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Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP explains wood panel industry`s concerns
Thu, Jul 7, 2011
In an interview with website ePolitix, the Chair of the Wood Panel Industry APPG, Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP details the threat to wood panel manufacturing in Britain posed by biomass subsidies.
 
The wood panel industry provides vital employment in rural communities and is the biggest recycler of wood in the country.  The Norbord plant in Anne's Stirling constituency alone provides 250 jobs, without counting those employed at other points along the supply chain.
 
However, these jobs face an uncertain future, as subsidies for generating electricity using biomass are distorting the domestic wood market.  Energy companies, supported by the Renewables Obligation (RO), are using their enhanced purchasing power to bid for the same wood used by the wood panel industry.  If the situation does not change, explains Anne, the future of the wood panel industry and wood-based manufacturing in Britain will be threatened.
 
In response, Anne has supported the 'Make Wood Work' campaign in Westminster, tabled an Early Day Motion in support of the wood panel industry and a Westminster Hall debate.  Some progress has been made but the Wood Panel Industry APPG will continue to make the industry's concerns known to DECC.
 
You can read Anne's interview in full here:
 
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