Time to stop counting forest biomass as ‘renewable energy’

By Mary Booth, Partnership for Policy Integrity
November 16, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

EUROPE — Policymakers at COP27 are trying to advance last year’s commitments to end global deforestation. But even as they support such efforts, some EU policymakers are seeking to water down a weak – yet still important – proposal by the European Parliament that would protect forests within the EU, by disqualifying energy from burning trees and other forest biomass from counting as renewable energy. …Now, thanks to an open letter from forestry scientists and practitioners, we can see what arguments they’ve been making. …What emerges is a disturbing picture of an industry that deploys dangerous misinformation, mirroring the worst trends in political tactics today. At stake is the EU’s ability to achieve climate, nature restoration, and air quality goals. …What should policymakers do? Immediately capping and phasing out forest biomass as ‘renewable energy’ by 2027, or 2030 at the latest.

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