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BIOMASS AND BIOLIQUIDS FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION

That this House is concerned that increased use of biomass and bioliquids for electricity generation is likely to have substantial negative impacts on global hunger, biodiversity and on climate change; notes that over 75 per cent. of UK biofuels are imported and that as much as 44 per cent. of global land deals in 2009 were for biofuels; further notes that existing and planned large-scale bio-electricty power stations in the UK are inefficient and wasteful of fuel, typically having a conversion efficiency of 30 to 35 per cent. compared to the EU Renewable Energy Directive's aspiration for biomass energy use to be at least 70 per cent. efficient; is also concerned that existing biofuels sustainability criteria are weak and assessment for compliance is entirely dependent on self-reporting from fuel suppliers; is further concerned that a focus on bio-energy could distract attention from genuine ways of combating climate change; and therefore calls on the Government to remove the existing financial incentives for biomass and bioliquid electricity in the Renewables Obligation when the forthcoming review of banding is implemented in April 2013 so that this support can be directed towards other renewable energy sources.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 13.12.2011
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 14.11.2011
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 15.11.2011
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 20.12.2011
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 15.11.2011
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 29.02.2012
Gilbert, Stephen Liberal Democrats St Austell and Newquay 11.01.2012
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 17.01.2012
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 12.12.2011
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 21.11.2011
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 16.01.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 21.11.2011
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 06.12.2011
Lloyd, Stephen Liberal Democrats Eastbourne 17.01.2012
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 15.11.2011
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 14.11.2011
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 15.11.2011
Mudie, George Labour Party Leeds East 18.04.2012
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 14.11.2011
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 08.12.2011
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 14.12.2011
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 11.01.2012
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 15.11.2011