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There’s a huge flaw in the EU’s draft net-zero carbon emissions plan

The European Union’s plan to achieve climate neutrality could lead to more deforestation because it ignores what happens when more land is used to produce bioenergy

Environment 1 April 2022

2CCPWCA Viru bog study trail in Lahemaa National Park, estonia

Viru Bog in Lahemaa National Park, Estonia. Peat bogs are an important carbon store

Karl Allen Lugmayer/Alamy

If land is used to grow plants for bioenergy, it can’t be used to grow food or carbon-storing forests, nor can it provide a habitat for wildlife. The European Union’s proposed plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions fails to take account of this, meaning it could have unintended and undesirable consequences, such as increasing global deforestation and reducing biodiversity, according to a new analysis.

“The plans assume that converting land to energy use has no cost, which is pretty amazing given the …