News, Forest Watch
RED and LULUCF: EU Council prioritises the short-term interests of wood-based industries over the future of forests
After the Council fails to defend the future of forests, it now falls to the European Parliament and the Commission to reaffirm the rules’ purpose and to restrict loopholes.
Historic vote on no longer burning trees for energy needs to be defended
For the first time, a major EU regulatory body has concluded that one of the EU’s most climate-wrecking policies of the last decade - incentivising the burning of forests in the name of renewable energy - has to stop.
News, Forest Watch
European biomass industry confirms it is burning large amounts of “low-quality stemwood” (tree trunks)
The world’s climate and biodiversity are in a perilous state; there is no time to waste: the EU must ensure the revised Renewable Energy Directive discourages forest destruction.
News, NGO Statements
NGOs send an Open Letter to German Minister Habeck: "We must end EU incentives for woody biomass in energy production"
A coalition of 25+ NGOs wrote to Germany’s new Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck to end the EU incentives for woody biomass burning in energy production.
Public debate on biomass reaches critical mass in the Netherlands
Public opposition to biomass burning is based on a variety of negative impacts.
Danish state aid case illustrates Commission’s biomass blind spot
Consideration of bioenergy’s external costs is fundamental for assessing compatibility of state aid.
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
Estonia discards the impact assessment of its Forestry Development Plan
Civil society groups condemn Estonian Government’s support for unsustainable forest management practices and its rejection of the Forestry Development Plan impact assessment.
European Green Deal offers hope for the future of forests
On December 11, the European Commission, now headed by former German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, published its long awaited proposal for a European Green Deal.
It contains two standalone forest initiatives as well as...