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The European Union’s push and subsidies for renewable energy have led to the growing use of trees and food for energy - known as bioenergy. Despite good intentions, this isn’t helping to combat climate change or to protect the environment. Join us in calling for EU decision makers to change these policies!
Bioenergy, energy produced by burning of organic materials like wood, agricultural crops, or organic waste makes up 2/3 of renewable energy in Europe. When wood and crops are burned for bioenergy, carbon is released into the air and nature’s own carbon storages are reduced, so this kind of bioenergy doesn’t actually reduce emissions.
This growing demand for bioenergy increases the pressure on forests and ecosystems in Europe and beyond. To meet these astronomical demands, the EU is even importing wood derived from standing forests in the US and crops from fields around the world.
The European Commission is currently working on a new sustainability policy for bioenergy – expected in early December 2016. We want this new policy to better protect the environment and to actually combat climate change.
Join this Thunderclap for the bioenergy International Day of Action on 19 October, and call on EU leaders to ensure that their new #EUbioenergy policy protects our climate and forests. Help stop the twisted outcomes from the EU’s poorly drafted bioenergy policies.
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