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EU decarbonisation strategy must heed recent science on Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) – a controversial technology that proposes to capture the carbon emissions from burning trees and vegetable oils and bury it underground – may not actually remove carbon dioxide...
Politics trumps science as EU lays out its renewable energy future
The EU’s new bioenergy policy is driven by vested interests not evidence, writes Linde Zuidema.
“I want the European Union to become the world number one in renewables,” Jean-Claude Juncker declared in January 2014.
REDII: EU fails to position itself as defender of forests, climate and the public interest
After a year and a half of discussions over the shape of a new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), on 14 June 2018 the EU chose to disregard science and appease the economic interests who...
EU clings to doomed biomass policy
The new Renewable Energy Directive agreed on today will apply for the period 2021 – 2030 and will continue to incentivise current destructive practices: increasing forest harvests, the burning of whole trees and stumps, and large...
Climate the loser as the European Parliament fails to ensure wood is burnt sustainably
(Brussels) – 17 January 2018. The European Parliament today failed to help the climate by reversing the European Union’s (EU) disastrous bioenergy policy. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted on the new Renewable Energy...
EU proposals on bioenergy: a serious threat to climate and sustainable development goals
This letter written on behalf of 30 NGOs asks Members of the European Parliament to support crucial changes to the proposed rules on bioenergy in the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.
Covered in smoke: why burning biomass threatens European health
Tens of thousands of EU citizens are dying prematurely every year as a result of exposure to air pollution from burning solid biomass, mainly wood, to provide heat and electricity. Other health impacts include cancers, cardiac and...
Playing with Fire: Europes bioenergy future
Many European countries rely on bioenergy to meet their renewable energy targets - with detrimental impacts on forests, air quality, the climate and the European wood industry.
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Ferns Christmas wish for the bioenergy sector
In early 2018, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on a new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). The current RED has encouraged forest destruction through the direct burning of ‘forest biomass’, a limited resource. ...
Snake oil or climate cure - The effect of public funding on European bioenergy
If European Union targets are met, by the year 2020, 20 per cent of the EU’s energy consumption will come from renewable sources. In an attempt to achieve this target, the EU is investing heavily in new sources of energy,...