They’re barking up the wrong tree. Nearly one-third of the EU is planning to phase out coal by 2030, but while wood-burning is counted as green energy in many climate policies — and subsidized accordingly — it actually releases more CO2 into the atmosphere than coal. Plus, powering the continent would require burning the equivalent of all the forests in Wales every year, OZY reports, so policymakers might want to start rethinking what's really renewable.
What’s the solution? Besides relying more on solar and wind energy, experts say it’s important to communicate the fact that burning biomass isn’t carbon neutral.