Biomass and bioenergy

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Drax is expected to profit from UK energy crisis until 2023
Company’s shares hit seven-year high after revealing plans to invest £3bn despite questions over biomass

Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent

01, Dec, 2021 @3:28 PM

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Drax dropped from index of green energy firms amid biomass doubts
Doubts over sustainability of company’s wood-burning power plant mount within financial sector

Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent

19, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Biomass is promoted as a carbon neutral fuel. But is burning wood a step in the wrong direction?
Ecologists say the industry’s sustainability claims are deceptive and not the clean, renewable energy source that the planet desperately needs

Rebecca Speare-Cole

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Why is the UK still in thrall to dirty energy? | Letter
Letter: To meet climate promises, Boris Johnson must redirect billions from biomass energy into real renewables, says Elly Pepper


14, Sep, 2021 @3:49 PM

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Surrey heating co-op’s woodland scheme entices rare butterfly to return
Scheme that uses locally harvested woodchip to heat homes of retired sailors yields biodiversity benefits

Patrick Barkham

09, Sep, 2021 @12:40 PM

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‘Enough with the burning’: EU executive accused of sacrificing forests
Campaigners criticise European Commission strategy that allows continued burning of trees for fuel

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

16, Jul, 2021 @2:38 PM

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Drax to double wood pellet production with biomass firm purchase
Shareholders approve deal for Yorkshire plant despite concerns over carbon, climate and land use

Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent

31, Mar, 2021 @5:57 PM

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Green groups dispute power station claim that biomass is carbon-neutral
Drax in Yorkshire burns wood pellets to generate electricity, but forests cannot be replaced quickly enough, say campaigners

Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent

23, Mar, 2021 @12:00 AM

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'Carbon-neutrality is a fairy tale': how the race for renewables is burning Europe's forests
Wood pellets are sold as a clean alternative to coal. But is the subsidised bioenergy boom accelerating the climate crisis?

Hazel Sheffield

14, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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UK electricity grid's carbon emissions could turn negative by 2033, says National Grid
Operator says UK can tap carbon capture and renewables to help meet UK’s targets

Jillian Ambrose

27, Jul, 2020 @5:01 AM

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How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?
Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of Sargassum

Anna Turns

30, Jun, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Mushrooms and orange peel: could biotech clean up the building industry?
Could mushrooms and orange peel revolutionise the building industry? One biotech startup thinks so

Nell Card

11, Jan, 2020 @12:00 PM

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