Forest biomass - beyond burning

Burning forests for electricity – also known as forest biomass – is now one of the fastest-growing false climate solutions gripping the energy sector, threatening forests, communities and the planet.

Scooping up the last remaining intact, old growth and primary forests in the world to burn for energy in the frantic race to get off of coal, forest biomass is dirtier than coal at the smokestack.

Wood pellets from Canada are shipped overseas (primarily to the UK and Japan), where governments have marketed the industry as carbon neutral — despite the science proving that this is categorically false. Even though companies market these pellets as made from "waste wood", it should go without saying that no corporation is foraging for pine cones and twigs for industrial burning.

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The race to fight climate change and shift to a renewable-powered future must not include false solutions. The forest biomass industry is rapidly expanding because of billions in government subsidies across the world. Now’s the moment – while this destructive, fast-growing industry is still in its infancy – to stop it in its tracks. 

It’s time for the Canadian government to cut taxpayer handouts to biomass corporations, sending a powerful message to the provinces and meaningfully acting on its international climate promises.

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Beyond Burning | Narrated by Emma Thompson

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