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...
New European Commission research reveals bioenergy’s bleak impact on forests
“The Use of Woody Biomass for Energy Production in the EU”, the new study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), has been released. It will inform the revision of EU climate and renewable energy legislation, and...
The EU’s pledged billions for a ‘Green Coronavirus Recovery’. But it is in danger of repeating past mistakes
As we chart the recovery from COVID-19, governments around the world face a grave choice: continue along the path of planetary collapse, or embrace a sustainable future.
The European Commission, for one, has said that it...
Public debate on biomass reaches critical mass in the Netherlands
Public opposition to biomass burning is based on a variety of negative impacts.
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...