‘Threatened forests’ the hidden truth behind EU ‘green energy’

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The film ‘Threatened forests’ reveals the hidden truth behind “green energy” in the EU. It’s being shown on EUBioenergy.com right now, a moment when the European Commission is consulting stakeholders on sustainable bioenergy policy. Filmmaker Benoit Grimont made this documentary because he was struck by the regional opposition, socio-economic and environmental impacts caused by the development […]

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 […]

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. […]

What does bioenergy have to do with saving the Aquatic Warbler?

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Bioenergy has been in the spotlight a lot lately because of its questionable ‘sustainability’. But in Poland, the production of biomass energy has become part of the Polish Society for the Protection of Bird’s (OTOP) strategy to help bring the Aquatic Warbler, one of Europe’s few globally threatened migratory songbirds, […]

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 […]