Activists protest against Bioenergy burning wood for energy production

About 50 disgruntled citizens and activists from the environmental organisation VLK participated on August 26 in a protest rally in front of the energy company BIioenergy in the town of Bardejov in eastern Slovakia.

About 50 disgruntled citizens and activists from the environmental organisation VLK participated on August 26 in a protest rally in front of the energy company BIioenergy in the town of Bardejov in eastern Slovakia.

They demanded an end to the use of perfectly sound wood as fuel to generate electric power and heat and to stop the destruction of forests, and in particular the abolition of support for such activities from the state budget. The protesters pointed out that the government in fact pays public money for the destruction of forests. The gathering agreed that only private owners benefit from this deal financially, while ordinary citizens only get deforested land as a result, along with noise and dust from bio-energy power plants.

The protest was connected with the campaign Biomasaker which was launched in April of this year by a petition of the association VLK. VLK head, Juraj Lukáč, informed the SITA newswire about the campaign: "Our goal is the abolition of state subsidies for all wood burned in biomass energy facilities, except for wood originating from energy crops and waste from the wood processing industry,” he said, continuing that the reason is that in Slovakia, the forested areas have shrunk since 2000 by about 760 square kilometres, and currently almost 4 million cubic meters of wood is logged for energy purposes alone, while sustainable exploitation of wood for all purposes from forested and non-forested areas in Slovakia ranges from 5.8 million to 6 million cubic meters, according to Lukáč.

The company Bioenergy Bardejov became a symbol of the campaign Biomasaker. Dissatisfied citizens who met in Bardejov demanded an end of burning wood for energy purposes, to stop the destruction of forests and in particular to abolish the support for such activities from the state budget. The assembly called on Environment Minister Peter Žiga to come symbolically tie a red ribbon in front of the entrance to Bioenergy Bardejov.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Opposition fails to recall Education Minister Lubyová

The reason was the dubious distribution of the state's stimuli for science and research.

Education Minister Martina Lubyová (SNS nominee)

Brexit: Fulfilling the wishes of the dead

It is supposed to be honourable to respect the last wishes of the deceased. But is it also reasonable to sacrifice the life perspectives of those remaining?

Foreigners in Slovakia promote the ice hockey world championship

In videos, they tell fans from abroad that Slovakia has much to offer.

Mascot of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia, bear Macejko.

Caregiver Dušan, a breadwinning father working in Austria, will earn €6,000 less this year

The Austrian government has cut down child benefits for Slovak parents working in Austria if their children live in Slovakia. The European Commission regards the measure to be discriminatory.

The Valach family