Scientist Letter regarding the need for climate smart forest management

Over 550 scientists have signed a letter addressing to the presidents of the three main European institutions, alerting them of the deteriorating state of European forests and calling for climate-smart forestry practices – including wood harvesting for bioenergy – to consolidate their resilience to global warming.
The letter highlights the important role that woody biomass from sustainably managed forests can play in climate change mitigation, delivering a fossil fuel-free energy future, and maintaining healthy forests.
“With proper forest management the use of wood for energy is a co-product of harvest and of the processing of wood for products. The use of wood for energy can substitute fossil energy and is a significant part of climate protection policy in all European countries” the scientists write, saying there are sufficient volumes of by-products such as tree tops, residues and recycled wood available to secure renewable energy supply.

This initiative is in line with the action of the ETIP Bioenergy Platform in supporting the use of forest biomass for energy purposes. A high number among the signatories are involved in the ETIP Bioenergy Platform at various levels.

Read the full letter

Map of National Bioenergy Projects

This interactive map represents an overview of ongoing and recently finished nationally funded projects, where the country is a member of the Implementation Working Group for SET Plan Action 8 - Renewable Fuels and Bioenergy (IWG8). It was built on the base of data collected and published in Deliverable 1.1 (Appendix 1), with the aim to improve the accessibility of results through an integrate visualisation.

Projects are browsable by filters: country, name and value chain. Research results are displayed on the map and in the side table, which provides all detailed information available on each project. Selection by country can also be made by clicking directly on the corresponding area on the map.

This map is a work in progress, and it is expected to be updated and implemented along with further database development.

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The SET4BIO project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 884524