Biomass

Climate change 22-06-2022

IPCC scientist: Europe can ‘triple’ biomass production while strengthening its green goals

The European Union could "triple" the amount of biomass produced on a sustainable basis over the coming decades while helping restore land degraded by industrial pollution, poor agriculture, erosion and climate change, says André Faaij.
Energy 20-05-2022

Campaigners hail ‘historic breakthrough’ on revised EU biomass rules

Environmental groups claimed victory earlier this week after the European Parliament's environment committee voted on new rules clarifying what can be counted as "sustainable biomass" under the revised renewable energy directive. Others were more cautious though, saying the battle is far from over.
Agrifood 19-05-2022

Farming sector cautious about using CAP funds to drop Russian energy imports

Europe's farming community gave a lukewarm reception to the possibility, suggested by the European Commission, of transferring up to €7.5 billion from the EU’s farming subsidies to the support measures aimed at overcoming dependence on Russian fossil fuels.
Biofuels 21-04-2022

Princeton academics accuse EU biofuels policy of harming climate aims

The EU’s promotion of biofuels as a renewable energy source is undermining the bloc’s climate goals, a new study by Princeton University academics and CIRAD, a French agricultural research body, has found.
Climate change 06-04-2022

The false promise that burning forest wood can replace Russian fossil fuels

Using forest wood to replace Russian fossil fuel imports would not only be disastrous for the environment, it would also not be a credible energy alternative, writes Karl Wagner.
Climate change 04-02-2022

Campaigners begin legal fight against EU taxonomy’s bioenergy rules

Climate campaigners have started the process of a legal challenge against the European Union over the labelling of investments in bioenergy and bio-based plastics and chemicals as green in its flagship sustainable finance rulebook.
Climate change 21-01-2022

‘Too early’ to revise Europe’s bioenergy rules, EU countries say

A coalition of 10 EU member states, led by Sweden, have written to the French EU Council Presidency and the European Commission to warn against the planned revision of sustainability criteria for bioenergy, saying it is too early to do so.
Climate change 16-12-2021

Estonia’s wood pellet industry stokes controversy

Estonia's thriving wood pellet industry is pitting environmentalists who warn it increases logging and harms biodiversity against supporters who say it makes good use of wood that would otherwise go to waste.
16-12-2021

Romania ‘won’t prohibit wood for household heating’, energy minister says

Bucharest dismissed as "fake news" reports about a planned ban on firewood for heating. Rather, the government seeks to better define the regime for using biomass as an energy source, energy minister Virgil Popescu told EURACTIV in an interview.

Hackles raised over ‘unbalanced’ forest policy ahead of EU ministerial meeting

EU countries, industry and lawmakers are pushing back against the European Commission’s new forest strategy, criticising a lack of balance between the different roles performed by forests – economic, social and environmental.

Finnish MEP: ‘I’m against the power creep in the EU’s forest strategy’

There is no such thing as a European forest, and those trying to introduce an EU-wide forest strategy that does not take account of regional differences “live in Fantasyland,” Finnish lawmaker Nils Torvalds told EURACTIV.
19-07-2021

‘Enough with the burning’: EU executive accused of sacrificing forests

The European Commission has been accused of “sacrificing forests” after it published proposals that would allow trees to continue to be burned for fuel. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.

Europe fiddles while forests burn

The European Commission's approach to using forest wood for energy could prove a faux pas ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit in November, a dangerous move which contradicts the findings of the EU executive's own research department, writes Peg Putt.  
22-06-2021

How the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive risks destroying Europe’s forests

If the Europe Union doesn’t want an explosion in the amount of wood being harvested for “renewable heat”, it’s essential that the bugs in the Renewable Energy Directive are fixed, write Samuel Thomas, Dominic Scott and Dr Jan Rosenow.

EU to target industry, transport in renewable energy rules

An upcoming overhaul of European Union renewable energy regulations will include measures targeting transport and industry, where the use of emissions-free energy sources are lagging, the bloc's energy policy chief said on Wednesday (26 May).
26-05-2021

We can’t burn our way out of the climate crisis

In its new Net Zero scenario, the International Energy Agency (IEA) maps a 60% increase in bioenergy by 2050. But Swapping burning wood for burning coal won’t save the climate, warns Peg Putt.
Climate change 18-05-2021

IEA criticised over growing share of bioenergy in net-zero scenario

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published a new energy scenario on Tuesday (18 May), modelling for the first time how the world can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5ºC.
Climate change 11-05-2021

Brussels rebuked over ‘confusing’ draft EU bioenergy rules

The European Commission was sent back to the drawing board on the EU's renewable energy directive overhaul after an internal assessment of its draft proposal concluded that it failed to analyse the potential environmental risks of increased bioenergy use.
Energy 04-05-2021

LEAK: EU’s draft renewables law confirms 38-40% target for 2030

An early draft of the EU’s upcoming renewable energy directive confirms the bloc’s objective of sourcing 38-40% of its energy from renewables by 2030, roughly doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in Europe’s energy mix by the end of the decade.

NGOs walk out on EU green finance group over forestry, bioenergy rules

The WWF and several other NGOs have decided to suspend their participation in the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Platform in protest against what they see as weak and “unscientific” criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the EU’s green finance taxonomy.
Energy 20-04-2021

France’s wood sector welcomes plan to bolster industry

The French Strategic Contract for the Wood Sector known as CSF has been updated to be in line with the country's recovery plan and accelerate the wood and forestry sector's contribution to the low-carbon transition, France's agriculture, housing and industry ministers announced on Monday (19 April). EURACTIV France reports.  

MEP Canfin: The French hard line on nuclear is a dead end

The hard line defended by France over the inclusion of nuclear power in the green finance taxonomy is a dead end because there is no majority in favour of it at the EU level, warns lawmaker Pascal Canfin. Instead, the French MEP argues for including nuclear energy in the 'transition' category.

LEAK: EU taxonomy draft leaves bioenergy and forestry off the hook

The European Commission has decided to leave out agriculture but kept controversial criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the first batch of proposed implementing rules due to be presented on Wednesday (21 April) as part of the EU’s green finance taxonomy, EURACTIV has learned.
02-02-2021

‘Win-win or lose-lose’: EU scientists highlight two-faced bioenergy policies

Around 14% of bioenergy used in Europe is of unknown origin, according to an EU report, which highlights the need to improve the tracing of wood burned for electricity production.