Project for a large-scale biomass plant in Belgium cancelled

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By Arnaud Collignon, Energy officer at Fédération Inter-Environnement Wallonie. The project, aimed at converting an old Belgian coal power plant into a large-scale biomass power plant, definitely now seems to be a thing of the past. Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region, just decided to definitely abandon its project to develop a 200MW wood chips power plant. The decision […]

NGOs concerned with Finland’s impact on EU’s climate ambition and forests write the Finnish Government

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This open letter from 18 civil society organisations was sent to the Finish Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen and to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä on 20 October 2017 – following the LULUCF decision of the Council and ahead of the Renewable Energy Directive votes in the European […]

Swedish NGOs urge European Parliament to radically improve the Renewable Energy Directive

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. In an open letter, Swedish environmental NGOs urge Members of the European Parliament to account for the full emissions and environmental impacts of biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive. The current proposal leads to increased harvests as trees from natural forests are burned as […]

Around half of EU production of crop biodiesel is based on imports, not crops grown by EU farmers – new analysis

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. An analysis of the European Commission’s agriculture data shows that 53% of feedstocks (vegetable oils mainly from rapeseed, palm and soya) used to produce crop biodiesel in EU installations in 2015 was imported, not grown in Europe as the biofuels industry would like people to think. […]

Are food-based biofuels the fuels of the future? Watch the video

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. As the European Parliament and national governments prepare to take crucial decisions on Europe’s biofuels policy this autumn, T&E is helping policymakers to see more clearly the complex but crucial issues at stake. It has produced four short videos, gathered on biofuelsreform.org, that query whether biofuels are […]

EU trade deals could undermine Europe’s shift to clean biofuels – report

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. A free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries – talks over which resumed this week – could undermine Europe’s goal to stop consuming unsustainable biofuels in transport. A new report by Transport & Environment (T&E) published today shows that the removal of trade barriers in […]

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 […]