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What impact has the Renewable Energy Directive had on EU forests?

20 junio 2017

What impact has the Renewable Energy Directive had on EU forests?

The EU Renewable Energy Directive was launched in 2009 to great fanfare and the promise that the EU would fulfil at least 20 per cent of its total energy needs with renewables. Few could have guessed that a policy intended to help the EU meet climate goals would lead to vast increases in the burning of wood, degrading forests in Europe and beyond.

New research commissioned by Fern, Birdlife Europe and Transport & Environment shows that not only has use of wood for energy increased by about 75 million cubic meters over the past five years, but that use of wood that comes directly from the forest has grown more (24 per cent) than the use of forest industry residues (10 per cent).

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Categorías: Clima, Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

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