The European Union’s plan to achieve climate neutrality could lead to more deforestation because it ignores what happens when more land is used to produce bioenergy
1 April 2022
If land is used to grow plants for bioenergy, it can’t be used to grow food or carbon-storing forests, nor can it provide a habitat for wildlife. The European Union’s proposed plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions fails to take account of this, meaning it could have unintended and undesirable consequences, such as increasing global deforestation and reducing biodiversity, according to a new analysis.
“The plans assume that converting land to energy use has no cost, which is pretty amazing given the …