Fit for 55 package – What does it mean for forests?
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...
Restoring nature, protecting biodiversity: We cannot wait until it’s all over
To act or not to act: The European Parliament heard the ENVI Committee’s call for effective action to support nature; the Commission would like to keep thinking, and measuring.
Forests and climate in the EU: trading pollution reduction for forest ambition
A patchy agreement on land-use carbon removal in new EU climate targets reduces EU climate ambition.
The European Green Deal promises an EU of bigger and better forests: The Taxonomy Regulation makes it impossible
The success of the European Green Deal depends on the financial support it receives.
More and more finance is already flowing from banks and investors, eager to turn their portfolios green. But what are the criteria for deciding...
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
No forest offsets
This letter was sent to President of the European Commission von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Sinkevičus , Minister Matos Fernandes, MEP Guteland and other Members of the...
Carbon dioxide removal: trade-offs, governance gaps and irretrievable risk
As uncertainty surrounds what is meant by carbon dioxide removal, separate targets for actual emissions reductions and carbon removals are crucial to achieve the 2050 climate target.
One Planet: EU heads of state commit to nature protection targets and deforestation regulation
EU heads of state made new commitments to protect the world’s forests at the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, 11 January 2021.
More than 50 countries joined a pledge to protect 30 per cent of the...
The EU's watershed deforestation moment?
This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited.
EU legislation reveals steep decline in carbon stored in European forests
By 2025, European forests are likely to hold 18% less carbon than in the early 2000s, according to disturbing new information published today by the European Commission.
The new figures have been released under the EU’s Land Use,...