Reaction to EP vote on LULUCF – we’re not out of the woods yet!

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By Gui Xi Young, Editor and Campaigns Officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. BirdLife Europe & Central Asia welcomes the European Parliament’s increased recognition of the important role that forests, land and ecosystems will have to play in order to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement – recognition that is clearly reflected by the intensive […]

What have been the impacts of EU’s renewable energy policies on forests?

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. Ahead of crucial times at the European Parliament for climate change and forests, the NGOs Fern, Birdlife Europe and Transport & Environment are presenting a new study that gives new insight to the impacts of the Renewable Energy Directive on Europe’s forests. The study […]

Lead MEP wants full climate impact of biofuels accounted for

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By Laura Buffet, Manager, Clean Fuels at Transport & Environment. The full climate impact of biofuels used in Europe would have to be accounted for by countries for the first time, the European Parliament’s lead member on biofuels reform has proposed. If passed, the reform would mean high-emitting biofuels – mainly food-based biodiesel such as […]

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 at 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 science […]

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 […]