A story unfolding, EU energy policy and American forests

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By Sini Eräjää, Policy Officer EU Bioenergy, Birdlife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau I never would have thought that in the early days of the EU’s efforts to increase renewable energy use that working in this field would take me to forests along the southern US coast. What do European renewable energy policies have to do with […]

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 […]

Massachusetts has some lessons for Europe about bioenergy

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By guest author Bram Claeys, currently Climate & Energy Adviser at an international environmental NGO, previously Deputy Director Renewable Energy at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Now that the European Commission has an open consultation about the need for sustainability criteria for bioenergy, it’s the perfect time to look across the Atlantic for inspiration. […]

Wood pellet travel from North American forests to Belgian furnaces

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Check out Greenpeace Belgium’s nifty tool which demonstrates the potential dangers and questionable sustainability of wood pellets that are being used to fuel power plants in Belgium by companies like Electrabel, RWE and E.ON. The tool traces all the different steps, from wood pellet production in North America to burning in Belgian furnaces. The journey begins in forests […]

Ecological and economical nonsense of new large-scale biomass plants in Belgium

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By guest author Sara Van Dyck, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Belgium Today, biomass plays an important role in Belgium’s renewable electricity supply. But Belgian governments have just pledged more money towards new large-scale biomass plants even though a recent study clearly shows that biomass power is not only a risky option from an environmental perspective, it’s also […]

Biomass and the EU’s Circular Economy equation

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By Sini Eräjää, Policy Officer EU Bioenergy, Birdlife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau Last December the European Commission published their long awaited Action Plan for the Circular Economy. The intention is to show how the EU will move from a wasteful linear to a circular economy where resources and materials are continuously re-used and recycled […]