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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...
EU forests in danger: Forest protection starts in our backyard
Trees cover 182 million hectares of the EU. That’s six times the size of Italy. Yet as this report shows, European Union (EU) forests are under threat, and rapid and committed action is required to save them. We all - citizens,...
What is bioenergy? A global problem
Bioenergy may sound green, but it often means burning forests for energy. This is neither sustainable nor climate-friendly. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide, just like burning coal, but felling forests to feed the furnaces...
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...
Katowice Forest Declaration: It’s in the way that you use it
The Ministerial Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate, issued by the Polish presidency to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24), contains many...
A sustainable bioeconomy for Europe?
In October 2018, six years after it was first released, the EU published its updated bioeconomy strategy. The strategy targets “all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources”, and aims to encourage healthy ecosystems,...
The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses
Over 115 Organisations from 40 countries hold day of action to reject the “BioFuture Platform”.
An international coalition of more than 120 organisations from 40 countries today warns that the rapid global growth of the so-called...
IPCC report discredits the burning of forests: NGOs outline the alternative
From the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) landmark report showing that we have just 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, to the devastating heat wave...
NGO recommendations for a sustainable EU bioeconomy
In 2012, the EU released the Communication, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, which is now in the process of being updated.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using biomass as a...
Rapid emissions cuts will negate need for BECCS, says IPCC
Fern welcomes apparent shift from relying on dangerous technological solutions The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees has confirmed that Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is not...