The Eickhout paradox: How to reach 45% RES target while jeopardising source?
Material supplied by Fanny-Pomme Langue, Policy Director, European Biomass Association. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
uropean Union inter- institutional discussions on solid bioenergy sustainabil- ity have now begun with the publication of the European Parliament’s first draft report. The ENVI committee is leading discus- sions on the harmonised, binding criteria proposed last November by the Commission, with Mr Eickhout (Greens/EFA) of The Netherlands as rapporteur.
Following the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement, it is crucial for the EU’s credibility that words and actions go hand in hand. However, Mr Eickhout’s report is an initial and vibrant counter example, according to AE- BIOM Secretary-General Jean-Marc Jossart, “How can the EU reach a (welcomed) 45% RES target
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while at the same time jeopardis- ing its main source of renewable energy?”
Following Mr Eickhout’s recom- mendations would simply result in the decrease of bioenergy’s contribution to the EU energy mix. Bioenergy currently represents 60% of all renewable energy consumption in Europe, 95% of
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which is produced within the EU! Among others, extending the scope of implementation of EU bioenergy sustainability rules to installations between one and 20 MW would translate into addi- tional burdens for thousands of small and medium size operators across Europe, while deterring the development of hundreds of local projects. Indeed, installa- tions between one and 20 MW represent more than 80% of the total number of installations above 1 MW capacity in Europe, but only about 25% of the wood volume consumed. “A 1 MW threshold is just the opposite of proportional and effective,” continued Jossart. The establishment of a list of the types of wood waste and residues considered sustainable
and defined arbitrarily is another example showing that this report ignores the multi-faceted ground reality of the forest industry. This will be totally counter-productive as it will limit the opportunities for forest-owners to better manage their forests thanks to additional sources of income.
“Overall, this report ignores the role that bioenergy can play to reach climate and energy objec- tives while delivering the utmost socio-economic benefits sought in rural areas. At such a critical time, the European Parliament should avoid playing with fire,” concluded Jossart.
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