Jean-Marc Jossart and Seth Ginther write this week in Euractiv and recall how in June 2018, the European Commission, Parliament and Council reached a deal cementing Europe’s position as a world leader in the fight against climate change for the next decade by formulating the Energy Directive (RED II). Jean-Marc Jossart is the secretary general at Bioenergy Europe and Seth Ginther is the executive director at U.S. Industrial Pellet Association.
This is hard-won achievement they believe which is now under threat by a last-ditch effort to cripple the legislation even before it’s implemented. They emphasis in the article that this is unfortunate development is at a time when the EU is poised to advance its most ambitious climate goals ever.
As a central legislative tool, RED II establishes an overall policy for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU. It was adopted after years of stakeholder consultations, scientific debates and evidence collection. After intensive Member State negotiations, a democratic agreement was ultimately hammered out based on the strongest arguments and most credible scientific data. It produced one of the most stringent set of sustainability criteria for solid biomass ever formulated by any political institution.
The most critical phase of implementation for RED II is starting now. The European Commission must provide guidance to allow for clarity during this phase, member states must transpose the directive into national law and economic operators must implement the criteria.
There is much at stake here says both contributors – Jean Marc and Seth, Bioenergy Europe, IrBEA and many other agencies are urging policymakers and implementers not to be distracted by short-sited claims from uninformed sources. Losing sustainable bioenergy would jeopardise the EU’s ability to meet new goals under RED II and its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Read the full article on EURACTIV here