The promotion of renewable energy production shall encourage sensible use of natural resources. Natural resources are limited and especially biomass such as wood has several uses.
Wood is used for many purposes
Modern forest industry produces variety of products made out of wood. Wood has many charasteristics that are utilized in the forest industry's processes.
There should be an efficiency principle for using natural resources and producing bio-energy. Adopting a principle analogous to the existing Waste Hierarchy would ensure efficient use of renewable resources and avoid the conflict between the use of biomass for industrial production and energy generation: first processing → second recycling → in the end of the lifespan energy generation.
All renewable (biomass, hydro and wind power, waste and geothermal energy) as well as emission-free energy sources, such as nuclear power, should be considered as possibilities when mitigating climate change.
In order to reach renewable energy targets the EU should promote forest management practices which promote harvesting and enable the usage of forest residues (branches, tops and stumps).
Promoting renewable energy shall not increase forest industry's costs as it its Finland's bio-energy driver
Emissions trading is an EU-wide steering mechanism that already promotes the use of renewable energy. The forest industry is by far the largest producer and consumer of renewable energy in Finland.
A little under half of the wood the industry uses is utilised in the generation of energy. Additionally, products manufactured out of wood can be recycled and burned to generate energy at the end of their lifecycle – most of which takes place outside Finland.
Safeguarding the raw material use of wood thus supports the goal of increasing the share of renewable energy.