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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).
European Council and Member States fail to respond to climate emergency
As European temperatures soared, the European Council and Member States avoided concrete action on the climate emergency. We demand better.
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.
EU elections appear to be a good omen for forests
This week’s European Parliamentary election results threw up the tantalising prospect of greater EU protection for the climate, forests and people.
With more EU citizens voting than at any time in the past 25 years, it also...
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...
Statement in response to the EU Forest Strategy
On 7 December, the European Commission released a mid-term review of the EU forest strategy, stating that it was “on track” to achieve its 2020 aims. Given that this review will form the basis of the next Forest Multi-Annual...
Imagine a world without forests…
In 2017 we lost more tropical trees than in almost any year on record caused in part by EU investment in and imports of timber, palm oil, soy, beef, paper, cocoa and other commodities.
Financial institutions must face up to the risks of investing in biomass
The use of biomass for energy production is a ‘blind spot’ for banks and investors, a report recently published by ShareAction reveals. The report shows that Europe’s 15 largest banks all take different approaches to biomass. The...
Citizens launch legal bid to stop damage caused by biomass
In a landmark lawsuit filed on March 4 against the European Union (EU), plaintiffs from the USA and five EU Member States - Romania, Ireland, Slovakia, France and Estonia – claim that the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (RED...