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.
Pressure mounts on President-elect as EU Commission opens door to regulating supply chains to tackle deforestation
The EU has opened the door to regulating supply chains to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with commodity imports to the EU. Fern welcomes this long-awaited move with cautious optimism and looks forward to working...
EU-Mercosur deal sacrifices forests and rights on the altar of trade
Brussels – Twenty years of free trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the South American trade bloc known as Mercosur have resulted in a deal which will have devastating consequences for the climate.
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.
340+ organisations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil
June 18, 2019, Brussels - In an open letter published today, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina,...
Press release: 87 per cent of Europeans support new laws to combat global deforestation, new poll shows
Brussels / 21 May 2019 – An overwhelming majority of Europeans want new laws to ensure that the food they eat and the products they buy don’t drive global deforestation, according to a YouGov poll released today.
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...
International coalition calls for the EU to end its role in the assault on the Amazon
Brussels, Wednesday, April 10 - On Jair Bolsonaro’s 100th day in office, an international coalition of NGOs – including a group representing more than 300 Brazilian indigenous groups – have called for the European Union (EU) to...
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...