EU Forest Watch 232 - February 2018

 

 

What does 2018 hold in store for climate and forests?

In 2018, the EU and other countries will have an opportunity to ramp up climate action – but they must take meaningful steps in various international fora to seize it by protecting and restoring natural forests and their potential to cool the climate.

 

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The European Parliament on climate: Blow hot, blow cold

 

On 17 January 2018, the European Parliament voted for language to increase the EU’s carbon sink over the next few decades so as to reach negative emissions by 2050 (i.e., to pull more carbon out of the atmosphere than it puts into it). The decision will now go into “Trilogue” negotiations.

 

On the same day, during the vote on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), MEPs ignored the alert raised by almost 800 scientists that burning wood as part of a climate strategy will likely backfire, yielding instead to the intense pressure of forestry and energy sectors, and of Member States (e.g., Finland and Sweden) that rely on intensive forestry to feed expanding bioenergy industries.

 

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