Publications & Insight
Commission resists efforts to sabotage Forest Monitoring Law - but only binding commitments will make it work
The European Commission’s proposal for a forest monitoring law, which was published today, is a commendable attempt to tackle the grave challenges facing European forests - yet does not require Member States to act on the data they will be required to gather on the state of their forests.
Final EU Renewable Energy Directive will continue driving forest destruction, but national lawmakers can limit the damage
Despite repeated warnings from scientists, doctors, NGOs, and EU citizens about its dire consequences for forests and air quality, the final version of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED III) which was adopted today, will...
European Parliament recognises importance of community consent in rush for critical materials - but leaves a glaring loophole
The European Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA).
This Act aims to secure the strategically and economically vital raw materials needed for the green energy and digital...
Forest Watch, Press Releases
Nature Restoration Law salvaged, but a bittersweet outcome for forests
Members of the European Parliament narrowly voted in favour of the Nature Restoration Law, which aims to restore Europe’s ecosystems, including protected and managed forests. This came after several Committees initially voted to...
EU Deforestation Regulation clears final legislative hurdle. Now the work begins.
The world has its first ever law banning imports of products linked to deforestation.
Poll: Europeans troubled by the rise of paper packaging and think governments are responsible for reducing it
Poll: Overwhelming majority of Europeans are troubled by the rise in paper and cardboard packaging, and three quarters think governments should be responsible for reducing it.
Packaging and especially disposable paper packaging...
EU's revised Renewable Energy Directive fails to address the realities of the climate and biodiversity crisis
In the early hours of today, European Union (EU) negotiators concluded negotiations over the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The outcome will not reduce the EU’s wood burning addiction to comply with its renewable targets. It...
EU use of Critical Raw Materials – how to make sure it's fair for people and forests
Today, the European Commission updated its list of the Critical Raw Materials (CRM) it needs to power the green and digital transitions, and issued a legislative proposal and a Communication for how it will source them.
EU law on deforestation: Policy makers prioritise trees over people
This morning European Union (EU) policymakers finished negotiating a new Regulation that aims to prevent agricultural goods tainted by deforestation from being imported into the EU market. While this is an historic first, the law...
The European Commission leaves the door open for industry to regulate removing carbon - and ignores reality
Today, the European Commission published its proposal for a regulation on carbon removals – activities and products that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Fern believes it is not just ineffective but harmful.