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Climate change 06-09-2017

Will the European Parliament take the high road on climate and forests?

Ahead of a European Parliament vote on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), Hannah Aho explains how MEPs have both strengthened and weakened draft forest rules she says are essential in the fight against climate change.

Biofuels 03-07-2017

Drivers are the top consumers of palm oil in Europe

As millions of European hit the roads this month for a well-earned summer break, most won’t know what they’re driving on, writes Laura Buffet.

Climate change 15-06-2017

Forest accounting rules put EU’s climate credibility at risk

Forest mitigation should be measured using a scientifically-objective approach, not allowing countries to hide the impacts of policies that increase net emissions, writes a group of environmental scientists led by Dr Joanna I House.

Health 05-04-2017

Only healthier diets can tackle climate change, experts claim

Governments are “trapped” by lobbyists, and it’s hard to fight climate change. But if young people are mobilised and turn to healthy lifestyles, there is hope, according to scientists. EURACTIV.com reports from Lyon.

Energy 21-03-2017

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema.

24-11-2016

Protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets – report

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.

Energy 19-10-2016

The EU’s dangerous biomass delusion

Bioenergy advocates claim that Europe’s forests are well managed and don’t contribute to global warming. Yet, biomass production in Europe is projected to rely more and more on materials that have a high risk of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Linde Zuidema.

Energy 16-08-2016

How Nordic countries can inspire the EU’s bioenergy policy

The experience of sustainable forestry management in Sweden and the other Nordic countries could serve as an inspiration for the EU when it draws up sustainability criteria for biomass, write Pernilla Winnhed, Carina Håkansson and Gustav Melin.

Energy 24-05-2016

The EU needs bioenergy – and it must be sustainable

Over the past few months, tense debates on the sustainability of biomass used for energy production have arisen. Most stakeholders seem to agree on one point: we need an EU policy to ensure the sustainability of biomass, writes Harri Laurikka.

Energy 15-02-2016

Bioenergy is the weakest link in EU renewable energy policy

As the Commission closes it public consultation on the future of the EU’s renewable energy policies, their success greatly depends on the questionable sustainability of bioenergy, writes Sini Eräjää.

Central Europe 23-11-2015

Europe’s sustainable biomass potential is substantial

Sufficient sustainable biomass can be produced within European borders to drive major bioeconomy development and all that is needed is recognition of this latent potential and enabling public policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.

Agrifood 18-11-2015

Food giants shoot for 100% renewable energy target

Unilever and Mars were among the first household names in the food and drink industry to announce plans for a 100% shift to renewable energy.

Agrifood 17-11-2015

To build a bio-economy, Europe needs to cut bioenergy

Europe urgently needs to rethink its bioenergy policies to account for their true impact on the climate, biodiversity and food scarcity, writes Bas Eickhout.

BioEnergy Science Center

Realistic regulations needed for bioenergy to be a long-term solution to emissions reduction

The European Commission and the Parliament must stay realistic when it comes to limiting emissions from medium combustion plants (MCP), if the long-term objective is to develop a sustainable and low-emission energy production, writes Jean-Marc Jossart.

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Agrifood 22-05-2015

Biomass will play a critical role in Europe’s energy future

Biomass is the only renewable, affordable energy source available on-demand. European countries need to make sure it is sourced sustainably, writes Philip Lowe.

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France champions bioethanol industry in Europe

The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. EURACTIV France reports.

How the Commission ‘blocked’ key environmental plans

EXCLUSIVE / Plans to crack down on endocrine disruptors and illegal timber being imported into the EU, were buried by the outgoing President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and his secretary-general Catherine Day, according to a senior EU source.

Bearded wheat in Thésée, Loir-et-Cher, in France. [Sybarite48/Fotopedia].
Energy 30-05-2014

EU diplomats agree to 7% biofuels cap

EU ambassadors have agreed to a 7% cap on biofuels made from food crops in transport fuel, in a move environmentalists say is a “timid step” in the right direction.

Bioenergy push needs land ‘three times the size of the UK’

A planned doubling in Europe’s use of crops and wood for fuel, transport and heating by 2030 will leave a 70.2 million hectares (Mha) land footprint, equivalent to the combined size of Poland and Sweden, according to a new report by the Vienna University.  

Trade & Society 03-10-2013

IISD’s biofuels failures tarnish a once respectable institution

Peter Wooders paints the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) as a paragon of integrity in his recent commentary piece published on EURACTIV. But the facts paint a different picture, writes Eric Sievers in a response.

Climate change 30-11-2012

Half of Europe’s renewable energy ‘comes from wood’

SPECIAL REPORT / Practically half of the EU’s renewable energy currently comes from wood and wood waste, according to the EU statistics office Eurostat, but a lack of sustainability criteria for measuring its environmental impact is stoking fears of a hidden carbon debt mountain. 

Trade & Society 21-11-2012

EU leaders should see bio-based industries as fuel for recovery

The contribution of agriculture and the EU’s Horizon 2020 research strategy to green growth and job creation should feature high on the agenda when EU leaders discuss the long-term budget this week, argue Steen Riisgaard and Guido Ghisolfi.

Energy 20-11-2012

Europe’s biofuels industry slips further behind US

Europe risks losing out to the United States in the growing market for advanced biofuels without better regulation and clear policy signals, say leading members of the industry.

Climate change 25-10-2012

Bioenergy review confirms carbon savings doubts

A new review of European bioenergy by independent researchers has found “significant risk” that EU renewables policies will increase carbon emissions by 2020 because of a dearth of carbon accounting safeguards.