Last week, the French Presidency of the Council hosted informal meetings for energy and environmental ministers to discuss a range of topics, including “The role of forests and the wood sector in environmental, energy and climate policies”. The negotiations on the LULUCF regulation and REDIII in particular were part of the discussions. Ministers in general agreed that forest carbon sinks will play a major role in achieving climate neutrality, that recycling and energy recovery of biomass wastes should be improved, and that the cascading principle is important and should be applied with proper judgement. Generally, a joint approach of both energy and environmental ministries was seen as a steppingstone to get out of a “silo approach”.
On 19 January, a letter was sent on behalf of 10 Member States addressed to the Council Presidency and Minister Pompili of France (Minister of Ecological Transition) saying that it is “too early to revise bioenergy sustainability provisions”. The letter, led by Sweden, was also signed by Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.
During the last meeting of the WG Sustainability on 20 January, updates on the Draft Report and Opinions for LULUCF and REDIII and Bioenergy Europe’s outreach activities to decision makers were presented. Further, the Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles was presented by a representative of the European Commission. The slides can be found here. For more information, please contact Giulia Cancian.
On Monday, Bioenergy Europe hosted an event where the Deloitte Report Towards an Integrated Energy System: Assessing Bioenergy’s Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact was released. The unveiling of the report was followed by a roundtable discussion including MEP Nils Torvalds and Catharina Sikow-Magny from the European Commission (DG ENER). The report is available on Bioenergy Europe’s website. For more information, please contact Claudio Caferri.