Leaked Renewable Energy Directive fails the test on bioenergy

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Leaked Renewable Energy Directive fails the test on bioenergy By Sini Eräjää, EU Bioenergy Policy Officer, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia and the European Environmental Bureau. Negotiations in the European Commission about new legislation on renewable energy are gearing up. Leaks of the negotiated text earlier this week in the press (e.g. ENDS and Politico) […]

Southern U.S. Elected Officials Stand for Forests

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Across the Southern United States, natural disasters have steadily increased in number and severity, causing loss of life and billions of dollars in damage. It’s clear that the impacts of global climate change are happening here and now. At this very moment Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the Southeastern coastline, forcing communities in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to evacuate.

Nothing green about burning wood for electricity

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Jeremy Wates, the Secretary General of the European Environment Bureau in Brussels, explains in a letter to Britain’s The Independent newspaper how there is ‘Nothing green about burning wood for electricity‘ By burning wood pellets instead of coal Drax power station has turned green, according to your report “Green energy: How one power plant chips away at the […]

USA vs. Europe: the troublesome footprint of EU renewable policies

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Written by guest author Ginny Kreitler, Senior Energy Advisor for Audubon (BirdLife in the US). Wood pellet production for European energy markets, as practiced recently, creates a carbon debt through 2030 and fosters unsustainable timbering practices. Running power plants on imported wood pellets will weaken progress on decarbonizing Europe’s energy supply while contributing to the degradation […]