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Stop subsidising the tree-burning industry: EU Commission study confirms bioenergy is risky for climate and biodiversity

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Stop subsidising the tree-burning industry: EU Commission study confirms bioenergy is risky for climate and biodiversity As you read this article, trees and crops are being burned for energy in the name of climate action. You see, under EU law, “bioenergy” is supported as if it was a green, zero-carbon form of energy, which means […]

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Burning trees is not a climate solution

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Burning trees is not a climate solution #StopFakeRenewables When you hear the word ‘renewables’ you probably think of solar panels and wind turbines. Clean, carbon-free energy derived from the forces of nature. The truth is that in Europe, more than half of what we call ‘renewable energy’ actually comes from burning wood and crops. This […]

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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 […]

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Is the EU about to re-run the biofuels disaster with biogas?

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By Kenneth Richter, Bioenergy consultant at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia The Gas and Climate consortium (consortium of gas distribution companies and biogas associations arguing for more pipelines) has called on the EU to introduce a mandatory target of 10% renewable gas by 2030. It would seem astonishing to think that anybody would want a repeat […]

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Southerners Stand Against Growing Demand For EU Bioenergy

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Hundreds rally in opposition at the International Bioenergy Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

By Adam Colette, Program Director at Dogwood Alliance. Over the past several months, the European Union has spent huge amounts of time debating the impacts the bioenergy industry. Parliamentarians have heard loud and clear from their colleagues, scientists and civil society that burning forests for fuel is bad for our climate, forests, and communities. Yet, […]

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What is a ‘Trilogue’ and why it can make or break our forests

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By Kenneth Richter, Bioenergy consultant at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. We have been keeping you updated with the developments on European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive and the danger dirty bioenergy poses.   The negotiations are now slowly moving into home straight. Unfortunately, things are not looking too good right now, but there is still hope for […]

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European Parliament bioenergy stance strikes a devastating blow for wildlife and climate, threatening to undermine progressive steps elsewhere on clean energy

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By Matt Williams, Policy Officer at RSPB. Thursday, 18 January 2018’s vote by MEPs on the future of renewable energy in Europe was overall a blow to forests, wildlife and the climate as they bowed to pressure from the farming and forestry industries and failed to take the opportunity to rule out the use of environmentally harmful biomass. Despite the pleas of […]