One of the main causes of deforestation in Indonesia, and the greatest threat to orangutans in the wild, is the conversion of forests to oil palm plantations. As more and more forests fall, other critically endangered species, including Sumatran elephants, tigers and rhinos, are also put at risk.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to support the burning of up to 500,000 of bioliquids per year. <strong>A large proportion of this would be palm oil</strong>, 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.
The subsidies will be made available from April 2013 - but the government is putting the finishing touches to their plans in February. We only have a matter of weeks to convince DECC to revise the proposals.
1) Please sign the petition to UK Energy Minister John Hayes, asking him to scrap subsidies for burning bioliquids, including palm oil, in power stations.
You can find out who your MP is here
To contact them by Email: Go to their website, which will provide their email address.
To contact them by Letter: Send a letter to your MP at House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
You can use this Template letter. Please personalise the letter if you have time, as this will have more impact.
We have prepared a Parliamentary Briefing which you can download and send to your MP, outlining exactly what our objections are to the government's proposals, and what they can do: Bioliquids and the Renewables Obligation Parliamentary Briefing
Always include your own postal address when contacting your MP (even by email), so that they know you are one of their constituents - otherwise you may not receive a reply.