Publications & Insight
EU settles for a paper target to increase carbon absorption in its forest and land
The European Parliament, Council and Commission have concluded their negotiations on the EU regulation that sets the climate ambition and accounting rules for the land and forest sector - the Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry...
News, Forest Watch
RED and LULUCF: EU Council prioritises the short-term interests of wood-based industries over the future of forests
After the Council fails to defend the future of forests, it now falls to the European Parliament and the Commission to reaffirm the rules’ purpose and to restrict loopholes.
EU Member State positions could have a profoundly negative impact on forests
Overnight, EU energy and environment ministers agreed on their positions on two files that are crucial for the fate of EU forests: the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry...
LULUCF: Inching toward genuine progress
Plenary LULUCF vote in Parliament moves important issues in the right direction.
Worrying news from Finland's and Estonia’s forests
Recent data from Finnish and Estonian forests show how bad forest management can aggravate the climate crisis
LULUCF: A Clear Steer for Increased Ambition, but far from original hopes
In its latest vote on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, the European Parliament endorsed a higher target for the amount of carbon dioxide that should be removed from EU land. The vote also acknowledged the importance of...
Historic vote on no longer burning trees for energy needs to be defended
For the first time, a major EU regulatory body has concluded that one of the EU’s most climate-wrecking policies of the last decade - incentivising the burning of forests in the name of renewable energy - has to stop.
News, Forest Watch
Parliament could still push for ambitious forest climate policy
The Commission is proposing to amend its land use, land use change and forestry regulation to achieve climate goals, but other political and private actors must stop seeking out loopholes.
Is the EU poised to improve public financing of forest management?
If MEPs and Member States can withstand the bioenergy lobby’s onslaught, the Fit for 55 climate package could finally bring meaningful changes to the EU’s forest policies.
Forests sacrificed for EU climate policy
Today, the European Commission released its revised 2030 climate and energy package. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that burning forest biomass accelerates climate change and destroys biodiversity, the Commission ignored...