M&S to swap plastic cutlery for wood alternatives

The grocery giant currently gives away 75 million plastic forks, spoons, and knives every year

Most-polluting UK home fuels to be burned up

The government is consulting on proposals to ban wood and coal burning in households

US green groups call on Ireland to extinguish biomass burning

They say power stations importing wood pellets from the US are damaging the environment and biodiversity

New hollow electricity poles ‘could cut wood use by 85%’

A total of 60,000 wooden electricity poles are needed in the UK every year

Drax announces £400k bioenergy carbon capture and storage trial

It aims to mix its greenhouse gas emissions with a solvent to collect and store carbon dioxide

Plans for £10m pellet plant in East Yorkshire

Plans to build a £10 million pellet plant in East Yorkshire have been announced. Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, Y Pellets expects the facility to “revolutionise supply” to the nation’s biomass energy market. Once up and running next year, the plant to be developed at Goole 36 in East […]

EU ‘must not class burning trees as clean power’

Europe’s clean energy plan is flawed as it allows burning trees to qualify as renewable energy. That’s the verdict from a group of scientists from a range of international universities, which say countries, power plants and factories involved in this practice are accelerating climate change, increasing pollution and devastating forests. The EU aims to double […]

Wood-fuelled plane logs its first journey

The first commercial flight powered by a wood-waste biofuel took place this week. An Alaska Airlines jet flew from Seattle to Washington, powered by a 20% jet fuel blend made from fallen branches in a sustainable forestry area. The five-year, $40 million (£32.09m) research project was supported by the US Department of Agriculture and led by Washington State University and the Northwest Advanced […]

Birmingham to get £47.8m biomass plant

A new £47.8m power plant in Birmingham is set to use biomass as a fuel. The 10.3MW plant in Tyseley will be built by the construction arm of US firm MWH. Running for 20 years it could power more than 17,000 homes a year. Energy is generated by heating wood to just before the point […]

Poland’s Krakow bans domestic coal burning

Householders in Poland’s southern city of Krakow have been banned from heating their homes with coal and wood, reports claim. The Malopolska regional council voted for the complete withdrawal of the use of fossil fuels in a bid to cut air pollution. Overall, 22 Malopolska councillors voted in favour of the ban – with 11 […]