SOTEU highlights the Green Deal

On 13 September Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivered her annual State of the European union Speech (SOTEU). During the speech she reaffirmed her compromise with the Green Deal but did not single out bioenergy at any point. You can read or watch her speech in full here.

REDIII Trilogue Agreement Adopted in EP

Following a debate on 12 September, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Trilogue agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive (REDIII) by a vote of 470 votes in favour, 120 against and 40 abstentions. Now that the Parliament has adopted a position at the first reading, the legislation moves to the Council for approval. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann

REDIII Plenary Debate

The European Parliament has scheduled a debate for 12 September on the Renewable Energy Directive (REDIII) with a vote expected afterwards during the same Plenary sitting. The Parliament will be voting on the agreement reached in the trilogues and no additional changes are expected. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.

Biofuel and Biogas Methodology published in OJ

New Rules have been published in the Official Journal by the European Commission establishing a methodology for determining the share of biofuels and biogas for transport which are produced from biomass which are processed in a common process with fossil fuels.

UK publishes its Biomass Strategy

On 10 August, the UK Government published its Biomass Strategy 2023, which sets out the role sustainable biomass can play in reaching net zero, what the government is doing to enable that objective, and where further action is needed. Among others, the Strategy reaffirms the UK Government’s support and commitment to BECCS as a critical component for reaching net zero.

2023 EU Bioenergy Days campaign is on!

The EU Bioenergy Days launched on 1 August, but we are still open for contributions to the upcoming Member States! This year, we are collecting success stories under the theme “Getting rid of fossil fuels” to feature the diverse use of bioenergy at an individual, residential, local, or national level. We need you to share stories on the significance of our sector for energy security and independence from fossil fuels. Please send your success story (text around 500 words + pictures; optional: video material, factsheets, etc.) to Clara Puig De Torres-Solanot

No majority for Nature Restoration

against in the ENVI committee – meaning that there was no majority in favour of the text. Having failed to adopt a report, the ENVI Committee will table a motion to reject the Commission proposal. It is very uncertain if the law will survive the plenary vote (likely scheduled for 11-13 July). For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.

Science Based Targets Initiative Consultation

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has launched a new public consultation for their upcoming Beyond Value Chain Mitigation guidance. This guidance will focus on “action to mitigate emissions outside company value chains, such as purchasing high-quality, jurisdictional REDD+ credits or investing in direct air capture”. The public consultation includes a survey and is open until 30 July.