Publications & Insight
European Commission grants Drax a license to destroy forests at public’s expense
The UK’s biggest power station Drax can continue destroying forests and releasing greenhouse gas emissions at the taxpayer’s expense, after the European Commission today approved millions of pounds of additional UK renewable...
NGO comments to European Commission investigation in to UK state aid to Drax power plan
In January of this year, the European Commission launched an investigation into whether the UK government’s financial support for Drax to convert part of its coal power plant to operate on biomass breaches the European Union’s...
European Commission sacrifices forests for energy
Brussels, November 30 –Today’s Winter Package on Climate and Energy marks a crucial missed chance by the European Commission to end a policy which is causing untold damage to forests and the climate.The Winter Package includes a...
PHOTO BLOG: A story of southern destruction
Seeing is believing, and witnessing first-hand the devastating effect that the European Union’s renewable energy policy is having on the forests and wetlands of the Southeast United States, offers overwhelming evidence of the...
European Commission risks repeating mistakes with its flawed proposals on bioenergy sustainability
Today Politico has leaked the European Commission’s draft Winter Package on Climate and Energy which is expected to be released on November 30. The draft includes a major overhaul of the EU’s electricity market, and new rules for...
Bioenergy and social injustice in North Carolina
Our Bioenergy campaigner, Linde Zuidema, has been visiting the South-East United States to witness how forests are being destroyed to produce wood pellets for the EU energy market. Here she discovers the impact of the industry on...
Guest blog: Green Invasion
Europe’s once peaceful forests are being invaded - in the name of green energy. To meet European Union policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable electricity and heating, governments from France to...
People across globe tell European Union: New bioenergy policies must protect climate, crops, forests
At a time when EU’s taxpayers are funding bioenergy projects that are worsening global warming and destroying forests, this press release shows how an international day of action on bioenergy galvanised environmentalists and...
Sweden: Saving nature by destroying it?
In Dalarna, Sweden’s reputation for protecting nature and promoting sustainable forestry might appear well justified.
Unbroken rows of pine forests, glimmering lakes and jutting mountain ranges dominate a landscape in which...
A dangerous delusion: Debunking the myths around sustainable forests and the EU’s bioenergy policy
A Dangerous Delusion exposes the myth that problems don’t exist with biomass from Europe’s forests – where the EU sources most of its biomass – because they are managed sustainably. It includes case studies on Sweden, Romania,...