Politics trumps science as EU lays out its renewable energy future
The EU’s new bioenergy policy is driven by vested interests not evidence, writes Linde Zuidema.“I want the European Union to become the world number one in renewables,” Jean-Claude Juncker declared in January 2014. This grand...
The EU’s new LULUCF Regulation: is it fit for (climate) purpose?
Blog 17.4.2018The EU’s new LULUCF Regulation: is it fit for (climate) purpose? By Hanna Aho, Fern’s forest and climate campaignerFor the last three years, Fern has been involved in the debate about the LULUCF Regulation. This...
Nepal shows how forest restoration can help people, biodiversity and the climate
A revolution is unfolding in the foothills of the Himalayas: trees are coming back to areas run by communities.Over the past quarter century, the foothills of the Himalayas have seen a radical transformation. A pattern of...
Response to the Verified Carbon Standard
In November 2017, Fern published new research showing why forest carbon offsets should be ineligible for the United Nations (UN) International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) carbon neutral initiative.Highlighting two...
Virgin Atlantic: A small victory in a bigger battle
Controversy has long plagued the Oddar Meanchey carbon offset project in Cambodia.Solid evidence has been in the public domain for years that forests supposed to be protected by the project—which has been backed by the United...
While climate change wreaks havoc, airlines hide plans to double emissions behind a widely discredited scheme.
In Bonn last month delegates from around the world discussed how to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement – which aims to tackle the greatest threat currently facing the planet.At exactly the same time almost 6,000...
PHOTO BLOG: A story of southern destruction
Seeing is believing, and witnessing first-hand the devastating effect that the European Union’s renewable energy policy is having on the forests and wetlands of the Southeast United States, offers overwhelming evidence of the...
European Commission risks repeating mistakes with its flawed proposals on bioenergy sustainability
Today Politico has leaked the European Commission’s draft Winter Package on Climate and Energy which is expected to be released on November 30. The draft includes a major overhaul of the EU’s electricity market, and new rules for...
Bioenergy and social injustice in North Carolina
Our Bioenergy campaigner, Linde Zuidema, has been visiting the South-East United States to witness how forests are being destroyed to produce wood pellets for the EU energy market. Here she discovers the impact of the industry on...