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Climate change 20-06-2018

‘Natural solutions’ in focus as EU hosts climate summit with China, Canada

The Nature4Climate Initiative is officially being launched in Brussels on Wednesday (20 June) by a coalition of conservation organisations, business groups, the UNDP and other major environmental NGOs.
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Agrifood 06-04-2018

Brazilian biofuel producers oppose further deforestation of the Amazon

The Brazilian Senate is considering lifting a ban on sugarcane production for ethanol fuel in the Amazon. The plan, supported by the country's president, has sparked protests from environmentalists and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA.
Climate change 21-02-2018

EU urged to do more to protect forests

Forest nations are calling on the EU to strengthen the control of supply chains for products causing deforestation such as palm oil or cocoa. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 01-02-2018

France to manage its ‘carbon sink’ for 2050 goal

Optimising the wood-energy sector is key for France to attain its objective of becoming carbon neutral in 2050. However, 60% of forests in the country are left unmanaged nowadays. EURACTIV.fr reports
Agrifood 30-01-2018

Wood from German forests as climate-neutral fuel?

Germany is the EU's richest country in forest and wood. According to European Commision plans, German forests are meant to be used much more as energy sources in the future. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 29-01-2018

Balancing emissions and removals from Europe’s forests

EU policymakers face a big challenge to maximise the economic potential of Europe’s forestry sector while balancing its carbon emissions and removals. But it's one they will have to rise to if the bloc is to meet its climate and energy targets.
Energy 24-10-2017

Green activists decry EU vote in support of ‘bad bioenergy’

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee voted in support of a proposal to phase out biofuels yesterday evening (23 October) but “completely failed” to secure climate friendly use of biomass in heating and electricity, green groups have said.
Climate change 14-09-2017

Parliament adds forest ‘sinks’ to EU’s 2030 carbon budget

MEPs approved new rules on Wednesday (13 September) accounting for the "negative emissions" from forestry as part of the EU’s 2030 climate change policy, a move welcomed by conservationists but which scientists warn risks creating incentives to burn cheap biomass.

MEPs back Commission’s opinion-dividing land use proposal

The European Parliament’s environment committee on Tuesday (11 July) adopted a proposal on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). But the draft report has provoked criticism across sectors, as it now moves towards a full plenary vote and trialogue.
Climate change 23-05-2017

France climate ambition ends where the forest begins

France likes to be seen as a leader on climate action, but when it comes to the role of forests, the country’s priorities lie elsewhere. EURACTIV France reports.

Primeval forest risks sparking new EU-Poland clash

The EU warned Poland on Thursday (27 April) it may take legal action to stop logging in a UNESCO World Heritage forest, risking a new clash with Warsaw's right-wing government.
Development Policy 21-07-2016

FAO: Deforestation ‘not necessary’ to guarantee food security

Expanding agricultural land, a major cause of deforestation, is not the best way to ensure food security, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 27-05-2016

Poland approves logging in primeval forest

Polish environmental authorities have given the go-ahead for substantial logging in Europe’s last primeval forest, despite protests from environmental groups and the EU. EURACTIV’s partner Joural de l'Environnement reports.

Forestry carbon credit loophole could be used to game climate commitments

EXCLUSIVE / Weaknesses in the oversight of the European Union’s forestry sector has exposed it to the risk of being used to game government climate commitments and scoop up millions of euros worth of carbon credits.
Agrifood 10-03-2016

Czech farmers take the slow lane to renewable energies

Turning to eco-friendly farming practices under the EU’s new Rural Development Programme may be challenging for the Czech Republic, where renewable energies have a bad reputation. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Climate change 08-02-2016

Better management could increase the climate benefits of European forests

Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically. According to a study published in the journal Science, this has led to a slight increase in global temperatures. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Development Policy 02-12-2015

Tropical countries demand financial incentives to save their forests

Developing countries will commit to protecting their forests in return for financial compensation from the big polluters. But deforestation will not appear in a binding Paris agreement. EURACTIV France reports
Arawak Amerind children
Development Policy 25-11-2015

EU-Guyana trade deal must protect land rights, activists say

A potential trade pact between the European Union and Guyana must contain land rights protections for local residents in order to avert the possible displacement of indigenous people, activists said on Tuesday (24 November).
Sherbrooke forest
Climate change 12-05-2015

Europe quietly shelves forestry debate ahead of Paris climate talks

A delicate negotiation about how to account for forestry and land use emissions looms large over this year’s UN climate conference in Paris. The issue is potentially divisive within the EU, and threatens to unravel the bloc’s proclaimed leadership on climate change.

Brussels chops through EU forest rules

An agriculture council is to discuss today (23 September) the EU’s new forest strategy, which aims to cut through the mass of rules governing the protection of forests.
Climate change 19-08-2013

Europe’s forests approach carbon ‘saturation point’

The ability of Europe's forests to absorb carbon dioxide is heading towards saturation point, threatening one of the continent's main defences against global warming, a study showed yesterday (18 August).
Central Europe 15-06-2012

Bulgarians protest ‘mafia’ Forest Act

Bulgaria's capital has been blocked by spontaneous protests against the country's new Forest Act, which  environmentalists say will lead to the plundering of the country’s woodland resources. Dnevnik, EURACTIV’s partner publication in Bulgaria, reports.
Climate change 13-03-2012

Hedegaard hails ‘first step’ towards rural CO2 emissions rules

The EU executive has proposed new harmonised rules to account for greenhouse gas emissions from forests and agriculture within the EU’s climate policy.

Out of the woods? Rural Europe (re)turns to forests as main energy source

Wood is already the most widely-used source of renewable energy in Europe, but the European Commission is looking at additional measures to help rural regions seize their potential for power from biomass.