Publications & Insight
People across globe tell European Union: New bioenergy policies must protect climate, crops, forests
At a time when EU’s taxpayers are funding bioenergy projects that are worsening global warming and destroying forests, this press release shows how an international day of action on bioenergy galvanised environmentalists and...
Sweden: Saving nature by destroying it?
In Dalarna, Sweden’s reputation for protecting nature and promoting sustainable forestry might appear well justified.
Unbroken rows of pine forests, glimmering lakes and jutting mountain ranges dominate a landscape in which...
A dangerous delusion: Debunking the myths around sustainable forests and the EU’s bioenergy policy
A Dangerous Delusion exposes the myth that problems don’t exist with biomass from Europe’s forests – where the EU sources most of its biomass – because they are managed sustainably. It includes case studies on Sweden, Romania,...
Brûler des arbres pour produire de l’énergie n’est pas une solution pour enrayer le changement climatique
Ce briefing d’écris comment l'utilisation de bois comme source d’énergie renouvelable peut augmenter les émissions de dioxyde de carbone. Expliquant ainsi le fléau de l'hypothèse selon laquelle toute l'utilisation de la biomasse...
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.
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...
Partir en fumée - Comment la combustion de la biomasse détruit les forêts de l’Europe
Partir en fumée - Comment la combustion de la biomasse détruit les forêts de l'Europe. Ceci est une traduction d’une partie du rapport écris par Fred Pearce pour Fern, qui révèle comment les forêts à travers l'Europe sont pillées...
EU must come to its senses on biomass policies
Policy-makers must take heed of mounting opposition to the European Union’s disastrous use of wood to generate bioenergy.
Today scientists, NGOs and industry figures gather with EU policy makers for a conference discussing the...
Dutch struggle over biomass is heating up
Since last year, the Dutch government has come under fire over its climate and energy policy. The main issue: a total phase out of coal and biomass co-firing.
In June 2015, a Dutch court ordered the state to reduce CO2 emissions...
Slovakia – Up in Flames
He said he was a forest ranger. But he leaped out of an unmarked car and showed no ID before shouting at us and waving a heavy stick menacingly in our faces. The three of us, enjoying the afternoon sun on a short stroll through the woods, were trespassing in the Poloniny National Park, he said – a criminal activity. He harangued us for 15 minutes as we retraced our steps back to the main road. In Slovakia, the heavy machinery of logging companies is allowed inside its national parks – their work was all around us. But walkers often are not.