European Commission consults on post-2020 bioenergy policy

A consultation on an updated EU policy on sustainable bioenergy for the period 2020-2030 closes next week on 10 May.

The European Commission is asking energy market participants and other stakeholders to respond to an online survey.

The Commission said it was looking at the sustainability of bioenergy and competition for resources as a result of increasing reliance on bioenergy production and use.

“The Commission is now reviewing the sustainability of all bioenergy sources and final uses for the period after 2020. Identified sustainability risks under examination include lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy production and use; impacts on the carbon stock of forests and other ecosystems; impacts on biodiversity, soil and water, and emissions to the air; indirect land use 2 ecosystems; impacts on biodiversity, soil and water, and emissions to the air; indirect land use change impacts; as well as impacts on the competition for the use of biomass between different sectors (energy, industrial uses, food),” it said.

You can read the full survey and respond here: Preparation of a sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020 (Read the PDF version)

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