A burnt clear-cut in Sweden. Photo: Private.

The Guardian: Burning forests for energy isn’t ‘renewable’ – now the EU must admit it

Protect the Forest, Fridays for Future Sweden, Europe Beyond Burning, Sámi activists and other NGOs write in the Guardian (September 5, 2022): The EU’s classification of wood fuels is accelerating the climate crisis. Next week, a key vote can change that. Next week the future of many of the world’s forests will be decided when

Twelve environmental organisations to the European Commission: Ministers ignore scientific evidence in their lobby letter to the Commission

In January, several ministers from various EU member states, including Sweden’s Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Khashayar Farmanbar, sent a letter to the European Commission about bioenergy’s role in order to mitigate climate change. Twelve environmental organisations from the same member states as the ministers are now sending an open letter stating that the burning of forest biomass should not be included in

The Swedish state-owned forest company Sveaskog has clear-cut a large forest area, important for Laitavaara Sámi reindeer district in the north of Sweden. Photo: Marcus Westberg.

Sweden’s unsustainable forestry exposed at forest program’s annual conference

Last week (on the 14th of February) the Swedish Forest Program’s annual conference took place. The conference gave stakeholders opportunities to reflect about Swedish forestry and how it is affected by the EU. Criticism is raised by Protect the Forest Sweden: ‘It is evident that Swedish forestry is not sustainable’.  Both the Swedish Minister for

Protect the Forest’s Lina Burnelius on COP26: “Do not listen to Sweden!”

Global attention tends to focus on the loss of tropical rainforests while the logging of carbon-rich primary and older forests in Canada, Russia and Sweden often is overlooked. Lina Burnelius, project leader and international coordinator at Protect the Forest, participated in a panel during the COP26 in Glasgow organized by Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC). 

NGOs and indigenous communities to the EU: Protect forests and remove forest biomass from Renewable Energy Directive

Today, on the International Day of Forests, 24 NGOs and 44 indigenous communities send an open letter to the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and call on them to unite behind the best available science and remove forest biomass from the Renewable Energy Directive. They are also urged to protect EU’s