Latest report represents scientific consensus on EU forests in energy, climate and biodiversity policies

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By Hanna Aho, Climate and forest campaigner, Fern Earlier in May the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) released a report about the multi-functionality of forests and EU policy. EASAC is formed by the national scientific academies of all EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland and is a means for the collective voice of European […]

The European Parliament made it clear: Stop promoting biofuels that cause deforestation!

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By Cristina Mestre, Climate & Biofuels Officer at Transport & Environment MEPs don’t want to see biofuels that cause deforestation being used within EU borders, and they want them out of the EU market as soon as possible. They’ve asked the European Commission to do so through a report on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests […]

The Bioenergy Barometer: What puts pressure on our planet’s future?

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By Maxime Paquin, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia Fossil fuels are fuelling climate change. In an attempt to move away from fossil fuels, Europe has explored a range of other sources of energy, capitalizing on renewable sources of energy. The problem is that renewable energy does not necessarily equate to sustainable energy. Bioenergy is a case of good intentions […]

New loopholes for biomass in Commission energy efficiency proposals

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia While the Commission has emphasized its commitment to “efficiency first” in our energy transition, a closer look at its legal proposals have revealed that it’s more a case of “unsustainability first”. “Efficiency first” was one of the mottos of the European Commission’s Clean […]

Open NGO letter on FAO’s International Day of Forests 2017

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To FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva and to Assistant Director-General Castro Salazar Original PDF letter with signatory logos The FAO and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests have chosen to use the International Day of Forests 2017 to promote the use of wood for energy, calling forests “nature’s power house”. As the key messages of the […]

Dear Minister, you need to fix EU’s bioenergy policy!

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia On Monday 27 February European Energy Ministers gather for the first time in Brussels to discuss and exchange views on the Clean Energy Package proposal of the Commission, which includes various proposals on how to make an energy transition in Europe happen. Policies […]