THE EDEN CHIPMILL WOOD FIRED POWER STATION AND THE
Eden chipmill managers are claiming that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
supports South East Fibre Exports' proposed forest furnace.
Public Affairs Manager, Mr Vince Phillips made this statement on ABC
Regional radio on 4 August 2009 (transcript not on ABC website).
The WWF leaflet (a summary of a 2004 report commissioned by WWF in
Europe was handed by SEFE staff to guests at the SERCA public forum, The
Burning Issue, on 1 August 2009. The full report is at:
The WWF has put strict conditions on its support for biomass burning
that the SEFE plant could not possibly meet.
It requires that "good forestry
practices" must be adopted.
"There should be no conversion of
natural forests or high conservation value habitats involved in raw
material production or supply."
It also requires that "growing
practices must protect and enhance soil fertility."
"Water use should be assessed
throughout the production and conversion chain, with particular
emphasis on avoiding damage to watersheds."