Incoming policies will cause the European Union to harvest more wood, shift one-fifth of cropland to bioenergy and outsource deforestation, analysis shows.

The European Union is among the leading actors in the fight against climate change. While the EU is on the verge of implementing its ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 (Fit for 55), it is not without its critics. In particular, it is emphasized that the EU's support for bioenergy (accepting zero emissions) will lead to more wood harvesting and the allocation of about one-fifth of the cropland for bioenergy.  

This is what many people think. In a world where hunger has yet to be prevented, it would be unfair to redirect agricultural production from its original purpose of food to energy.

Photo from Brazil. Rainforests are being burned to produce soybeans.

What is Fit for 55? 

The Fit for 55 policy package is a set of proposals to review and update land legislation and implement new initiatives in the EU.

The Fit for 55 packages refers to the EU's target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. The proposed package aims to align EU legislation with the 2030 target.

Fit for 55 aims to provide a coherent and balanced framework to achieve the EU's climate goals;

  • Ensure a socially just transition.
  • Protect and strengthen the innovation and competitiveness of the EU industry, while ensuring a level playing field vis-à-vis third-country economic operators.
  • Support the EU's leading position in the global fight against climate change.


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