Tide Turning on Use of Wood-Burning for Renewable Energy in Europe: ENGO

By Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI)
Business Wire
September 20, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BRUSSELS — A vote last week by the European Parliament marks a first step toward new restrictions on burning “primary woody biomass” for renewable energy under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The Parliament’s proposal, to be finalized after negotiations with the European Council and Commission, would end subsidies for energy generated by burning most forest biomass by 2024. …On the heels of the vote, a group of NGOs from across the EU have filed a legal case seeking to block forest bioenergy and forestry projects from inclusion under the Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, the EU’s new guidance for sustainable investments. Together, these measures could be a turning point for the EU, which allows energy from wood-burning to count toward renewable energy targets. …Power plants burning forest biomass currently receive a significant portion of the €17 billion per year that EU member states grant in bioenergy subsidies overall.

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