Germany must not subsidize a switch from coal to forest biomass

International groups warn that new German subsidies for coal-to biomass conversions could cause damage to forests around the world 25 environmental NGOs from the USA and Estonia sent a letter to members of the Bundesrat ahead of last week’s debate about a reform to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) which, the groups fear, could result […]

Ten Reasons to Not Burn Biomass

This is a guest blog by Dr. Louise Vet and Dr. Martijn Katan, originally posted in Dutch paper, Trouw, on October 9, 2020. Professor Vet prepares to provide expert testimony during a Dutch Parliamentary hearing on biomass today, October 14, 2020. The Netherlands is one of the primary importers of biomass sourced from the Southern […]

Release: US Groups send strong message to Japanese government: “Wood Pellet Biomass is a greenwash of ‘renewable energy'”

-For immediate release, September 30, 2020- As the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) develops the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities, wood pellet biomass must be excluded from consideration if the legislation hopes to secure carbon emission reductions, habitat protection, and community resilience […]

“Danish Climate Agreement Puts our Forests at Risk,” say environmental groups from USA and Estonia

-For immediate release- Asheville, NC, September 1st, 2020 – Today, environmental campaigners from the USA and Estonia delivered a letter to Minister Jørgensen [1], warning that the new Danish Climate Agreement fails to protect their countries’ forests and perpetuates Denmark’s contribution to climate change by allowing large-scale biomass burning to continue unabated. The groups call […]

Beware the Biomass Boom and Bust

Enviva depends on overseas sales for its product: wood pellets. However, the Dutch government is on the precipice of writing biomass out of its energy future. The Netherlands are concerned about the perverse effects of importing vast amounts of wood from overseas for combustion in coal-fired power stations, the high level of continuous subsidies involved, […]