Drax open to tougher checks on wood imports, confirms sustainability head

By Nicholas Earl
CITY A.M.
November 2, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

LONDON, UK — Drax Group would be prepared to do a carbon analysis of wood imports for its biomass facilities amid claims from the BBC it is hacking down carbon rich forests in Canada. The power firm’s director of sustainability, Dr Alan Knight told the Environmental Audit Committee today the company “completely agreed” with the idea. He was “more than comfortable” to conduct life-cycle assessments of forests rather than simply relying on legislation that allows them to classify sources of wood as carbon neutral. However, he warned there were issues over agreeing an acceptable methodology. Knight said: “Our challenge is getting a methodology people have confidence in. …His comments follow concerns over potential greenwashing, with BBC’s Panorama team accusing the company of cutting down environmentally-important forests in Canada to fuel the UK’s biggest power station.

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