Publications & Insight
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...
Beyond LULUCF: Legal cover for a shrinking EU forest sink
The Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation will measure − and allow − a drop in carbon storage without penalty. Without better laws, the future for forests looks bleak.
The rules for accounting forest carbon...
Letting trees age: an effective climate strategy
French forests are currently at a crossroads. Ever since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Forum, France, like many European countries, has allowed industrial wood energy projects to proliferate. Now the urgent need to deal with the...
Biodiversity first: How European forests can help tackle the climate crisis
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals – negative emissions.
This briefing shows why...
European Commission faces major hurdle to protect and restore forests
Only days after the European Commission heralded the importance of protecting and restoring nature - specifically forests – to achieve climate and biodiversity goals, it faces its first hurdle in ensuring this happens. Member...
Biodiversity strategy: the European Commission lays the path for a greener future in the wake of COVID-19
The launch today of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy could be a landmark moment for European forests. As well as headline targets to protect land and sea areas, the Strategy foresees binding restoration targets and measures in 2021,...