Publications & Insight
Forest Watch 266 - June 2021
The EU delays two legislative proposals on deforestation, meanwhile due diligence moves forward
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.
Revising RED: The absurdity of burning trees as ‘zero carbon’ must end
Forestry and bioenergy industries are piling on pressure to preserve lucrative bioenergy subsidies. In its upcoming RED proposal, the Commission must stand up to them, for all our sakes.
Mercosur throws a spanner in the EU trade works
Trade ministers cannot see eye to eye when the EU-Mercosur agreement is in the picture
Elsewhere, due diligence moves forward
The United Kingdom and G7 members take steps toward due diligence measures
Due diligence… but not just yet
With the delay of two legislative proposals on deforestation and sustainable corporate governance, accountability has been pushed back.
The EU Renewable Energy Directive Recast
An opportunity to help meet climate and biodiversity objectives
The UK wants to spearhead the fight to protect the world’s forests...
...but trade, environmental protection and social justice don’t have to be mutually exclusive, says Chiara Vitali.
The doubts about the climate crisis that Boris Johnson used to express in his newspaper columns are a thing of...
Unsustainable and Ineffective: Why EU Forest Biomass Standards won't stop destruction
There has been intense criticism of the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) for leading to adverse impacts on forests in Europe and beyond. To tackle these concerns, the EU developed sustainability criteria that...
The International Energy Agency's Net Zero Plan threatened by the 'false climate solution' of bioenergy, say scientists and NGOs
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today published a new energy scenario. It models for the first time how the world can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5ºC. A group of environmental and social NGOs campaigning to stop the EU burning forests for energy says this is a step forward; but they also criticise the IEA for relying heavily on bioenergy to meet climate goals and for failing to halt the use of land for energy production. Bioenergy is a false climate solution that adds emissions to the atmosphere, exacerbates biodiversity loss and negatively impacts food security.