News bioenergy

Climate Packages – just pretty wrapping?

Mon, 16/01/2017
Sini Eräjää looks back upon some of the climate and energy disappointments of 2016 and makes her wish for a Happy New (& Sustainable) Year for Nature in 2017.

A dirty day for Europe’s clean dream

Tue, 06/12/2016
This week, the European Commission unveiled its much-hyped Clean Energy package – the map charting Europe’s energy future from 2020 to 2030.

Bioenergy: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Wed, 02/11/2016
Amid growing speculation that the EU will publish its much-anticipated Renewable Energy Package at the end of this month, Sini Eräjää dispels the myth that....

The hunt for truly green bioenergy? The EU's...

Thu, 06/10/2016
At the end of November, the EU will publish its much anticipated Renewable Energy Package. Sini Eräjää explains how the case of bioenergy...

The Hunt for Green October

Wed, 05/10/2016
Autumn is truly here – birds yearn to fly south but are anxious to do so until knowing that the Nature Directives, so critical to protect them during their travels...

Holding on to the EU’s climate ambition?

Tue, 06/09/2016
Fighting climate change is the perfect example of a global challenge that requires cross-border action. Most EU citizens see climate change as a serious problem and believe that governments and businesses are responsible for tackling it.

How the EU can achieve sustainable bioenergy

Wed, 01/06/2016
Following the end of a public consultation by the European Commission, it's crunch time for the new bioenergy policy.

It’s time to redesign Europe’s renewable energy...

Wed, 10/02/2016
By 2030, a third of the EU’s energy should come from renewable resources. But this may not automatically make it ‘greener’.
Woodfuel is a multi-billion dollar business in Sub-Saharan Africa  © A. Schenk

A burning issue: woodfuel, public health, land...

Mon, 25/01/2016
Wood is a key source of energy that has been used for millennia for cooking, boiling water, lighting and heating. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 90% of the population relies on woodfuel. In November 2015, Dr. Mary Njenga, a scientist in bioenergy from the World Agroforestry Centre, held a presentation on the subject at the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, outlining the issues related to the use of woodfuel and viable local solutions.

...And then Paris saved 2015

Tue, 15/12/2015
This was supposed to be a big year for climate change mitigation, the EU Energy Union and sustainable bioenergy. Most decisions lacked ambition. Then came the climate change agreement.

Using bioenergy may not be as green as it seems

Thu, 19/11/2015
Read why it's being called the "accounting error" causing global warming, and how using biofuels could be more harmful than fossil fuels.

Battling global warming with Belarussian bogs

Thu, 19/11/2015
Swamps are associated with more than just scary films. BirdLife in Belarus is working with the government to restore 51.000 ha of wetlands to combat climate change. Read how and why here.

Migrating through the energy maze

Tue, 01/09/2015
Energy production is increasingly catching up to illegal killing, poisoning and habitat destruction as a major danger to migratory birds.

Is the EU today’s biggest threat to Southern US...

Thu, 13/11/2014

On the occasion of the National Day of Action, thousands of people across the US are co

Up for decision: land for food or fuel?

Mon, 03/11/2014

Will land based biofuels be limited?