Publications & Insight
A new sustainable bioenergy policy
The European Commission has announced that it will propose a new and improved bioenergy sustainability policy for the use of biomass in heating, electricity and transport as part of its Climate and Energy Package for 2030.
News in brief July 2016
The Council of Environmental Ministers adopted Conclusions on a Circular Economy Action Plan, on 20 June 2016, in which they ask the Commission to take more action to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of raw materials. From a...
Financing land grabs and deforestation: The role of EU banks and investors
In recent years, a growing body of evidence has shown how large scale agricultural companies are driving land grabs and deforestation in the tropics. This report is a contribution to the debate on how to tackle these issues. It...
A comparison of national sustainability schemes for solid biomass in the EU
There are no harmonised sustainability criteria for bioenergy or the sourcing of biomass across the European Union (EU). EU Member States have therefore largely relied on domestic Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) rules to guide...
Brexit, forests and the future of European decision making
For many living in the UK but feeling European, the referendum verdict was a great shock. With offices both in Brussels and the UK, Fern staff feel the decision particularly strongly. We have worked with Member States, MEPs,...
Council offers hope to control destructive EU consumption
In the uncertain times following Brexit, the 28 June 2016 Council Conclusionson the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme strike a heartening note.
NGOs requested that the Council express strong...
EU Council: Can Slovakia make progress on climate and energy?
As the Dutch presidency draws to a close, eyes turn now to Slovakia, which takes the helm of the EU Council from July to December.
The Dutch presidency came at a crucial time for the FLEGT Action Plan as described here or above....
Palm oil giant under pressure to source sustainably
Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading companies, has set a deadline of 15 July 2016 for Malaysian palm oil group IOI to come up with a responsible sourcing policy. IOI is at the centre of a row over...