News, NGO statements
NGOs: "To protect nature and the climate, we must reform how bioenergy is treated in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive"
This position paper, signed by 32 NGOs from across Europe, outlines how the EU can create a bioenergy policy that civil society and citizens can support.
The EU Renewable Energy Directive Recast
An opportunity to help meet climate and biodiversity objectives
Statement in response to the EU Forest Strategy
On 7 December, the European Commission released a mid-term review of the EU forest strategy, stating that it was “on track” to achieve its 2020 aims. Given that this review will form the basis of the next Forest Multi-Annual...
Imagine a world without forests…
In 2017 we lost more tropical trees than in almost any year on record caused in part by EU investment in and imports of timber, palm oil, soy, beef, paper, cocoa and other commodities.
Open Letter to the Government of France: To Protect Forests, Communities and the Climate, the Conversion of Cordemais Power Plant to Biomass Co-Firing Must Not Go Ahead
46 groups - representing environmental, climate and social justice organisations in the main wood pellet exporting regions and elsewhere - are deeply concerned about proposals to permit Cordemais Power Station to be kept open...
NGO recommendations for a sustainable EU bioeconomy
In 2012, the EU released the Communication, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, which is now in the process of being updated.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using biomass as a...
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.
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. ...
Fern submission to EU Consultation: “A sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020”
As the European Commission closes its public consultation on the future of the EU’s bioenergy policy, the steps necessary to end its current disastrous impacts are highlighted in our consultation response. Fern calls upon the EU...
Celebrating forests by burning them is the wrong road, say 46 NGOs
The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has chosen to use the International Day of Forests 2017 to promote the use of wood for energy, calling forests “nature’s power house”. Forests are precious ecosystems and well worth...