European Council and Member States fail to respond to climate emergency
As European temperatures soared, the European Council and Member States avoided concrete action on the climate emergency. We demand better.
EU elections appear to be a good omen for forests
This week’s European Parliamentary election results threw up the tantalising prospect of greater EU protection for the climate, forests and people.
With more EU citizens voting than at any time in the past 25 years, it also...
Financial institutions must face up to the risks of investing in biomass
The use of biomass for energy production is a ‘blind spot’ for banks and investors, a report recently published by ShareAction reveals. The report shows that Europe’s 15 largest banks all take different approaches to biomass. The...
Citizens launch legal bid to stop damage caused by biomass
In a landmark lawsuit filed on March 4 against the European Union (EU), plaintiffs from the USA and five EU Member States - Romania, Ireland, Slovakia, France and Estonia – claim that the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (RED...
France struggling to choose between being a climate leader and burning biomass
The French Government is expected to decide in March 2019 whether to convert the Cordemais coal plant to run on bioenergy. France pledged to close its coal plants by 2021, but as workers strike to protest the plant’s closure, the...
Bioenergy: the Achilles Heel of the EU 2050 decarbonisation vision
Timed to come out just before the climate conference in Katowice, Poland, the EU released its much-anticipated vision for decarbonising the EU by 2050, with an aim to be climate neutral by 2050. This move was widely supported, but...
Katowice Forest Declaration: It’s in the way that you use it
The Ministerial Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate, issued by the Polish presidency to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24), contains many...
A sustainable bioeconomy for Europe?
In October 2018, six years after it was first released, the EU published its updated bioeconomy strategy. The strategy targets “all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources”, and aims to encourage healthy ecosystems,...
IPCC report discredits the burning of forests: NGOs outline the alternative
From the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) landmark report showing that we have just 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, to the devastating heat wave...
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...