‘Greenwashing’ power station given £2.4m in daily subsidies must ‘justify environmental claims’

Biomass on the move [image credit: Drax]

These allegations have been ongoing for years. ‘Renewable’ trees during a supposed climate emergency – how does that work? Maybe the end game is approaching, or more likely some fudge will emerge.
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A power station accused of “greenwashing” which is handed £2.4 million in government subsidies every day must justify its environmental claims, the OECD has said.

Drax’s claim that it generates “carbon neutral” electricity by burning wood is being examined over allegations that it misleads consumers in breach of guidelines set down by governments across the world, reports The Telegraph.

A complaint was raised by a group of NGOs under the banner the Forest Litigation Collaborative, who allege that Drax “misled the public and investors, pocketing billions in publicly funded renewable energy subsidies while claiming to positively impact the environment”.

The UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday that after conducting an initial assessment, it had “decided that this complaint merits further consideration” and would offer mediation to both parties.

Any finding against Drax by the NCP, which sits within the Department for International Trade, would be highly embarrassing for ministers who have made biomass central to their net zero plans.

Full report here.

via Tallbloke’s Talkshop


July 27, 2022 at 05:05PM

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