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.
Member States need to increase transparency about bioenergy in climate plans
Brussels, 18 June 2019 - The European Commission has called for Member States to be more transparent about bioenergy use in their final National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). This underlines their current alarming lack of openness on the issue.
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...
Beyond Sibiu. Here's why EU leaders must think about forests.
As various heads of government gather today in Sibiu, Romania for the final EU summit before this month’s European elections, there’s one piece of news that they - and all of us - should contemplate. Humans are driving one million...
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...
Lawsuit seeks to remove forest biomass from EU's renewable energy directive
PRESS RELEASE: BRUSSELS, March 4, 2019 -- In a landmark lawsuit to be filed today against the European Union, plaintiffs from five European Member States, including Romania, Ireland, Slovakia, France and Estonia are charging that...
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...
What is bioenergy? A global problem
Bioenergy may sound green, but it often means burning forests for energy. This is neither sustainable nor climate-friendly. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide, just like burning coal, but felling forests to feed the furnaces...
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...