Want to Protect Forests? Stop Burning Forests as Fuel

The biomass debate in the Netherlands continues to burn hot. For over two years, people have organized and protested against the country’s largest proposed biomass combustion plant slated to be built in Diemen, a small town just north of Amsterdam. Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company behind the project, is feverishly trying to show their business […]

UK Climate “Ambition” is Clearcutting Climate Resiliency

At the beginning of December, the UK introduced a target to cut carbon emissions by 68% (based on 1990 levels) in the next decade. The government wants to brand its climate target as “ambitious,” but this is not the holiday present the climate was asking for. In reality, the UK’s climate targets are unlikely to […]

Despite Overwhelming Opposition, SCDHEC Grants Enviva’s Expansion in Greenwood, SC

Despite overwhelming public opposition from local residents, professors, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has permitted Enviva to expand production at their Greenwood, SC facility to 660,000 tons of wood pellets per year. That translates to logging 15,840 acres per year. That’s 43 acres of beautiful, […]

Letter to the Governor of South Carolina

Dear South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, COVID-19 has now killed more than 200,000 people in the US, and over a quarter of those deaths are Black Americans, in part due to racism, social inequity, and environmental injustices that have purposefully robbed the Black community of health and well-being. As you know, Enviva, a biomass wood […]

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 […]