The EBRD must stay away from the unsustainable conversion of Tuzla’s coal plant and prioritise renewables in the district heating sector
November 9, 2022
This briefing offers an overview of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) ongoing assessment of whether to grant a EUR 50 million loan in order to replace unit 3 of the Tuzla coal plant with a waste and biomass incineration syst
Red flags over plans to swap coal for biomass and waste incineration in Tuzla
September 8, 2022
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s energy utility Elektroprivreda BiH are signing today an agreement formalizing the Bank’s commitment to consider financial support for a particularly questionable energy project in Tuzla. But the public is barely aware of what this risky investment could bring to local communities.
Kovačević: Zamjena uglja šumskom biomasom za grijanje je opasna zelena iluzija
July 22, 2022
Kako je energetska tranzicija uveliko u toku, a kraj ere uglja jasno na vidiku, grijanje na biomasu postepeno postaje favorit za vlade na …
Bankwatch Network: Енергията от отпадъци наравно с енергия от възобновяеми източници крие рискове в Директивата за енергийна ефективност
June 22, 2022
Енергията от отпадъци да е взаимозаменяема с енергията от възобновяеми източници крие рискове в Директивата за енергийна ефективност. Това …
Estonia is beginning to see the cost of wood pellets. Is North Carolina next?
December 2, 2019
Turning ancient forests into wood pellets is putting the country’s tourism and climate commitments at risk. Estonia is beginning to see the cost of wood pellets. Is North Carolina next?
A false solution to a real problem?
June 14, 2019
New research by Bankwatch shows energy and climate plans (NECPs) in 7 CEE countries over-rely on unsustainable biomass to reach their renewable energy objectives.
Analysis of biomass in NECPs
June 14, 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 biomass. The majority of these countries plan logging an
Slovakia’s EU presidency: a chance to improve European biomass regulations
May 30, 2016
In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.
Slovakia’s EU funds spending plans: finance for the energy transition – where’s it at?
February 5, 2016
Slovakia has missed the opportunity to use the EUR 14 billion of Cohesion spending to transform its largely monopolistic, heavily state influenced energy economy with its high dependence on imported fossil fuels and high carbon intensity.
EU funds spending plans in Hungary: the dark side is in the details
February 2, 2016
Hungary allocates a relatively high amount of EU Funds to energy but an in-depth analysis shows a lack of direct, non-refundable support in renovation of residential buildings, significant finance for burning instead of preventing waste and potentially unsustainable use of biomass.