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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clean Energy Package in the EU Parliament – Wrapping up for Christmas

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By Alice Collier, Policy Officer (Climate Change & Energy) at RSPB. As we all begin winding down for Christmas break, here at BirdLife Europe we have been taking stock of the developing position of the European Parliament on how Europe should progress with the energy transition out to 2030 and beyond. Climate change is one of the […]

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. […]