Actions and Detail Panel
Cross-party Parliamentary Briefing on Biomass
Wed 14 December 2016, 13:00 – 14:30 GMT
Hosted by Glyn Davies MP, member of the Environmental Audit Committee, Tommy Sheppard MP (SNP) and Caroline Lucas MP (Co-leader of the Green Party)
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE - WE ARE NOW IN THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
(This registration is for people coming from outside the Palace of Westminster. Members of either house and staff can attend without registration but may like to email to let us know)
Biomass electricity is treated as a zero-carbon renewable energy source in the UK, but unlike wind and solar PV, burning wood and other biomass emits carbon dioxide. The single biggest source of UK biomass is wood pellets imported from the US and Canada, sourced in part from native hardwood forests.
Current EU climate and carbon accounting rules do not account for carbon emissions from biomass. This raises the question whether reliance on bioenergy undermines efforts to combat climate change.
Still unsure it's an issue? Please watch this 1 minute New Scientist film on why Biomass is a 'carbon con'
The briefing will cover:
Why the EU’s approach to bioenergy is wrong – and how it can be fixed in UK policy.
The size of the bioenergy carbon loophole, and what it means for efforts to address climate change
The sources and net greenhouse gas impacts of biomass currently burned in the UK, and what the future holds
Dr Mary Booth, PhD (Director of the US NGO Partnership for Policy Integrity) will discuss climate impacts and regulation of biomass burned in the UK, including North American wood pellets.
Duncan Brack (Associate Fellow, Chatham House) will discuss implications of bioenergy carbon accounting loopholes for current efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NB Please come to the Cromwell Green entrance (map). Please bring your ticket with you and ID. The email on your phone should be enough. Please allow at least 15 minutes to clear security and get to the committee room corridor.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Duncan Law on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07958 635181
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
"Please bring your invitation/confirmation letter/ticket with you to the event as these will form part of the security procedures." The email on your phone should be enough.
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Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes, but please alter your reservation and download the ticket for the attender.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
This is at the discretion of the security personal at the Palace of Westminster. Better not to risk it.