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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Policy brief on EU bioenergy policies published

The rationale of bioenergy production is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. However, bioenergy production can have negative consequences on the capacity of ecosystems to provide other services such as climate regulation, nutrient buffering, recreation and soil quality. The new OpenNESS policy brief 'EU bioenergy policies at the crossroad' defends the argument that policies advancing bioenergy use should be developed based on an understanding of the potential trade-offs between ecosystem services. It uses OpenNESS case studies focusing on bioenergy production in different countries as practical examples. Read more »

Photo: Typical rill erosion observed on a sloping maize field in Central Germany. © Daniel Wurbs, geoflux GbR Germany