The Biomess Awards

 An alternative awards ceremony where the public vote for the biggest biomass baddie
 
 
On the 9th and 10th of April the biggest corporate names in the global biomass industry will be gathering at the “Argus European Biomass Trading 2014” conference. Representatives from key organisations will be attending to discuss how to further increase profits from the environmental destruction and social injustice, which is an inherent part of the big biomass industry.
 
Participants will include the energy companies E.On, RWE, Drax, Eggborough and GDF Suez. There will be North American wood pellet producers and exporters there and consultancies and suppliers profiting from such business. There will also be UK biomass companies in attendance, such as MGT Power and Helius, hoping to cash in on the lucrative government subsidies available for burning biomass.
 
As part of the event, these companies will be treating themselves to a gala dinner and awards ceremony designed to recognise “outstanding contributions” to the biomass industry. In response Biofuelwatch are hosting an Alternative Awards Ceremony to show contempt for this celebration of the profits of a few at the expense of many.   
 
Anyone concerned about forest destruction, carbon emissions and air pollution, is invited to come and “welcome” delegates on their way to the Gala Dinner at 7pm on Wednesday, 9th of April, outside the Gibson Hall (13 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3BA, near Bank, Monument and Liverpool tube stations).  There will be banners and placards and we will present our alternative “Biomess Award” to the Biggest Biomass Baddie at the conference. In order to choose the prize winner, we are encouraging the public to cast their vote for the Biggest Biomass Baddie in the run up to the event:
https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/biomess-awards/.  

The shortlist includes: 
 
Drax  - who are responsible for burning more wood than any other company in the UK and who source some of it from ENVIVA, implicated in ancient forest destruction;
 
The Green Investment Bank – who granted their first large loan to Drax for a £100 million to help them partially convert from coal to biomass;
 
The Department for Energy and Climate Change – who are responsible for drawing up and implementing the rules for renewable energy subsidies. These have been increasingly skewed in favour of big biomass, while support for wind and solar energy is being cut.
 
The Renewable Energy Association  - who have been acting as a mouthpiece for big energy companies investing in large-scale biomass electricity, while remaining virtually silent about the Government cutting back on support for wind and solar;
 
ENVIVA  - who are North America’s largest pellet producer. One of their mills was found to use at least 80% native trees, many from ancient swamp forests;
 
The Wood Pellet Association of Canada – who work closely with coal power station operators across Europe – their key customers. They claim that pellets made from old growth forests are sustainable and are working on opening up markets in the Boreal forest. 
 
For details of this event, to read more about our Big Biomass Baddies and to cast your vote, please visit: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/biomess-awards/ 
 
This Alternative Awards Ceremony is part of a month of events which put the spotlight on the destructive biomass industry. Visit our website for more information on what else is going on in April, including a demonstration outside the Drax AGM. Contact us by writing to biofuelwatch@ymail.com