European Parliament’s proposed ban on use of wood chips for heating causes uproar

Baltic News Network
February 1, 2023
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European Parliament’s proposal is amending the Renewable Energy Resources Directive. Although at their core amendments do not mean a full ban on use of biomass as fuel, they do provide for excluding primary forest biomass from all state support plans, renewable energy goal and longevity criteria. The intended amendments, the ministry warns, would mean additional emission quotas for wood chips. This would make bioenergy financially unattractive. …The statement from the ministry mentions this proposal could put at risk EU member states’ ability to ensure energy security using local renewable energy, which may, in turn, undermine EU’s movement towards climate neutrality. The proposal may promote use of fossil fuel and imported energy resources, so that member states are able to supply themselves with necessary energy, especially heating energy. In the event this proposal is passed, bioenergy may lose its advantages.

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