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Timber companies fear for jobs in push to bio-mass power

Timber importers and timber product producers are concerned that the Government’s zeal for bio-mass powered power stations could threatening jobs in the timber industry.

Power stations including the huge Drax plant in North Yorkshire are planning to increase the use of bio-mass to the point where three standalone biomass plants.

The wood industry fears thousands of jobs in its factories will be threatened by the switched to “greener” power stations wants the government to stop subsidies encouraging the switch.

The Wood Panel Industries Association said: “We have already seen a 50% increase in wood prices over the last three years because of these kinds of energy developments and we do not think they should be receiving subsidies for schemes which we believe are not carbon-friendly and which will require a huge amount of imported wood to support a tenfold increase in planned capacity.”

Wildlife and environmental groups also fear that the new biomass schemes could trigger a huge escalation in wood imports and threaten rainforests.

The current subsidy regime for biomass and other clean technology such as wind power runs until 2013.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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