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German forests will be used much more as energy sources in the future


German forests will be used much more as energy sources in the future
Germany is the EU`s richest country in forest and wood. According to European Commision plans, German forests are meant to be used much more as energy sources in the future. EURACTIV Germany reports. One-third of Germany consists of forests. Every year, it relieves the atmosphere of 120 million tons of carbon dioxide. This corresponds to 14 percent of German greenhouse gas emissions.

But the forest is not only an oxygen supplier, water filter, carbon dioxide storage and habitat; it is also an economic factor. According to the German government, in 2014, around 125,000 German companies in the wood and timber industry generated sales of 178 billion.

With a revised version of the Renewable Energy Directive, the Commission wants to allow the exploitation of timber to produce renewable energy. Environmental organizations and German climate researchers warn against it. The Commission proposal would call for the timber industry to plant forests in order to then burn them industrially.

According to climate researchers, the exact opposite is recommended, because with this the environmental impact is increased and climate change is accelerated. When burning wood, more carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour would be emitted than during coal combustion.


Source article: https://www.euractiv.com
February 16, 2018