Europe Is Sacrificing Its Ancient Forests for Energy

By Sarah Hurtes and Weiyi Cai
The New York Times
September 7, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Burning wood was never supposed to be the cornerstone of the European Union’s green energy strategy.  When the bloc began subsidizing wood burning over a decade ago, it was seen as a quick boost for renewable fuel and an incentive to move homes and power plants away from coal and gas. Chips and pellets were marketed as a way to turn sawdust waste into green power.  Those subsidies gave rise to a booming market, to the point that wood is now Europe’s largest renewable energy source, far ahead of wind and solar.  But today, as demand surges amid a Russian energy crunch, whole trees are being harvested for power. And evidence is mounting that Europe’s bet on wood to address climate change has not paid off.  …The industry has become so big that researchers cannot keep track of it. [We respect the copyrights of the source publication – full access to this story may require a subscription]    

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