Exclusive: energy plant paid £800m a yr by taxpayer for generating electricity classed as #renewable is biggest CO2 emitter in UK, 3rd highest in Europe. Analysis may spark debate about classing of #biomass as renewable #ClimateAction #Drax
Electricity bill-payers were "in effect paying to increase carbon emissions to the atmosphere" 🌏 said Duncan Brack, a policy analyst who has authored a report questioning #biomass policy #climate
Drax claims to have reduced its emissions by 90% since replacing coal with sustainable biomass, calling Ember's interpretation of the figures "completely at odds with what... UN IPCC say about sustainable biomass being crucial to delivering global climate targets"
Govt said it "did not recognise" Ember's figures. They said biomass was key to government plans to slash emissions 🏭 by 2050, and that the UK follows relevant guidance from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change #ClimateCrisis
Here are the charts showing #CO2 #emissions (when biomass & #coal are included) and PM10 #pollution, according to @EmberClimate's analysis (see article for full info on sourcing etc) news.sky.com/story/climate-…
@EmberClimate Biomass is classed by the UK and EU as #renewable on the assumption that forest regrowth captures the carbon dioxide released from the trees harvested for burning...
...But many scientists fear it could take too long, if ever to recapture the carbon, and in February 500 of them asked the EU to revoke biomass's 'carbon neutral' status #ClimateAction wwf.eu/?2128466%2F500…

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