Burning forests for electricity – also known as forest biomass – is now one of the fastest-growing false climate solutions gripping the energy sector, threatening forests, communities and the planet.

Scooping up the last remaining intact, old growth and primary forests in the world to burn for energy in the frantic race to get off of coal, forest biomass is dirtier than coal at the smokestack.

Wood pellets from Canada the U.S. and other countries are shipped overseas (primarily to the UK and Japan), where governments have marketed the industry as carbon neutral — despite the science proving that this is categorically false. Even though companies market these pellets as made from “waste wood”, it should go without saying that no corporation is foraging for pine cones and twigs for industrial burning.

The race to fight climate change and shift to a renewable-powered future must not include false solutions. The forest biomass industry is rapidly expanding because of billions in government subsidies across the world. Now’s the moment – while this destructive, fast-growing industry is still in its infancy – to stop it in its tracks. 

It’s time for the governments to cut taxpayer handouts to biomass corporations, sending a powerful message to the provinces and meaningfully acting on its international climate promises.

Read More

Beyond Burning

This animation video powerfully narrated by famous actress, Emma Thompson, exposes the propaganda government and major industry have peddled around forest biomass. Our tax dollars should not be spent on PR campaigns and subsidies for climate-polluting corporations. Join Emma Thompson and tell your governments: the forest is worth more standing.

Watch Video

Latest News

View All
April 25, 2024

Stop subsidizing Drax’s forest destruction, environmental injustices, and climate damage, say Dogwood Alliance and other environmental groups

April 24, 2024

What is greenwashing?

April 16, 2024

Stand.earth reacts to 2024 federal budget: Some nurture, not enough nature

Take Action

Follow Australia’s lead and reject forest biomass as a false climate solution

Trudeau and Biden, we shouldn’t have to tell you that logging forests and burning them for electricity is a bad idea. And we REALLY shouldn’t have to tell you that taxpayer handouts to the companies burning our forests is a terrible idea. It’s time to cut ties with the biomass scandal and invest in real climate solutions.

Stop burning forests: send an email to the federal government

Did you know the Canadian federal government is allowing forests in B.C. to be logged and burned overseas for electricity?

Stop logging whole trees for wood pellets

Sign the petition calling on decision makers to act now

Resources

Reports

Canada’s growing wood pellet export industry threatens forests, wildlife, and our climate

April 23, 2020
Reports

Risk Map: Pellet Facility Threatens Primary Forest and Caribou Habitat

March 23, 2021
OTHER

Video evidence: Logging forests for electricity

October 25, 2022

Make a Difference

We have less than ten years to prevent irreversible harm from climate change. Let’s secure a safer planet together.

Ways To Give