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Burning trees is not a climate solution

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Burning trees is not a climate solution #StopFakeRenewables When you hear the word ‘renewables’ you probably think of solar panels and wind turbines. Clean, carbon-free energy derived from the forces of nature. The truth is that in Europe, more than half of what we call ‘renewable energy’ actually comes from burning wood and crops. This […]

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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 […]

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A fierce academic row over wood burning?

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. Last February, the high profile independent British think thank Chatham House published a report on ‘The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat’ making a thorough assessment of the environmental and climate impacts of growing wood use for energy. […]

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The end of Big Biomass in Flanders

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. A bit less than a year ago, it was stated that the honeymoon was over for large-scale biomass energy in Flanders, but now it seems clear that the affair is completely over. Last week, the Langerlo power plant, the last one still trying […]

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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 […]

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It’s a Burning Issue!

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Bioenergy’s promise was to be renewable, clean energy from organic matter that keeps on growing, an alternative to fossil fuels. But it has also turned into land grabs, increases in food prices, forest destruction and a waste of public money. As research and science have started to question the environmental consequences and even the climate […]