Swedish NGOs urges 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. […]

Over 100 scientific studies confirm biofuels policies increase food prices – study

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. Despite industry’s desperate efforts to deny the impact of biofuels on food prices, a new study shows there is wide scientific consensus that biofuels policies increase global food prices. The analysis, conducted by consultancy Cerulogy for BirdLife Europe & Central Asia and Transport & Environment, reviews over 100 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]