Saturday, 2 February 2013

Palm Oil subsidies – a good idea?

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She doesn't think so.


Please write to your MP today with a new Parliamentary Briefing and urge him or her to call on the Department for Energy and Climate Change to drop their plans for long-term subsidies for biofuel/palm oil electricity

During February, the Department on Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will announce their final plans for renewable electricity subsidies, called Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).  So far, they have proposed to guarantee long-term subsidies to power stations burning biofuels (bioliquids).  Past experience in Germany, the Netherlands and Italy has shown that biofuel power stations will almost always burn palm oil because this is by far the cheapest vegetable oil.  DECC wants to cap the amount of subsidies for electricity from biofuels, but that cap would be so high that it could lead to the UK's total palm oil imports being doubled, just to supply power stations.

The only way of stopping subsidies for palm oil is to stop subsidies for all electricity from biofuels.  This is what the Netherlands and Germany have done and the UK government must do the same.

To download the briefing for MPs and to find more details on how to write and send it to your MP, please go to www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2013/palm-oil-rocs-briefing/ .  The briefing was put together by Sumatran Orangutan Society, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid UK, Biofuelwatch, Action for Sustainable Energy for Bristol and No Oil Palm Energy.