In January of this year, the European Commission launched an investigation into whether the UK government’s financial support for Drax to convert part of its coal power plant to operate on biomass breaches the European Union’s rules on state aid.
In September 2015, world governments adopted an Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The aims are noble and daunting – end all forms of poverty, fight inequality, address climate change, and ensure that no one is left behind.
Developing EU measures to address forest-risk commodities: What can be learned from EU regulation of other sectors?
The EU is one of the largest drivers of tropical deforestation. Consumption of agricultural commodities has given the EU a huge and largely unacknowledged footprint in the rainforests. To reduce its forest footprint, the EU must regulate European trade and consumption of forest-risk commodities such as soy, palm oil, beef, leather and cocoa.
LoggingOff and Fern publish an occasional Forest Watch special VPA update, which provides a roundup of developments across countries involved in VPA processes, from a civil society perspective. In the November 2016 edition, the main article examines the fact that Indonesia is on the verge of issuing the world's first FLEGT licences.