Give your views on wood bioenergy for an IUCN motion

Use of wood as bioenergy worsens climate change, is an expensive and inefficient form of energy generation and causes huge damage to forests across Europe and in the USA (see below).

Fighting for forests? IUCN Marseilles 2020

If you represent an IUCN member organisation or are a member of WCPA or any IUCN commission, you can comment on submitted motions for the IUCN 2020 Marseilles conference. 

Motion # 038 ‘Promoting biodiversity preservation through energy transformation measures’

Representations could include (a) end subsidies for burning wood for bioenergy (b) burning wood is not carbon zero (c) safeguards are needed to protect forest biodiversity. If you have a chance to comment the document, please do so before 26 February (and encourage other allies eg. European Paper Network network to do so too).

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Need more information on wood fuel bioenergy?

November 2019 NRDC (Trinomics) Report “Burn-out: EU clean energy subsidies lead to forest destruction”

June 2018 European Academies of Science Advisory Council (EASAC) StatementThe EU’s renewable energy ambitions: Bioenergy from forests is not always carbon neutral – and may even increase the EU’s carbon emissions.

May 2017 European Academies of Science Advisory Council (EASAC) “Multi-functionality and Sustainability in the European Union’s Forests

February 2017 Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) report “The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat on Climate Change and Forests”