Today the European Parliament confirmed in plenary the approach taken by the ENVI committee, considering that ensuring sustainability of solid bioenergy for the decade to come is key and should be addressed in a realistic and proportionate way.
The Parliament confirmed and improved the approach of the Commission to guarantee sustainability of bioenergy consumed in the EU for the period 2021-2030. This approach will ensure that woody biomass contributes to CO2 emissions savings compared to fossil fuels and originates from sustainably managed forests, thanks to the risk assessment process.
“This approach will allow solid biomass to keep playing a key role in the European energy transition while providing coherent and realistic sustainability safeguards. Regardless, the bioenergy sector will have to remain cautious in trilogue on critical attempts such as cascading principle,” confirmed Jean-Marc Jossart, AEBIOM Secretary-General.
The approach taken by the European Parliament is generally coherent with the Council’s and Commission’s position. AEBIOM has now good hopes that a smooth and coherent trilogue process will take place on this specific bioenergy sustainability file.