Protest against biogas plant in Göllheim (GER)

Local action group and NGO protest against a planned 1,5MW Biogas production and upgrading (to methane) plant in Göllheim, Germany. Food vs. fuel debate and climate effects of feedstock as main points of criticism.

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Bioenergy plants
Resources agricultural products
Issues 1 ecological, 2 economical, 3 social, 4 cultural
Keywords Local protest, biogas, food vs. fuel, Germany
Start date 2011
End date 2014
Reason(s) for conflict Resistance to the use of energy crops for biogas production in terms of food vs. fuel debate, land use change and environmental negative effects on biodiversity and climate.
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests the local are against the biorefinery plant which threats food security in the region
Barriers for dialogue misunderstanding and untransparent process of planning process by investor
Forums for dialogue Court cases and and court appeals have stalled the project
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation suggesting of alternative raw material for biorefinery by investor
Comments Biogas plant not build due to EEG reform in Germany which cut subsidies to biogas produced from energy crops (NAWARO). Court appeals by local boards (Ortsvorständen) and NGO POLLICHIA managed to stall the project until national law was changed and made project unfeasible.