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 […]

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 […]

VIDEO – Food-based biofuels: cure worse than the disease

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. Instead of helping the environment, most biofuels actually hurt it. Biodiesel is the most consumed biofuel in Europe today. The problem? European food-based biodiesel emits, on average, 80% more CO2 than fossil diesel. For example, palm-oil biodiesel releases three times the greenhouse gases emissions of fossil […]

Latest report represents scientific consensus on EU forests in energy, climate and biodiversity policies

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By Hanna Aho, Climate and forest campaigner at Fern. Earlier in May the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) released a report about the multi-functionality of forests and EU policy. EASAC is formed by the national scientific academies of all EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland and is a means for the collective voice of European science […]

The Bioenergy Barometer: What puts pressure on our planet’s future?

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By Maxime Paquin, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia. Fossil fuels are fuelling climate change. In an attempt to move away from fossil fuels, Europe has explored a range of other sources of energy, capitalizing on renewable sources of energy. The problem is that renewable energy does not necessarily equate to sustainable energy. Bioenergy is a case of good intentions […]