..the internet gateway for the dales Book icon


Yorkshire Dales Country News

Archive:2006 ] [ 2005 ] [ 2004 ] [ 2003 ] [ 2002 ] [ 2001 ] [ Have your say ]


Out today: biomass report on "green" energy

[Monday 18 September 2006]

A GOVERNMENT committee will today issue a long-awaited report on the possibilities of producing biomass energy from vegetable sources - but already, doubts are being raised by conservation groups.

...policies to boost bioenergy are only justifiable if significant and proven greenhouse emissions cuts are made and if their production does not cause unacceptable harm to wildlife

RSPB

The Government is believed to be anxious to set a target of producing 10% of the nation's fuel needs - electricity or a diesel-type oil for vehicles - from vegetable products and it is a plan heavily backed by the country's farmers.

As food production dwindles, the agricultural industry believes there is a huge future in producing energy from crops like oil seed rape - which has already been converted into a fuel for diesel engines - or fast-growing timber to fire power stations.

As well as cutting oil and natural gas imports from some of the world's most unstable hotspots, bioenergy also has the huge benefit of sustainability: land used to produce such crops can be used over and over again.

But there is a downside, says the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Europe's biggest conservation group, in a statement issued to coincide with the select committee's findings.

Biomass fuels can actually produce more greenhouse gasses than fossil fuels in some circumstances, says the RSPB, whose statement asks if this so-called "green energy" is in fact a "red herring."

"The RSPB believes that policies to boost bioenergy are only justifiable if significant and proven greenhouse emissions cuts are made and if their production does not cause unacceptable harm to wildlife," it concludes.

What do you think? Send us your views using the form below.






 

 

Disclaimer: Daelnet will endeavour to put up as many of your views as possible. However, we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. We reserve the right to edit any views that are published for legal or editorial reasons. Further, your details will not be used for any other services.

*

Daelnet is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

  • Daelnet RSS
Daelnet RSS

Have the latest Yorkshire Dales News delivered to your desktop. Find out more...

  • A look back at the week

Our look back at the past week's Yorkshire Dales News ensures you'll never miss a thing!

Have you got a local news story from your part of the Yorkshire Dales?
Perhaps you have a community event or fundraiser you would like promoting.
Email the Daelnet newsdesk:
news@daelnet.co.uk


Home  |  News  |  Daelnet Directory  |  What's New  |  Features  |  Gallery  |  Local Info  |  Books & Maps  |  Contact Us  |  Services
 
Gearstones - The stony triangular plot of land (Old English)    more  places »
Your Privacy  
Copyright 1995-2013 - Dales.Net