Publications & Insight
NGO recommendations for a sustainable EU bioeconomy
In 2012, the EU released the Communication, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, which is now in the process of being updated.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using biomass as a...
Rapid emissions cuts will negate need for BECCS, says IPCC
Fern welcomes apparent shift from relying on dangerous technological solutions The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees has confirmed that Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is not...
EU decarbonisation strategy must heed recent science on Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) – a controversial technology that proposes to capture the carbon emissions from burning trees and vegetable oils and bury it underground – may not actually remove carbon dioxide...
Politics trumps science as EU lays out its renewable energy future
The EU’s new bioenergy policy is driven by vested interests not evidence, writes Linde Zuidema.
“I want the European Union to become the world number one in renewables,” Jean-Claude Juncker declared in January 2014.
REDII: EU fails to position itself as defender of forests, climate and the public interest
After a year and a half of discussions over the shape of a new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), on 14 June 2018 the EU chose to disregard science and appease the economic interests who...
EU clings to doomed biomass policy
The new Renewable Energy Directive agreed on today will apply for the period 2021 – 2030 and will continue to incentivise current destructive practices: increasing forest harvests, the burning of whole trees and stumps, and large...
Climate the loser as the European Parliament fails to ensure wood is burnt sustainably
(Brussels) – 17 January 2018. The European Parliament today failed to help the climate by reversing the European Union’s (EU) disastrous bioenergy policy. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted on the new Renewable Energy...
EU proposals on bioenergy: a serious threat to climate and sustainable development goals
This letter written on behalf of 30 NGOs asks Members of the European Parliament to support crucial changes to the proposed rules on bioenergy in the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.
Covered in smoke: why burning biomass threatens European health
Tens of thousands of EU citizens are dying prematurely every year as a result of exposure to air pollution from burning solid biomass, mainly wood, to provide heat and electricity. Other health impacts include cancers, cardiac and...
Jouer avec le feu: le futur de la bioénergie en Europe
Plusieurs pays européens comptent sur la bioénergie pour atteindre leurs objectifs en matière d'énergies renouvelables. Toutefois, le secteur de la bioénergie a un impact nuisible sur les forêts, la qualité de l'air, le climat...