The EU must protect forests, not burn them for energy

The EU must protect forests, not burn them for energy

The EU must protect forests, not burn them for energy

Position paper | June 15, 2021

Petition to EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans

EU policy is increasing forest logging and associated greenhouse gas emissions by misleadingly promoting the burning of forest wood as “zero-carbon” renewable energy. We call on EU policymakers and EU Member States to:
  • End subsidies and other incentives for burning forest wood and redirect this critical support to energy efficiency and true low-emission renewable energy sources.
  • Exclude energy generated from burning forest wood from counting towards renewable energy targets.
  • Prioritise forest protection and restoration and ensure that all EU policies safeguard our health, the climate and biodiversity.

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