Analysis of biomass in NECPs
Briefing | 14 June 2019
This publication analyses the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) in Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia and these countries’ measures to support forms of wood
The majority of these countries plan logging and the use of biomass above sustainable levels.
There is a worrying trend of replacing coal with other unsustainable and often non-renewable fuels, such as unsustainable biomass, gas and/or municipal waste. Energy efficiency measures need to be applied as top priority and several countries, such as Czechia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia should explore options to unlock possibilities for other renewable energy sources (RES) to protect their ecosystems and the climate from excessive use of biomass. Spending billions of Euros from theModernisation Fund needs to be properly planned to secure a sustainable energy transformation.
Finally, member states need to apply strong sustainability criteria for support of solid biomass from public finance, such as renewable energy subsidy schemes, EU funds, the Modernisation Fund, etc. The European Commission should not approve any support for biomass projects that do not meet sustainability criteria.