14.09.2020: EMA VASTUS NEPCONILE: BIOENERGEETIKA LOBISTID EI SOBI METSARAIE SÄÄSTLIKKUST SERTIFITSEERIMA

Kodanikuühendus Eesti Metsa Abiks (EMA) avaldas täna vastuse NEPConi tegevjuhi Peter Feilbergi kommentaarile 313 eestlase biomassiteemalisele kirjale. Vastuses mõistetakse hukka NEPConi seisukoht, et Eesti metsanduses suuremaid probleeme ei esine ja vastatakse Feilbergi avalduse igale punktile argumentidega, mis toetuvad teadustöödele või eksperthinnangutele. Lõpetuseks kutsub EMA kõiki sertifitseerimisskeemide väljastajaid üles NEPConiga ärisuhteid katkestama.

EMA vastuses toetutakse Euroopa  Akadeemiate Nõukogu avaldusele, mis biomassi praeguseid toetusskeeme „perversseteks“ nimetab, hiljuti ajakirjas „Nature“ avaldatud teadustööle, mis Eestit kõige kiiremini intensiivistuva raiega riigina näitab, mitmetele Euroopa Komisjoni raportitele, mis kritiseerivad kogu Euroopa ala metsamajanduse mittesäästlikkust, Riigikontrolli avaldustele ja Eestimaa Looduse Fondi hinnangule Eesti päritolu pelletitootmishiiu Graanul Investi vastavusest Verification Protocol for Sustainable Solid Biomass SDE-le.


Vastuse täistekst eesti keeles: http://eestimetsaabiks.emaliikumine.ee/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AVALDUS-NEPCONI-TEGEVDIREKTORI-PETER-FEILBERGI-KOMMENTAARILE-313-EESTLASE-TAANI-BIOMASSI-PUUDUTAVALE-KIRJA-KOHTA.pdf
Vastuse täistekst inglise keeles: http://eestimetsaabiks.emaliikumine.ee/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/STATEMENT-REGARDING-NEPCON.pdf Vastus videokujul: https://youtu.be/nYmDETp9APk

Rahvusvaheline pressiteade:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

Civil association Estonian Forest Aid calls for certification schemes to sever ties with NEPCon over their views on sustainable forestry and biomass

Contacts:

Martin Luiga, Estonian Forest Aid +372-56711615 (Estonia)

The civil association Estonian Forest Aid calls for all certification schemes to sever ties with NEPCon following a response [1] by its Executive Director, Peter Feilberg, to an Open Letter by 313 Estonians to the Danes [2] which highlighted the Danish part in Estonian forest overuse and called upon the Danes to cancel all incentives that encourage imported biomass use. Feilberg’s response denied there are any serious problems with Estonia’s forest management, failing to address any points raised by the original letter.

Estonian Forest Aid’s response [3] refutes all points made by Feilberg, basing its answers on EU Commission reports, Estonian State Audit Office statements, scientific studies and an expert assessment by the Estonian Fund for Nature, concluding that NEPCon must be biased and therefore unfit to offer sustainability certification services. They call upon all certification providers to sever business ties with them to show they are serious about science and sustainability.

“Certification schemes are necessary, but it has to be made certain that their neutrality is not compromised,” said Martin Luiga, the international cooperation specialist at Estonian Forest Aid. “We have been having difficulties with NEPCon’s local branch as well – they let the state forest manager off the hook far too easily, many important FSC criteria are disregarded without an explanation.”

In Estonia, the public debate over forest use dubbed ‘forest war’ has gone on for four years and the Vice President of the European Parliament has promised [4] to overview the EU’s biomass regulation at the start of the decade. The biomass industry is however doing all in its power to prevent losing their source of revenue.

Notes:

[1] NEPCon: Criticism of biomass imports from Estonia is unfounded

[2] 313 Estonians: LETTER TO THE DANES ON THEIR PART IN THE OVERUSE OF ESTONIAN FORESTS

[3] Estonian Forest Aid: STATEMENT REGARDING NEPCON’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PETER FEILBERG’S RESPONSE TO 313 ESTONIANS’ LETTER TO THE DANES ON THEIR USE OF BIOMASS (On video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYmDETp9APk&feature=youtu.be

[4] COP25: EU officials say biomass burning policy to come under critical review, Justin Catanoso, Mongabay, 12/16/2019

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