The “Burning Issue” – When anti-bioenergy communication goes bad

“The Burning Issue: – When bioenergy goes bad” is the sensationalist title of the latest film released by Brussels-based NGOs BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment. The release was supported by a significant marketing effort, including trailers that featured an arsenal of rhetorical statements to the backdrop of epic music. As is often the case with such teasers, the movie fell short … Read More

Agricultural Biomass and Energy Crops: outgrowing the impasse

This is a key moment at EU level for bioenergy, including Agricultural Biomass and Energy Crops. The publication of the Clean Energy Package and the impending reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020 offer an unprecedented window of opportunity. Agricultural Biomass and Energy Crops have been thoroughly studied, researched and developed over the past 20 years. Their environmental, … Read More

Binding renewable energy target – legislative proposals must now deliver !

In October 2014, 28 EU Heads of State agreed that a binding target for renewables should be set at EU level to meet their collective climate and energy ambition. Since then, the European Parliament has consistently backed a binding renewable energy target for 2030, most recently in June 2016. The post-2020 renewable energy directive must act as a spine for … Read More

09/05/16 Letter to DG AGRI. on the inclusion of miscanthus in greening legislation

On Monday 9th, 2016, AEBIOM together with nine key stakeholders, sent a letter to the European Commission (DG AGRI) to include Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus) in the list of elements to be qualified as areas under the CAP’s Ecological Focus Area (EFA) : “The undersigned organisations welcome the Commission´s efforts to simplify the CAP rules, especially the initiative to examine the greening … Read More

02/03/16 | Open Letter to the European Council and Environment Council supported by 70 companies and business organizations

Brussels, 2 March 2016 Dear President Tusk, Dear Minister Schultz Van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus, The European Union (EU) played a key role in making the Paris Agreement a cornerstone of global commitment to tackle the negative impact that climate change could have on our economies and societies. The EU must now reflect in a coherent way such an ambitious and binding … Read More