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Wood based panel manufacturers protest against biomass subsidies 

On 29th October wood based panel manufacturers across Europe staged a shutdown protest against subsidies for biomass energy.  According to an article published on the Wood Based Panels International website the purpose of the protest was to "expose the unintended consequences of subsidies for the energy use of woody biomass, putting the wood based panel sector and the entire woodworking industries at risk."  The article went on to state that "Allowing wood to be burnt before the end of its useful life is a waste and risks damaging the environment."

This position is in agreement with a recent paper on biomass entitled "Biomass - a burning issue"" by Nick Grant and Alan Clarke recently published on the AECB website

So, whilst biomass may come out on top in an assessment of potential emissions reductions, we should be very careful about recommending it.

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