European scientists concerned by blanket GHG emissions neutrality of biomass

In Belgium, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says it has worked to draw the attention of policy makers to a glaring oversight in this ambition: the EU and its Member States continue to classify all biomass from forests as carbon neutral, renewable energy.

It is simplistic and misleading to classify all types of biomass from forests as sources of carbon neutral renewable energy as explained in the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) report published in April 2017.

Whilst it may be too late to change the text of the Renewable Energy Directive II itself, policy makers in the Member States could and should implement it in ways which reflect these scientific realities, and which will contribute positively to their commitments to the Paris Agreement.

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