EU ETS and EED Upcoming Votes

The EU ETS final report will be voted in plenary on 7 June. The text deletes the 95% threshold as advocated by Bioenergy Europe. The EED vote instead, is likely to be postponed to July or after the summer holidays. For more information, please contact Ennio Prizzi.

EU Green Week Partner Events

Between 30 May and 5 June, the 2022 edition of the EU Green Week is taking place in Brussels and across the EU. More than 270 partner events, including one from Bioenergy Europe, are organised within the Green Week. A detailed list of all events can be found here.


Following the release of the REPowerEU plan by the European Commission last week, Bioenergy Europe has published a press release stressing that even though bioenergy is acknowledged as the main renewable source in the EU, the plan lacks clear targets and additional measures to enhance the further deployment of our sector. For more information, please contact Irene di Padua.

REDIV on Permitting

The European Commission has released a proposal (REDIV) to amend the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD), and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) in order to speed up the permitting process for renewable energy projects. To do this, REDIV creates a new definition of a ’renewables go-to area’. Once again, “biomass combustion plants” are explicitly excluded from this definition and its application in Article 16a “Permit-granting process in renewables go-to areas”. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.

Update on CEO Letter

Bioenergy Europe sent an open letter to President Von der Leyen, Vice-President Timmermans and other high-level EU representatives, urging them to properly include bioenergy in the REPowerEU Communication. The letter has been signed by more than 518 CEOs and high-level representatives from the bioenergy value-chain. The strategy is expected to be published on 18 May and according to a leaked draft version bioenergy is now included. However, no specific target was mentioned. For more information, please contact Irene di Padua.

SGS supports Bioenergy Europe Statistical Reports 2022

SGS is one of the leading testing, inspection and certification companies, enabling organizations to ensure sustainable operations and compliance throughout the life cycle, while enhancing productivity, quality and consumer trust. For them, monitoring the evolving bioenergy market is essential to invest in the right areas and best support their customers build a sustainable industry, fit for the future: we thank SGS for supporting our Statistical Reports 2022!
Should you be interested in supporting our Statistical Reports, please contact Corinna Sala.

AGRI Committee Meeting

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee met on 20 April to vote on the REDIII opinion and to discuss the New EU Forest Strategy (see full agenda). Much of the discussion focused on the multifunctionality of forests and the subsidiarity principle (video broadcast). A committee vote is expected on 12 July and the Council has already released its Conclusions on the New EU Forest Strategy back in November. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.