OUR POLICY WORK & REPORTS
WE WORK AT EU LEVEL TO ENSURE THAT THE LEGISLATION PROMOTES NATURE- AND CLIMATE-FRIENDLY RENEWABLE ENERGY
We work at EU level with NGOs, activists and citizens to raise awareness of the dire impacts of bioenergy on nature and climate change, and we advocate to promote true renewables instead.
The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is currently in revision at the European Parliament. This is a unique opportunity to stop the subsidies for burning forest biomass and crop-based biofuels for energy.
We want to ensure that the new revision of the directive (REDIII) is up to the climate and environmental challenges, and stop subsidizing harmful practices.
September 14, 2022, plenary vote of the EU Parliament on the REDIII
October 25, 2022, Energy Council
QUANTIFYING THE LOOPHOLE AND SUSTAINABILITY IMPACTS OF BIOENERGY BEING RATED ZERO EMISSIONS IN THE EU EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM AND EFORT SHARING REGULATION
Industries dodge 12 billion euro bill annually due to emissions loophole for biomass. The ignored emissions of burning biomass – burning trees – in the EU have been quantified: 234 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2019, more than 15% of all emissions currently reported in the Emissions Trading System (ETS).
BURN OR RESTORE: MEETING COMPETING DEMANDS FOR LAND IN THE BEST WAY FOR NATURE, THE CLIMATE, AND HUMAN NEEDS
Land is a finite resource. Yet growing demands are putting increasingly competing pressures on the world’s land and ecosystems. Renewable energy incentives have added new pressures on land, in particular through the large scale growing of bioenergy feedstocks. In this paper we propose a set of principles to guide EU policies affecting future land use.
FACT CHECK | MYTHS OF THE BIOFUEL LOBBY
This report presents 10 fact checks about the use of food for fuel that sound plausible at first but do not stand up to scrutiny. Crop-based biofuels have been criticised for many years because their production competes with growing crops for food. The ongoing revision of the Renewable Energy Directive at EU level is an opportunity to end the use of food for fuel across Europe. This comprehensive fact check is aimed to contribute data and facts to the public and political discussions regarding the use of food for fuel.