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Lungs of the Earth – forest policies for health and climate
“How can forests help the EU meet its climate, energy and clean air objectives?” This was a key question discussed on 28 September 2017 at an event looking at current and future forest-related policies. It was hosted by MEPs Paul...
EU’s Environment Committee recognises role of forests in fighting climate change but fails on bioenergy
The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee today voted to increase removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by forests from 2030 onwards, recognising the important role that EU...
What impact has the Renewable Energy Directive had on EU forests?
The EU Renewable Energy Directive was launched in 2009 to great fanfare and the promise that the EU would fulfil at least 20 per cent of its total energy needs with renewables. Few could have guessed that a policy intended to help the EU meet climate goals would lead to vast increases in the burning of wood, degrading forests in Europe and beyond.
One step forward, two steps back for EU on climate and forests
Today, the European Parliament took one step forward and two steps back for the climate and forests.Read the full Press ReleaseOn a positive front, the Environment Committee voted to strengthen the EU’s climate target for the...
NGO letter: EU LULUCF rules will set an international precedent
The EU is in the process of deciding the accounting rules for land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) for the post-2020 period. The EU’s decision will have international significance. 21 NGOs send a letter to European...
Arctic Limits: How Finland’s forest policies threaten the Sámi and the climate
Finland is a test case in the fight against climate change. As the world edges closer to breaching the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees, forests have become increasingly important in...
Climate and the Sámi people threatened as Finland attempts to hide its forest emissions
Finland’s industrial logging is already threatening the climate and its indigenous Sámi people, and yet last year the Finnish government confirmed its intention to increase harvesting the country’s forests by nearly 25 per cent ...
NGO position on the post-2020 LULUCF Regulation
This position paper concludes that the EU should devise strong bioenergy sustainability criteria to ensure the EU only incentivises bioenergy that makes significant greenhouse gas savings and is resource efficient. It is endorsed...