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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 […]

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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 […]

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Heading for a repeat of past mistakes on biofuels?

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By Jori Sihvonen, Clean Fuels Officer at Transport & Environment. People who have heard of the renewable energy directive (RED) often associate it with the overall renewables obligation for all sectors – the 20% target until 2020. On Tuesday 28th of November the industry, research and energy committee (ITRE), in charge of the file, will […]

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A Dirty Day for the Commission’s Clean Dream

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A Dirty Day for the Commission’s Clean Dream By Sini Eräjää, EU Bioenergy Policy Officer, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia and the European Environmental Bureau. The Commission’s Clean Energy package, launched today, proudly boasts of finally introducing sustainability requirements for all forms of bioenergy – something many NGOs have been repeatedly calling for over the […]

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A volume target for biofuels is not the way to go

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At the end of October, a group of European NGOs wrote to the Commission to highlight their recommendations for an ambitious sustainable low carbon transport fuels policy after 2020. A new Commission proposal to revise the current Renewable Energy Directive is expected before the end of the year and several options are on the table.

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Group of NGOs speak out – Bioenergy is not renewable

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When one considers the International Energy Agency’s definition for renewable energy, ‘energy derived from natural processes, like sunlight and wind, that are replenished at a faster rate than they are consumed’, one should think twice about bioenergy being fed by crops and forests as being renewable. With such strong arguments in mind, an international coalition of […]