NGOs call on the EU Commissions to end support for burning trees and crops for energy in the Green New Deal.

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For many years, EU policies have encouraged the burning of types of bioenergy that increase emissions compared to fossil fuels. Member States are subsidising this harmful industry to the tune of billions of euros every year. The hugely negative unintended consequences of EU transport biofuel policies have already been under discussion for a while now, […]

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 […]

Lead MEP wants full climate impact of biofuels accounted for

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By Laura Buffet, Manager, Clean Fuels at Transport & Environment. The full climate impact of biofuels used in Europe would have to be accounted for by countries for the first time, the European Parliament’s lead member on biofuels reform has proposed. If passed, the reform would mean high-emitting biofuels – mainly food-based biodiesel such as […]

New loopholes for biomass in Commission energy efficiency proposals

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. While the Commission has emphasized its commitment to “efficiency first” in our energy transition, a closer look at its legal proposals have revealed that it’s more a case of “unsustainability first”. “Efficiency first” was one of the mottos of the European Commission’s Clean […]

Dear Minister, you need to fix EU’s bioenergy policy!

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. On Monday 27 February European Energy Ministers gather for the first time in Brussels to discuss and exchange views on the Clean Energy Package proposal of the Commission, which includes various proposals on how to make an energy transition in Europe happen. Policies […]