House of Commons
SUBSIDIES FOR BIOMASS ELECTRICITY GENERATION
EDM #1771
Tabled 29 October 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House expresses its concern that renewable energy subsidies for electricity generated from biomass, most of which is generated using imported wood pellets, are resulting in energy bill-payers paying for expensive, high-carbon electricity; notes that burning wood to generate electricity is a high-carbon power source; further notes that burning biomass to generate electricity damages forests and biodiversity, pollutes communities in source countries and at the point of generation and worsens climate change; notes that more than £1 billion in biomass subsidies were paid out in 2017, equivalent to more than £38 per household; notes the recent warning by the IPCC that substantial progress on comprehensive decarbonisation of the economy must be made in just a dozen years if we are to avoid catastrophic damage to the climate; calls on the Government to follow the logic of its recent decision effectively to end new subsidy for large-scale import-dependent biomass under Contracts for Difference, and to remove subsidy for biomass under the Renewable Obligation scheme; and further calls on the Government to instead direct funding towards renewable, low-carbon electricity sources including solar and wind.

Signatures (43)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
22 November 2018
Davies, Geraint
Labour
19 November 2018
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
14 November 2018
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
20 November 2018
Flynn, Paul
Labour
14 November 2018
George, Ruth
Labour
26 November 2018
Hayes, Helen
Labour
06 November 2018
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
12 November 2018
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
19 November 2018
Tami, Mark
Labour
22 November 2018
West, Catherine
Labour
14 November 2018
Williamson, Chris
Labour
04 December 2018
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
05 December 2018
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
06 December 2018
Murray, Ian
Labour
06 December 2018
Harman, Ms Harriet
Labour
12 December 2018
Lloyd, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
13 December 2018
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
17 December 2018
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
20 December 2018
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
07 January 2019
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
07 January 2019
Huq, Dr Rupa
Labour
10 January 2019
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
14 January 2019
Pearce, Teresa
Labour
16 January 2019
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
21 January 2019
Daby, Janet
Labour
22 January 2019
O'Mara, Jared
Independent
30 January 2019
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
12 February 2019
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
15 February 2019
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
25 February 2019
Green, Kate
Labour
11 March 2019
Streeting, Wes
Labour
14 March 2019
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
19 March 2019
Cryer, John
Labour
18 June 2019
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
13 August 2019
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
15 August 2019
Ruth Jones,
16 August 2019
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion