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Why bioenergy is actually bad for our planet

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By Kenneth Richter, Bioenergy consultant at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia Over 100 organisations from across the globe have published a joint declaration calling on governments, financiers, companies and civil society to halt the expansion of the biomass-based energy industry and to move away from its use. Bioenergy (energy from the burning of biological materials, mostly […]

Opinion

Is the EU about to re-run the biofuels disaster with biogas?

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By Kenneth Richter, Bioenergy consultant at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia The Gas and Climate consortium (consortium of gas distribution companies and biogas associations arguing for more pipelines) has called on the EU to introduce a mandatory target of 10% renewable gas by 2030. It would seem astonishing to think that anybody would want a repeat […]

Case studies

New publication: the Black Book of Bioenergy

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New publication: the Black Book of Bioenergy We’re excited to announce that on 22 November, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, in collaboration with Transport & Environment, launched our new joint publication: The Black Book of Bioenergy. Following extensive on-the-ground investigation, and after consulting an array of local sources, we have collected shocking new evidence that exposes […]

Case studies

Corn mania, the absurd hunger for bioenergy in Germany

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By guest author Dr. Uwe Baumert, expert for renewable energies, Regional Deputy Chairman, NABU-Lower Saxony One can see that landscapes have been changing in Germany as wild herbs, cows and insects disappear, especially across grasslands. Why? It’s because of “corn-mania” or “maizification” which is driving the disappearance of peatland and causing degeneration of entire landscapes […]

Opinion

Biofuels – a story without a happy end

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By Ariel Brunner and Trees Robijns, BirdLife Europe – partially based on the analysis of the Commission’s Globiom study carried out by Transport & Environment (T&E) Biofuels have been promoted in Europe since the early 2000s. In the beginning, they were touted as a magic potion: saving emissions, ensuring energy security in Europe and helping farmers find […]

Case studies

Can biogas be green? Organic Denmark shows the way

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Despite costing taxpayers more than 50 billion euro annually, and despite attempts to make it greener, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) still supports farming practices that dirty Europe’s waters, are hard on soils and threaten biodiversity. Even worse, in their implementation Member States often use the flexibility afforded to […]