Danish state aid case illustrates Commission’s biomass blind spot
Consideration of bioenergy’s external costs is fundamental for assessing compatibility of state aid.
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
European Commission faces major hurdle to protect and restore forests
Only days after the European Commission heralded the importance of protecting and restoring nature - specifically forests – to achieve climate and biodiversity goals, it faces its first hurdle in ensuring this happens. Member...
Estonia discards the impact assessment of its Forestry Development Plan
Civil society groups condemn Estonian Government’s support for unsustainable forest management practices and its rejection of the Forestry Development Plan impact assessment.
What is bioenergy?
Bioenergy is the combination of the terms biomass and energy.
Bioenergy is gas or electricity that comes from renewable sources, such as plant matter or animal waste.
This is known as biomass.
Biomass contains energy stored...
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.
Green Deal could be a springboard for ambitious forest action
Brussels, December 11 – The European Commission’s proposed Green Deal contains two standalone forest initiatives, indicating that EU politicians understand how close forests are to Europeans’ hearts. But poor implementation could...
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.