Why bioenergy is actually bad for our planet

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By Kenneth Richter, Bioenergy consultant at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia Over 100 organisations from across the globe have published a joint declaration calling on governments, financiers, companies and civil society to halt the expansion of the biomass-based energy industry and to move away from its use. Bioenergy (energy from the burning of biological materials, mostly […]

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 […]

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Industry and NGOs in historic alliance over biomass concerns

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By Kenneth Richter, Consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a historic link-up, wood-using industries and environmental NGOs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have jointly written to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark asking him to remove subsidies that currently pay coal-fired power plant to convert to […]

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A Dirty Day for the Commission’s Clean Dream

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A Dirty Day for the Commission’s Clean Dream By Sini Eräjää, EU Bioenergy Policy Officer, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia and the European Environmental Bureau. The Commission’s Clean Energy package, launched today, proudly boasts of finally introducing sustainability requirements for all forms of bioenergy – something many NGOs have been repeatedly calling for over the […]

New publication: the Black Book of Bioenergy

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New publication: the Black Book of Bioenergy We’re excited to announce that on 22 November, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, in collaboration with Transport & Environment, launched our new joint publication: The Black Book of Bioenergy. Following extensive on-the-ground investigation, and after consulting an array of local sources, we have collected shocking new evidence that exposes […]