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EU must heed the world’s most authoritative science panel and rethink its use of land and forests in climate emergency
The European Union (EU) must rethink how it uses land and forests in the fight against climate breakdown in the light of today’s special report on Land and Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The IPCC warns that using large areas of land for tree-planting or growing feedstock for bioenergy will severely jeopardise global food security and trigger further desertification and land degradation, with “potentially irreversible consequences”. The EU is currently pursuing a renewable energy policy which relies heavily on wood for bioenergy.
Rapid action on forests is needed, but EU leaders fail to address urgency of climate crisis
Today EU leaders have failed to address the urgent need for climate action, unable to agree on net-zero emissions by 2050. Instead Council conclusions aim for carbon neutrality “in line with the Paris Agreement” without including...
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.
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...
Statement in response to the EU Forest Strategy
On 7 December, the European Commission released a mid-term review of the EU forest strategy, stating that it was “on track” to achieve its 2020 aims. Given that this review will form the basis of the next Forest Multi-Annual...
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...
Open Letter to the Government of France: To Protect Forests, Communities and the Climate, the Conversion of Cordemais Power Plant to Biomass Co-Firing Must Not Go Ahead
46 groups - representing environmental, climate and social justice organisations in the main wood pellet exporting regions and elsewhere - are deeply concerned about proposals to permit Cordemais Power Station to be kept open...
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...