The global trend is seeing native forests cut down to be burnt in electricity furnaces and termed ‘renewable power’. This further damages climate, natural carbon stores and our forests and wildlife.
October 22, 2020
The below is the media release which Environment Justice Australia put out in early June 2019 after our VCAT case against the plans for the large industrial garbage incinerator in the Latrobe Valley. We managed to secure stricter conditions on the project and a new condition that they would not be burning native forest wood. …
June 4, 2019
EEG has negotiated more strict conditions in EPA’s approval of a giant garbage incinerator. This waste burner is planned to be built as part of the Reflex paper factory’s operations in the Latrobe Valley.
April 30, 2019
Both major parties have chosen to bow down to industry and/or union pressure to allow the burning of public forests for power generation.
December 22, 2018
Labor has said it would allow our forests to fuel furnaces for electricity generation if it gets in – as part of its proposed new environment legislation!
October 24, 2018
EEG made the below submission to the EPA opposing the woodchip/paper mill’s proposed giant waste to energy incinerator.
June 21, 2017
Throwing forests into furnaces to supposedly help our climate has been the dream of the native forest logging industry for years. First our governments and the CEFC are coal-captured and now logger-captured. No. It’s definately NOT carbon neutral. A shame this story repeated the lie that burning forests reduces emissions. It is in fact THREE …
May 4, 2017
Putting VicForests as the overseer of these trials has discredited the trial’s integrity right from the start. Trials are currently underway to assess ‘mechanical fuel reduction’ in our public forests. The details are sketchy but seem to be based on a US practice of using heavy machinery with mulching/shredding capacity to run through native forests …
March 20, 2017
The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors, writes Frances Pike. SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy”, just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly, the combustion emits …
February 24, 2017
Findings: Subsidized wood power plants actually emit more carbon than burning coal An important new report issued overnight in London has demolished the assumption that forest biomass should be considered a carbon-neutral source of energy. This has major implications for climate policy in Australia, where native forest biomass energy was controversially included into the Renewable …
February 23, 2017
Subsidies should end for many types of biomass, a new Chatham House report argues, because they are failing to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. The report adds that policymakers should tighten up accounting rules to ensure the full extent of biomass emissions are included. The analysis outlines how policies intended to boost the use of …