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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 […]

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Clean energy vote: MEPs sell out climate, nature & people to please intensive farming & forestry lobby

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By Alice Collier and Matt Williams, Policy Officers at RSPB. Today’s European Parliament vote, like yesterday’s marine vote, delivers yet another dramatic death blow to our living planet. Razing whole forests to the ground to feed our energy use releases vastly increased carbon into our atmosphere; carbon which would otherwise be naturally stored in the forest. Converting […]

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Heading for a repeat of past mistakes on biofuels?

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By Jori Sihvonen, Clean Fuels Officer at Transport & Environment. People who have heard of the renewable energy directive (RED) often associate it with the overall renewables obligation for all sectors – the 20% target until 2020. On Tuesday 28th of November the industry, research and energy committee (ITRE), in charge of the file, will […]

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Europe’s climate strategy of burning wood for energy isn’t working

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By Linde Zuidema, Bioenergy campaigner at FERN. Opposition to the use of forest biomass for energy generation is going mainstream, writes Linde Zuidema, as evidence builds that wood is being burnt in large scale inefficient coal-fired power stations. Every day resistance is growing to the use of wood as a renewable energy. Environmental NGOs have long opposed the use of ‘forest biomass’ […]

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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 […]

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Forests and habitats in exchange for energy?

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By Zeynep Karasin, Media relations officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. BirdLife Europe and Central Asia’s statement on the Renewable Energy Directive vote in the European Parliament’s environmental committee on the evening of the 23 October 2017: Today’s vote in the Parliament confirms the EU’s commitment to phasing out damaging biofuels in transport but completely fails […]