The Court of Justice of the European Union has received an application to exclude wood biomass as a renewable energy source.

At the moment, forest biomass is the largest renewable source in the EU, accounting for about 60% of the EU’s green energy mix.

The authors of the proposal to remove biomass from the group of renewable sources argue that the burning of forest biomass is incompatible with Article 191 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, according to which EU environmental policy should contribute to the protection and improvement of the environment and the fight against climate change.

The European Commission estimates that the use of biomass in the EU energy sector has increased by almost 70% between 2005 and 2016 and is expected to continue to grow.