Public debate about UK biofuel power plant subsidies

Subsidies, called Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are the government’s way of supporting renewable energy technologies, as part of plans to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to support the burning of up to 500,000 tonnes of bioliquids per year. A large proportion of this would be palm oil, as it is by far the cheapest vegetable oil. This target equates to 110,000 hectares of oil palm plantations, and could result in the doubling of the amount of palm oil imported into the UK each year. Simply asking DECC to exclude palm oil from the subsidies isn’t an option due to rules imposed by the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources solid wood
Issues 1 economical, 2 social, 3 ecological, 4 cultural
Keywords stop bioenergy, UK, protest, palm oil
Start date 2008
End date
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests general discussion in the public to drop the subsidies for bioenergy, since they are destroying the forests in SE Asia and threatening of habitats for wildlife
Barriers for dialogue misunderstanding and open conflict between industry and general public
Forums for dialogue open dialog and proposal of alternative solutions for the industry
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation finding an alternative sources for industry in UK