More than half the wood logged in the EU is burned for energy and counted toward renewable energy targets. But logging and burning forests for fuel increases carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels and degrades the forest carbon sink. Newly released data show total loss of the land carbon sink in Finland and Estonia, and other countries are in jeopardy. This webinar reviews the science and explains why, if the EU wants to meet climate goals, policymakers must end incentives for burning forest biomass in the RED.
3:19 – Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Erb, Director, Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
The RED’s incentives to use forest biomass are damaging EU forests
13:53 – Dr. Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Burning forest biomass is undermining the EU’s climate goals
26:09 – Dr. Mary Booth, Director, Partnership for Policy Integrity
New data on how the EU’s forest carbon sink is shrinking
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