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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.
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Climate change 21-09-2021

Life Terra’s first “Klimawald” takes roots in Germany

Life Terra spoke to Stift Ehreshoven about their castle and estate situated near Cologne, Germany, with 1,500+ ha of forest land that is managed sustainably and the effects of climate change on German forests.
Climate change 08-09-2021

Forest restoration and tree-planting – What impact for climate change mitigation?

The EU has adopted ambitious new targets to curb climate change, with a pledge to make them legally binding.
Climate change 07-09-2021

To stop deforestation, banks too must be reined in

A tough EU law on forest commodities must include both trade and the financial sector, write Irene Wabiwa and Christoph Thies.
Agrifood 01-09-2021

MEPs blast Commission’s flagship forest strategy as vague, overstepping EU remit

European lawmakers from across the political spectrum have united in criticism against the European Commission’s new flagship Forest Strategy, describing it as vague and superficial while flagging concerns that it goes beyond the remit of EU competences.

Romania supports EU forest plan, says more talks needed over funding

Romania supports the European Commission's plan to protect forests and harness their ability to fight climate change, but more talks are needed to clarify goals and funding sources, Environment Minister Tánczos Barna said on Monday (19 July).
Biomass 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.
Biomass 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.
Biomass 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 14-04-2021

EURACTIV and Life Terra Foundation – Planting trees in Brussels forest with RFSB

Life Terra is a project co-funded by the LIFE Programme through EISMEA with the goal to plant 500 million trees in Europe over 5 years – 1 tree for every European.
Climate change 23-03-2021

Just 1% of businesses are taking strong action on deforestation: study

An analysis of the anti-deforestation work of 553 of the world's largest businesses has found that just 1% are taking 'best practice' action. This is despite the multi-billion-dollar risks associated with inaction, EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

The EU’s watershed deforestation moment?

This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited, writes Julia Christian.

One Planet Summit: no climate fix without biodiversity

A UN-backed summit Monday of political leaders and CEOs pledging to reverse the accelerating destruction of the natural world was long on promises and short on cash.
Climate change 09-12-2020

‘Net zero’ climate targets? Read the fine print

The worldwide effort to prevent Earth from becoming an unlivable hothouse is in the grips of "net zero" fever.
Biomass 23-10-2020

The answer to deforestation lies in space

The use of satellite technology to track and halt real-time cases of deforestation in a country like Malaysia could become a “blueprint” for ending deforestation in the Amazon, writes Daniel Mackisack.

Europe needs laws to stop import of deforestation-linked products, lawmakers say

The European Parliament on Thursday (22 October) called for the European Union to introduce laws to prevent the import of commodities and products linked to deforestation and human rights abuses.

Official: EU taking first steps to bring forestry into carbon market

The first step to bring forestry under the EU’s emissions trading scheme is to ensure that every tonne of carbon dioxide in the forest is counted so that a certification system for carbon removals can be put in place, Artur Runge-Metzger told EURACTIV.

Forests and climate change

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With its 2030 climate plan last month, the European Commission has put the spotlight on forests as Europe's main "carbon sink," saying their ability to store carbon dioxide must be preserved in order to reach the bloc's climate goals.
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Forestry’s climate impact ‘invisible’ under UN rules, experts say

Forests are the planet’s biggest carbon “sink” – absorbing more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit – but their contribution to cooling the earth’s climate are currently not fully accounted for under UN rules, experts point out.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Europe revives carbon farming but without access to carbon markets

The concept of soil carbon sequestration, a cornerstone of regenerative farming, is regaining strength as a key measure in both climate mitigation and adaptation.
Climate change 18-09-2020

Commission under fire for including ‘carbon sinks’ into EU climate goals

The European Commission on Thursday (17 September) defended its plan to bring carbon removals from agriculture, land use and forestry into the EU’s updated climate target for 2030, saying this was in line with UNFCCC standards.
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Biomass 18-09-2020

Biomass: supporting greater climate ambitions without sacrificing sustainability

As Europe’s largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU’s low-carbon energy transition. Seeking to accelerate this transition, the European Commission has proposed a series of ambitious new goals to  achieve by the end...
Biomass 14-07-2020

‘Not all biomass is carbon neutral’, industry says

Leading industry figures acknowledge that not all biomass brings benefits to the climate, insisting that only low-value wood and forest residues should make the cut under EU law.

EU’s trade deals can put an end to deforestation

The EU must take an aggressive “stick and carrot” approach to trade deals in order to put an end to deforestation and avert a next pandemic, writes Fazlun Khalid.