Is Biomass a climate solution – An Taisce Event

4th March 2018
Press Release

An Taisce and Biofuelwatch are organising and event entitled "Is Biomass a climate solution – Bord Na Mona’s plan to import US timber"

It will be held in Tailors' Hall on Thursday 8th March from 19:00 to 21:30

The aim of event is to highlight the unsustainable use of wood chips and other biofuels for the generation of electricity and heat and the connections between EU biofuel policy and the destruction of forests in the SE USA and other areas. One area of particular concern is Bord Na Mona’s plans to import wood chips from Georgia and elsewhere for powering or co-firing peat burning stations.

Recently, it has been suggested that the combination of Biofuel Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is the way forward and this idea will be discussed.

Jack Spruill – Destruction of American Forests (for fuel in EU) Jack is a farmer and conservationist who runs the Spruill Farm Conservation Project in North Carolina.
Pete Deane – Drax and wood chips. Pete is a campaigner with Biofuelwatch. He is involved in the campaign against the use of wood pellets imported from the US in the Drax power station in the UK.
Ian Lumley – Biofuels in Ireland and BNMs’ plans for the importation of wood pellets. Ian is An Taisce's Advocacy Officer and he will discuss biofuel policy in Ireland with emphasis on the plans of Bord na Mona’s biofuel plans.
Paul Price – BECCS – Bio-energy with carbon capture and storage. Paul (Dublin City University, IE NETS project) will discuss the deployment of bioenergy with CCS (BECCS).
Chair: Dr. Aideen O’Dochartaigh.

Admission is free but please register on Eventbrite so we can track numbers -


For further information, contact:
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce. Tel: +353 87 241 1995
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland


About An Taisce

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. We are an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. We are not a government body, semi-state or agency. Founded in 1948, we are one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental organisations.