This new briefing from the Biomass Action Network (BAN) draws attention to the unacceptable acceleration of burning wood together with coal as a so-called form of abatement of fossil fuel emissions. The majority of this wood comes directly from forests. As Parties from the UNFCCC wrap up in Bonn this week and formulate their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC 3.0), plans that state how each country commits to decrease their emissions, they must not include this controversial new interpretation of ‘abatement’.

The major decision of Climate COP28 in Dubai is the Global Stocktake which agreed to set out an energy transition package (paragraph 28) and also emphasised the importance of conserving, protecting and restoring nature and ecosystems towards achieving the Paris Agreement temperature goal, including through enhanced efforts towards halting and reversing deforestation and forest degradation by 2030 (paragraph 33). Paragraph 28(b) calls on the Parties to accelerate efforts towards the phase-down of unabated coal power. This must be in context with parallel efforts to protect and restore forests as a synergistic response to the climate and biodiversity crises.

Co-firing forest biomass with coal is NOT abatement. Read our briefing here.