Belgium: Will Flemish government’s move to withdraw biomass subsidies set an example?
In Europe, burning biomass to generate electricity depends on state subsidies; without these, inefficient power plants are in trouble. It is a positive step therefore that Belgium’s Flemish region is ending its affair with biomass...
LULUCF: Parliament shows ambition where Commission was weak
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have submitted amendments to the EU Regulation on land use and forests (LULUCF) which show an appetite to improve the Commission’s proposal.
The MEPs’ move to increase the LULUCF...
Goldman Prize: the forest and EU links
Each year in April, the Goldman Prize focuses the world’s attention on environmental crises confronting communities across the globe, and the heroism of the grassroots environmental activists who take a stand, often at daunting...
News in Brief May 2017
Environmental crime has been identified as a priority in the EU’s fight against organised crime between 2018 and 2021, according to the European Commission’s Sixth progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union,...
Drawing out links between the Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and deforestation in South America
The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fuelling tropical deforestation, according to a new report published by Fern at an event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by MEP Maria Noichl...
The EU’s hunger for soy is causing destruction in Brazil. Here’s how it can be stopped.
Delegates from across the world are gathering in Brasilia this week for the Annual General Assembly of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a global coalition of governments, NGOs and companies, who aim to tackle the destruction of...
MEPs vote in favour of Own Initiative Report on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests
Today, 4 April 2017, the European Parliament adopted the Environment Committee’s Own Initiative Report on Palm Oil and Tropical Deforestation. 640 MEPs were in favour, 18 against and 28 abstained from voting.
The Report builds on...
Bioenergy sustainability: parliament engages in tug-of-war over competence
The Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is presently being updated under the competence of the European Parliaments’ Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). In recognition of the fact that use of biomass for energy can...
Companies need governments to stop deforestation
The world’s forests are still being destroyed to make way for industrial-scale agriculture despite many companies pledging to eliminate deforestation from supply chains for products, such as palm oil, timber, cocoa and rubber. A...