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...
New research shows harvesting increases are damaging forests
We are already missing our forest-health targets, climate action needs to protect our forests, not endanger them.
Murder and illegal logging within the EU: Strong action is needed
When violence continues unchecked in a Member State, the Commission must intervene to ensure that European values are upheld and regulations are respected.
NGOs submit complaint regarding long-term destructive logging in Romania
Logging occurs far beyond what is permitted or reported, even within Natura 2000 sites.
European Council and Member States fail to respond to climate emergency
As European temperatures soared, the European Council and Member States avoided concrete action on the climate emergency. We demand better.
EU elections appear to be a good omen for forests
This week’s European Parliamentary election results threw up the tantalising prospect of greater EU protection for the climate, forests and people.
With more EU citizens voting than at any time in the past 25 years, it also...
Financial institutions must face up to the risks of investing in biomass
The use of biomass for energy production is a ‘blind spot’ for banks and investors, a report recently published by ShareAction reveals. The report shows that Europe’s 15 largest banks all take different approaches to biomass. The...
Citizens launch legal bid to stop damage caused by biomass
In a landmark lawsuit filed on March 4 against the European Union (EU), plaintiffs from the USA and five EU Member States - Romania, Ireland, Slovakia, France and Estonia – claim that the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (RED...
France struggling to choose between being a climate leader and burning biomass
The French Government is expected to decide in March 2019 whether to convert the Cordemais coal plant to run on bioenergy. France pledged to close its coal plants by 2021, but as workers strike to protest the plant’s closure, the...
Bioenergy: the Achilles Heel of the EU 2050 decarbonisation vision
Timed to come out just before the climate conference in Katowice, Poland, the EU released its much-anticipated vision for decarbonising the EU by 2050, with an aim to be climate neutral by 2050. This move was widely supported, but...