It’s outrageous – Britain's biggest power station is cutting down Canadian primary forest to generate electricity all for the sake of profit.
Drax, the power station operator, burns millions of tonnes of
imported Canadian wood pellets - which is classed as renewable energy
and being heavily financed through a 'green energy' subsidy from the UK government.
But BBC and CBC journalists have discovered Drax’s business practices anything but green – some of the wood comes from an important old growth forest in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). And burning wood produces more greenhouse gas than burning coal.
Take action to stop primary forest destruction and end greenwashing now.
Drax says it only uses sawdust and waste wood for power generation.
But BBC journalists followed a truck from a Drax mill to verify it was picking up whole logs from a precious forest in BC.
And the drone and satellite images of the logging sites are grim – the photos show clearcutting of some of the most majestic trees on the planet.
Yet, Drax has received £6bn (9.8 billion CAD) in green energy subsidies from UK taxpayers.
All three parties involved are to blame for this outrageous primary forest destruction. So we are calling on the governments of BC & UK, along with Drax, to work together to end the subsidized cutting of primary forest for electricity generation.
Will you sign the petition calling on Drax and the governments BC and UK to stop the subsidized destruction of old growth forests?
Over and over again, SumOfUs members have taken action and stopped deforestation on its tracks.
Under pressure from over 650,000 Europeans, the European Commission was forced to stand up to the palm oil lobby and outlaw most palm oil in European biodiesel! Together, we said no to deforestation in our tanks, and won a victory for orangutans and their forest home.
Call on Drax and the BC and British governments to take action to stop primary forest destruction to generate power.
Mongabay. 14 September 2022.
CBC. 6 October 2022.
BBC. 3 October 2022.