World Rainforest Movement

500+ experts call on world’s nations to not burn forests to make energy

In February 2021 more than 500 scientists and economists issued a letter urging to stop burning wood as a means of making energy in converted coal burning power plants and to end subsidies now driving the explosive demand for wood pellets. The burning of wood to produce electricity boomed since the United Nations categorized this energy source as ‘carbon neutral’, which enables governments and companies to burn wood instead of coal and not count the emissions in helping them meet their climate related targets. In the European Union alone, nearly 60% of renewable energy already comes from wood biomass, amounting to millions of metric tons of wood pellets burned annually. Read an article from Mongabay on this and access the letter here.