There's just three weeks until the public consultation on the European Commission's upcoming proposal for an EU policy on sustainable bioenergy from 2020 – 2030 closes! Open until 10 May 2016, now is the chance to have your say.
The consultation is part of the EU's climate and energy targets for 2030 which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to 2005 levels, improving energy efficiency by at least 27% and increasing the share of renewables in overall energy consumption to at least 27%.
In 2014, the Commission stated that it would propose an improved EU policy for sustainable bioenergy as part of its reviewed renewable energy directive, which will be tabled at the end of this year.
Bioenergy is made from organic material (known as biomass) like wood, crops and organic waste. It is the form of renewable energy most used in the EU. However, it isn't without controversy – concerns have been raised about its sustainability and the competition for resources it might create.
The Commission is now reviewing the sustainability of all bioenergy sources for the period from 2020. This includes greenhouse gas emissions across its lifecycle, impacts on forests and ecosystems and competition between energy, industrial use and food.
The public consultation closes on 10 May 2016.