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Financing land grabs and deforestation: the role of EU banks and investors

Fern's latest research shows that European Union-based banks and investors have played a massive role in financing companies at the heart of concerns about land grabbing and tropical deforestation. We looked in depth at the sources of funding for 23 of the world's biggest agriculture companies, including leading palm oil producers and traders. Click here for the full report.

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A comparison of national sustainability schemes for solid biomass in the EU

There are no harmonised sustainability criteria for bioenergy or the sourcing of biomass across the European Union (EU). EU Member States have therefore largely relied on domestic Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) rules to guide the way they source biomass.

Fern reaction to Commission's proposal for LULUCF regulation

Commission’s forest proposal weakens EU Paris climate commitment

The European Union’s fight against climate change has been undermined by new proposals for tackling emissions from land and forests. The proposals outlined today by the European Commission for integrating emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) into its climate and energy package, will allow Member States to emit more, bringing the EU’s headline ‘at least 40 per cent’ reduction target down to less than 39 per cent, when all loopholes are accounted for.

European Commission’s forest proposal weakens Paris climate commitment

BRUSSELS, 20 July: The European Union’s fight against climate change has been undermined by new proposals for tackling emissions from land and forests.

LULUCF and Starting Point in the non-ETS sectors

This letter from eleven NGOs urges the European Commission to ensure that the final decision on the effort sharing decision is not watered down, but instead that ambition is increased. The letter makes two recommendations:

Why LULUCF cannot ensure that bioenergy reduces emissions

The European Commission is currently reviewing the sustainability of uses and sources of bioenergy for the period after 2020. They will also propose a new policy on how to include the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector in the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework. This briefing note presents the problems of relying on LULUCF to ensure bioenergy reduces carbon emissions.

UK referendum must not derail EU climate policy

For immediate release – 5 July 2016, Brussels

Brussels- based green NGOs [1] have urged the European Commission to push on with its 2030 climate legislation - despite the uncertainty in the wake of the UK referendum result.

The proposal for Europe’s largest climate instrument, the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) is set to be published on 20 July. Any delay would send the wrong signal and risk derailing global efforts to tackle climate change.

UK referendum must not derail EU climate policy

Brussels- based green NGOs, including Fern, have urged the European Commission to push on with its 2030 climate legislation - despite the uncertainty in the wake of the UK referendum result. 

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