Burning forests for energy isn’t ‘renewable’ – now the EU must admit it

By Greta Thunberg, Lina Burnelius, Sommer Ackerman and others
The UK Guardian
September 5, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Next week the future of many of the world’s forests will be decided when members of the European parliament vote on a revised EU renewable energy directive. …Increasing volumes of wood pellets and other wood fuels are being imported from outside the EU. This is an appetite that the existing EU renewable energy directive incentivises. It does this by classifying forest biomass on paper as zero-carbon emissions when in reality, burning forest biomass will produce higher emissions than fossil fuels during the coming decisive decades. …The EU’s renewable energy directive should apply solely to actual renewable energy forms – and forests are not renewable. Forests are ecosystems created by nature that cannot be replanted. …There is just not enough time for these tree plantations to regrow to be in line with the Paris agreement. The same goes for the burning of what the industry calls forest residues.

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