Publications & Insight
EU Member State positions could have a profoundly negative impact on forests
Overnight, EU energy and environment ministers agreed on their positions on two files that are crucial for the fate of EU forests: the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry...
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.
Keeping bioenergy out of REPower EU
Letter sent to President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Executive Vice President for the Green Deal Frans Timmermans, and EU Commissioners Janusz Wojciechowski, Kadri Simson, Stella Kyriakides and Virginijus...
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.
Six problems with BECCS
The ongoing Fit For 55 discussions aim to increase Europe’s ambition in the fight against climate change, including the role of land in contributing to these efforts. As part of a larger debate on the role of negative emissions to...
Is the EU poised to improve public financing of forest management?
If MEPs and Member States can withstand the bioenergy lobby’s onslaught, the Fit for 55 climate package could finally bring meaningful changes to the EU’s forest policies.
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.
Biomass: new, troubling data on use and subsidies in the EU
Biomass remains a false solution to an increasingly pressing climate and biodiversity crisis.
News, NGO Statements
NGOs: "To protect nature and the climate, we must reform how bioenergy is treated in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive"
This position paper, signed by 32 NGOs from across Europe, outlines how the EU can create a bioenergy policy that civil society and citizens can support.