Silvia joined IEEP in July 2014 as a Policy Analyst after completing a six-month internship in the Agriculture and Land Management Programme. Silvia holds a LLM in International and EU Environmental Law from the University of Edinburgh (UK), with a special focus on climate change and renewable energy. She also holds BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna (Italy). Before joining the Institute, Silvia worked on EU marine biodiversity and fisheries at ClientEarth in London. At IEEP, she is involved in a range of projects focusing on bioenergy, land use, and climate change.
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.