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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.
EU Forests of Hope
How community restoration and management of forests can help meet climate goals
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...
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...
Key forest-rich countries fail to acknowledge climate impact of increased logging, says EU expert group
12 April, Brussels – Despite the climate emergency, most EU countries are planning to significantly increase the logging of their forests. This will reduce forests’ ability to store carbon, meaning there could be 400 Mt more...
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...
LULUCF: EU misses key chance to deliver on Paris Agreement
The EU missed a golden chance to deploy its forests in the fight against climate change. The EU finalised carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This is the first attempt to amend legislation...
Forests and climate will suffer from Council’s decision
EU Environment ministers today bowed to pressure from a small nucleus of nations led by Finland, and opted for damaging new carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This press release explains...
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...