The EU Bioenergy land footprint

28 May 2014

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined, will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, this new research reveals.

The analysis by Vienna University of Economics and Business for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe's consumption of crops and wood for transport fuel, heating and electricity (collectively termed bioenergy) is set to double by 2030, exerting unparalleled and unsustainable new pressures on the world's land and forests. Wood for heating and electricity alone will require nearly 40% of all Europe's productive forest area by 2030, if it were all to be sourced within the European Union.

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