What is it all about?
Two big, industrial scale, biofuel power stations are planned for Avonmouth near Bristol:
- Helius want to build a 100MW station burning 850 000 tonnes of wood a year
- W4B want to build a 50MW station burning 90,000 tonnes of palm oil a year
Using Biofuel on this scale is an environmental catastrophe: contributing to global warming and reducing biodiversity; it destroys communities and is a danger to health. Biofuel power generation is BAD for all these reasons:
- it actually contributes more to global warming than conventional coal power stations
- virgin forests and the wildlife in them are destroyed to create mono-culture plantations
- land is grabbed from indigenous people and their way of life destroyed
- wood dust, which will blow over us locally, is a carcinogen, as dangerous as asbestos
- biomass electricity generating stations, like that proposed by Helius, are on average only 30% efficient – 70% of the energy in the fuel is wasted
- they are uneconomic, relying on huge subsidies, which we all pay for, to make a profit.
Duncan Law of Biofuelwatch at the Helius AGM putting the case against biofuels in general, and at Avonmouth in particular.
See more films on our Big Biofuels page
We aim to STOP biofuels power stations at Avonmouth by …
- undermining the ability of Helius and W4B to raise the money they need to build the plants – by making potential investors doubt that their investments will be profitable
- lobbying Government to stop them subsidising biofuels.
If you support the following statement, please add a comment below.
As a coalition, we oppose big biofuels projects including the Helius and W4B Power Stations proposed for Avonmouth. We believe the environmental and social harm, including catastrophic climate change, deforestation, displacement of communities and local pollution and health impacts, are unacceptable. These projects are only viable with heavy public subsidy, which should instead be spent on clean, sustainable energy projects such as solar, tidal, wind and wave, determined by local communities. Together with prioritising the significant reduction of our energy consumption.
The following organisations and groups support the coalition:
- Action for Sustainable Energy for Bristol
- Friends of the Earth Bristol
- Frack Free Somerset
- Bristol Rising Tide
- Bristol Left Unity
- South West Against Nuclear
- Frack Free Bristol
- Avonmouth Dust Forum
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