Climate Change

Climate change whacks a worthy target – the CHIPMILL

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mother Nature dealt a 17m ‘Monster wave’ to the Eden woodchip mill’s loading facilities and jetty on 5th June. The east coast low that delivered this hit could be defined as an ‘Act of God’ meaning there might be no insurance payout.  Two massive chunks were taken out of the jetty, the pylons gone and the conveyor belt damaged. It might take 6-12 months to be rebuild and repaired.

Petition for Ambition: Victoria's Renewable Energy Targets

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The release of the Andrews government's Renewable Energy Action Plan is imminent. It will set Victorian Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025. 

Please add your voice to the call for the Andrews government to set ambitious targets that match those of other states and territories. Sign the Petition

Living Planet Report 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tenth edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report, launched at the United Nations in Geneva, is a stark call to action for a world living beyond its means.

The report reveals that humanity's demand on the planet is more than 50 per cent greater than what nature can sustain, with dramatic declines in biodiversity since 1970.

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Electricity generation from biomass waste is more polluting and worse for the climate than coal, according to a new study by an environmental advocacy firm.

The report, put together by the Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) and delivered to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concludes that biomass power plants emit more pollution than omparable coal plants or commercial waste incinerators, according to a news release from the group.

Burning The Bush Isn't 'Renewable'

Monday, April 8, 2013

Should burning forest waste count under the renewable energy target? Not when the forests serve us better while they're in the ground, writes Senator Lee Rhiannon

Woodchipping of Australia’s native forests continues across the country, despite feeble woodchip prices and shrinking markets. The industry is desperately looking for ways to extend its life by generating an income from burning wood waste for electricity.

Carbon Reduction package – a good start

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The carbon pricing scheme announced on the 10th July 2011 ends plans to burn native forest wood ‘waste’ for electricity, as it is not regarded as ‘renewable’. Without the carbon credits for the electricity produced, these planned projects will be economically unviable. Thanks to all those people who wrote and emailed to the government.

It is odd though, that the government acknowledges that logging forests for power generation would add to carbon pollution, but logging forests for woodchips has been left out of the bigger carbon picture.

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