"Don't forget farmed fuels" says CLA In immediate response to
the Government's White Paper, the CLA
comments that there has been
little mention today of the huge contribution
that farmed fuels - biomass,
biodiesel, bioethanol can readily make to the
nation's energy needs.
Energy crops can make an important contribution to
Heat, electricity and
vehicle fuel supplies.
Oliver Harwood, CLA's Head of Rural Economy
"There has been much talk of wind and nuclear, but the CLA
that given the right policy framework, the rural economy can play
significant role in the reduction of greenhouse gases and other
environmental impacts, and ensure we have a vibrant living and
countryside for generations to come."
"It is simply
insufficient to offer aspirations and warm words. If
we are to address
climate change, all forms of renewable energy are
required, and every sector
must make a contribution. Wind power alone
cannot be the answer for
renewable electricity. It does not make sense to
rely on reducing traffic for
energy savings in the transport sector.
Replacement for fossil fuels is
urgently required in the heat sector."
"In all these areas, agriculture
and forestry can make a significant
contribution. Energy crops remove carbon
from the atmosphere, provide
habitat for wildlife, increase rural employment
opportunities, and add to
fuel security. There are huge opportunities for
dealing with green waste
that is currently sent to landfill, for dealing with
animal slurries in an
environmentally friendly fashion, and for reducing
thereby increasing water quality"
"The potential is
enormous. Many food crops are in surplus, and
dumping them on third world
countries is unsustainable. The land can produce
a significant proportion of
our energy needs. For example, it has been
estimated that using the latest
technologies, 25% of our land could produce
all the nation's transport
The CLA urges the Government, energy companies, the public
farmers to respond to the logical links between agriculture,
energy and the environment.
The CLA will be responding in
detail to the White Paper. For
Immediate interviews today please contact
Pippa Kidson-Trigg or Oliver
For a copy of the CLA "Demand
Farmed Fuels!" Campaign pack,
contact/e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephone 07889 912 881.
For interviews: Oliver Harwood, CLA energy crops
expert on 020 7 235