There is an emerging realisation that soil, and linked land use and management challenges, are fundamental to achieve sustainable development including in the areas of fighting against hunger, protecting life on land, moving to more responsible consumption and production, ensuring clean water and sanitation and addressing climate change. Addressing soil protection issues is fundamentally interconnected with our ability to deliver multiple societal needs, and the time to act is now.
Senior Policy Analyst
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7799 2244
- EU institutional development,
- environmental assessment and evaluation,
- climate change
Since joining IEEP in 2002 Catherine has developed a detailed knowledge of European institutional processes, their dynamic with Member State policy making and third countries. With an environmental science and technology background, Catherine works across a wide range of energy and climate-related including approaches to delivering sustainable and renewable energy supplies, and the role of waste and other bioresources in our future energy mix. In recent years she has more specifically been focusing on the assessment of bioenergy and its uses in the EU having provided analysis for NGOs, the European Commission, European Parliament, national government departments and regulators on policy implications and implementation issues. More generally she has worked on monitoring and verification within EU policymaking, analysis of land management issues with a specific focus on soil protection and conservation, and the future of EU waste and resource use policy.
Ensuring the carbon sustainability of bioenergy requires a new approach in EU policy. This IEEP report spells out a different pathway to the one proposed by the European Commission in the recently released “winter package”.
On 30th November, the European Commission published a “Winter package” of policy proposals, including for bioenergy in the form of a revised Renewable Energy Directive. Although encouraging to answer the many requests for policy certainty, a number of key questions about the right and most appropriate approach to deliver sustainable bioenergy still remain and need further scrutiny.
Understanding the consequences of increased biomass demand for energy on the environment is central to the development of future policy on renewable energy in Europe. This study seeks to help answer this need by modelling different levels of biomass demand for energy and the consequences for land use and forest based industries.
Improving the resource efficient use of wood through cascading the resource from one use to another, requires action throughout the wood flow. Current efforts focus on recovering and re-using waste wood but more could be done with the production and utilisation of wood processing residues and improving the balancing between the material and energy use of wood.