We think it’s wrong to chop down UK trees and burn them in power stations.
It releases all their stored carbon in one go and prevents them being made into useful things like tables, wardrobes, kitchens and flooring. Wood products like these ‘lock-in’ carbon, often for decades.
We agree that burning wood is greener than burning coal in the long term but we think our power stations should only burn wood that has no other use and would otherwise go to landfill, rather than trees straight from our forests.
Right now, the government actually subsidises the burning of trees for power generation and we all pay for this via our electricity bills.
It’s time to think again and stop burning our trees!