bioenergy

bioenergy

European Commission puts biofuel industry ahead of people and planet

In its proposed new Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has given in to the pressure of the biofuel industry lobby at the expense of people and the climate. The proposal would allow EU countries to rely on food-based biofuels to meet their 2030 climate and energy targets, notwithstanding strong evidence of their harmful impact on communities and the environment.

Saibi Mrisho (33) prepares to make charcoal by stacking wood, covering it with leaves and earth and slow burning it over 3 days. Photo credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Burning land, burning the climate

There is overwhelming evidence of the harm caused by the European Union’s current bioenergy policy to people in developing countries, to the climate and to Europe’s own sustainable development. This briefing follows the trail of destruction left by the policy on three continents.

Bio fuel production

A new EU sustainable bioenergy policy

This paper focuses on concerns related to the EU’s growing bioenergy use, which is being driven by EU climate and energy policies. It focuses on the practicalities of implementing sustainability safeguards in all energy uses of biomass, including electricity, heating and transport.

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