Forests are being threatened by industry-sponsored scientific confusion and short-term political thinking
Will the European Commission scrap public subsidies and regulations that reward the burning of forest biomass for energy, or give in to industry and several Member States’ pressure to keep incentivising forest destruction?
The draft EU Forest Strategy holds real promise, but can the European Commission stand up to the forest industry?
The EU Forest Strategy leaked in June 2021, appears to show that, rather than bowing to the logging industry, the European Commission is trying to steer a new path for forests, one where the EU is able to monitor forests and...
News, NGO Statements
NGOs urged Commissioner Sinkevičius to keep rubber in the EU due diligence regulation to halt EU-driven global deforestation
A group of NGOs wrote a letter to European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius to urge him to ensure that natural rubber is kept as a key forest-risk commodity in the upcoming EU law to halt deforestation and forest degradation driven by EU consumption.
What to expect when you’re forest campaigning: Upcoming EU Forest policy developments
Julia Christian, Fern’s host of the Forest Movement Europe
If it weren’t for the pandemic, this week would have seen forest activists from across Europe getting together in southern France to celebrate 30+ years of the Forest...
Restoring nature, protecting biodiversity: We cannot wait until it’s all over
To act or not to act: The European Parliament heard the ENVI Committee’s call for effective action to support nature; the Commission would like to keep thinking, and measuring.
Revising RED: The absurdity of burning trees as ‘zero carbon’ must end
Forestry and bioenergy industries are piling on pressure to preserve lucrative bioenergy subsidies. In its upcoming RED proposal, the Commission must stand up to them, for all our sakes.
Mercosur throws a spanner in the EU trade works
Trade ministers cannot see eye to eye when the EU-Mercosur agreement is in the picture
Elsewhere, due diligence moves forward
The United Kingdom and G7 members take steps toward due diligence measures
The UK wants to spearhead the fight to protect the world’s forests...
...but trade, environmental protection and social justice don’t have to be mutually exclusive, says Chiara Vitali.
The doubts about the climate crisis that Boris Johnson used to express in his newspaper columns are a thing of...
The International Energy Agency's Net Zero Plan threatened by the 'false climate solution' of bioenergy, say scientists and NGOs
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today published a new energy scenario. It models for the first time how the world can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5ºC. A group of environmental and social NGOs campaigning to stop the EU burning forests for energy says this is a step forward; but they also criticise the IEA for relying heavily on bioenergy to meet climate goals and for failing to halt the use of land for energy production. Bioenergy is a false climate solution that adds emissions to the atmosphere, exacerbates biodiversity loss and negatively impacts food security.