According to Dr Mary S Booth, burning wood for energy emit more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal. File photograph: iStock

Classifying forest biomass as a renewable fuel “fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive”, according to plaintiffs (...)

Emissions build-up: In 1992, the EU proposed a tax on emissions which would have risen over time. If it had been introduced as planned, emissions would be much lower than they are now. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

A decade ago, as part of its commitment to tackling the problem of global warming, the European Union introduced a scheme to force a reduction in emis(...)