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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.

PREVIOUS STEP

July 13-14, 2022, the ITRE committee of the EU Parliament voted their amendments on the REDIII

Learn more in our dedicated article

NEXT STEP

September, 2022, plenary vote of the EU Parliament on the REDIII

May 12, 2022

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).

Read the report | Read the report summary

May 17, 2021

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.

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