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...
LULUCF: Inching toward genuine progress
Plenary LULUCF vote in Parliament moves important issues in the right direction.
Worrying news from Finland's and Estonia’s forests
Recent data from Finnish and Estonian forests show how bad forest management can aggravate the climate crisis
LULUCF: A Clear Steer for Increased Ambition, but far from original hopes
In its latest vote on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, the European Parliament endorsed a higher target for the amount of carbon dioxide that should be removed from EU land. The vote also acknowledged the importance of...
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.
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Parliament could still push for ambitious forest climate policy
The Commission is proposing to amend its land use, land use change and forestry regulation to achieve climate goals, but other political and private actors must stop seeking out loopholes.
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.
Forests sacrificed for EU climate policy
Today, the European Commission released its revised 2030 climate and energy package. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that burning forest biomass accelerates climate change and destroys biodiversity, the Commission ignored...
How bioenergy harms biodiversity: the facts
Intensive forest management is having devastating impacts on wildlife and biodiversity in the EU. This has increased since bioenergy was incentivised as a renewable form of energy under the Renewable Energy Directive. Scientists,...
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...