Carbon-price call for ex coal plants burning wood

Former coal-fired power stations converted to burn wood should be exempted from public subsidies and subject to carbon-pricing, a climate policy thinktank has said.

Sandbag, in a report published Tuesday, warned that Europe could see the amount of biomass burned in former coal plants triple if current conversion plans are realised, with an increase of 607 petajoules (PJ) a year.

The assessment of plans by energy firms for coal-to-biomass conversions calculates the expansion would require 36 million tonnes (MT) of wood pellets, similar to the current global production, with 2,700km2 of forest cut down every year.

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