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Historic vote on no longer burning trees for energy needs to be defended
For the first time, a major EU regulatory body has concluded that one of the EU’s most climate-wrecking policies of the last decade - incentivising the burning of forests in the name of renewable energy - has to stop.
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Parliament could still push for ambitious forest climate policy
The Commission is proposing to amend its land use, land use change and forestry regulation to achieve climate goals, but other political and private actors must stop seeking out loopholes.
Is the EU poised to improve public financing of forest management?
If MEPs and Member States can withstand the bioenergy lobby’s onslaught, the Fit for 55 climate package could finally bring meaningful changes to the EU’s forest policies.
Forests sacrificed for EU climate policy
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...
How bioenergy harms biodiversity: the facts
Intensive forest management is having devastating impacts on wildlife and biodiversity in the EU. This has increased since bioenergy was incentivised as a renewable form of energy under the Renewable Energy Directive. Scientists,...
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...
Five ways the EU can ensure forests support EU climate and biodiversity goals
To tackle the climate crisis, EU land and forests need to absorb more carbon dioxide, but the opposite is happening. EU forest health and biodiversity is declining, even in EU forests protected by legislation. Half of all the wood...
The EU LULUCF Regulation: Help or hindrance to sustainable forest biomass use?
The European Commission has stated that, “climate action is at the heart of the recently introduced European Green Deal”, including “ambitiously cutting greenhouse gas emissions” and reaching zero emissions by 2050. As part of the...
Biodiversity and Carbon Neutrality: The role of EU law
The European Commission has outlined pathways to carbon neutrality in 2050 all of which require negative emissions. The most cost-effective, readily available negative emission comes from forests and other ecosystems, which absorb...