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How sustainable is Scandinavian biomass?

31 January 2013

By 2020, bioenergy will account for more than 10 per cent of total energy consumption in the EU. Scandinavian forests will be a significant source of biomass for energy, but intensified harvesting could substantially harm biodiversity and impact on the climate.

On 30 January, Satu Hassi MEP (Greens/EFA), EEB, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth and FERN organised an event in the European Parliament on sustainability of Scandinavian biomass.

The event included presentations from Professor Bengt Gunnar Jonsson (Mid Sweden University), Jonas Rudberg (Swedish Society for Nature Conservation) and Anna Repo(Finnish Environment Institute).

Panellists were Olof Johansson (Sveaskog), Hans Van Steen (European Commission, DG Energy), Petteri Kuuva (Ministry of Employment and Economy, Finland), Sini Eräjää (Finnish Association for Nature Conservation) and Ariel Brunner (BirdLife Europe)

Arra Repo - Forest bioenergy and carbon sequestration

Olof Johansson - Sveaskog's analysis of bioenergy

Hans van Steen - Commission analysis on biomass sustainability

Petteri Kuuva - Sustainable forestry - sustainable bioenergy

Jonas Rudberg - Swedish bioenergy, a success story

Bengt Gunnar Jonsson - Perspectives on current forests utilisation and its biodiversity impact

Further information:

NGO briefing on biomass

Report from FANC “Felling the golden goose. The sustainable limits of Finland’s biomass ambitions”

Report from SSNC “Credibility at stake”

Categories: Events, Bioenergy

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