The role of sustainable bioenergy in delivering the European Green Deal

(EurActiv, 6 Feb 2020) Fueled by the pressure of climate activists and global mass protests, EU decision-makers embraced an unprecedented focus on the climate emergency. This resulted in the principles laid down in the European Green Deal in late 2019. The rhetoric we witnessed in the last months is now giving way to concrete proposals to achieve Europe’s goal to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The actions being formulated today will design the framework in which we will operate for the next two decades and shape the Europe of tomorrow. If the EU wants to stand a chance to hit its climate and energy targets, it needs to invest in technology innovation and digitalization, while fully deploying the potential of existing renewable technologies to drive the transition.

Yet, the “urgency of the action” should still allow a sound assessment to be at the basis of EU decision making.  Short-sighted, ill-informed, and emotional rhetoric risks to pollute the public debate when it comes to the contribution of bioenergy in the transition of the EU economy towards a sustainable, inclusive and climate-friendly model.

In mid-2018 the talks between the European Parliament and EU member states on the renewable energy policy resulted in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), with at its core, the legally binding EU-wide target of 32% for renewable energy by 2030.

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EurActiv, 6 Feb 2020: The role of sustainable bioenergy in delivering the European Green Deal