surprising, considering it's not viable to cart chips any distance within Australia for the same purpose.

The idea of exporting forests to help boil Italian pasta should now be permanently wiped off their list of brainstorms.