By Paul Homewood

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 Drax Sustainability Report

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According to Drax, most of the wood they use for pellets comes from sawmill residues, thinnings and branches.

Drax operate three pellet processing plants in Louisiana, with a capacity of 1.5m tonnes:

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And it is clear that all three use little else other than whole, healthy tree trunks:

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Amite Bioenergy

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_0d797ab2-18b4-11e7-962e-a792a6c744b7.html

Morehouse Bioenegy

La Salle Bioenergy

 http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/14292/drax-to-enter-acquisition-process-for-louisiana-pellets

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They claim this is “low grade roundwood”, but the forests it all comes from previously supplied paper mills, so it certainly is not low grade. And it simply means that paper mills will have to source wood from elsewhere.

There is already ample evidence that huge areas of hardwood forests are being cleared for Drax pellet plants in Virginia as well. And the NRDC in Canada have just issued fresh protests against Drax’s destruction of their forests.

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https://www.nrdc.org/experts/elly-pepper/drax-purchase-would-implicate-united-kingdom-loss-canadian-forests

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Supposedly, BEIS have insisted on strict sustainability rules, but these are little more than a form filling exercise, whereby Drax certify themselves.

It is abundantly clear now, that Drax’s biomass operation is not only highly destructive for American forests, but also unnecessarily putting huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the air, which may take decades to offset through new growth, if at all.

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February 28, 2021 at 01:12PM