From data-driven debunking of industry myths to cutting edge analysis of critical policy issues, PFPI research publications have shaped debates and empowered communities on the ground to take the fight against polluting corporations and complicit governments.

Find all of our reports and major correspondences below!

Burning up the carbon sink: How the EU’s forest biomass policy undermines climate mitigation, and how it can be reformed

Using government data, this report reveals that the EU is losing its forest and land carbon sinks at an alarming rate, and …
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Future on Fire: How the EU Burns Trees in the Name of Renewable Energy

Despite claims to only use sawdust and waste wood, the biomass industry has wreaked havoc on European forests. Released by …
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Why the EU’s plan for climate neutrality by 2050 will likely fail

An analysis of the modeling underpinning key EU climate legislation finds that EU’s plan for achieving “climate neutrality” by 2050 …
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Paper Tiger: Why the EU’s RED II biomass sustainability criteria fail forests and the climate

This report provides a detailed explanation of why the EU’s protections fall far short of what is needed to deliver …
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Ohio’s Secret Fracking Chemicals

With mapping and data analysis from FracTracker Alliance, pinpoints Eastern Ohio gas wells that have been injected with undisclosed fracking …
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Bio-Beware: Petition to SEC to Crack Down on Biomass Climate Claims

Formal petition asking US SEC for a rulemaking to regulate the claims companies are allowed to make about biogenic climate …
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The Bioenergy Boom From the Federal Stimulus: Outcomes and Lesson

This report analyzes the fate of 25 biomass power plants across the U.S. that received at least $10 million dollars …
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Keystone Secrets

This report analyzes secret fracking chemical use in over 2,500 of Pennsylvania’s unconventional gas wells. Reports on the EPA’s lax …
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Not carbon neutral: Assessing the net emissions impact of residues burned for bioenergy

Accompanied by a video abstract, this peer-reviewed article by Dr. Mary Booth published in Environmental Research Letters assesses net CO2 emissions from forestry residues, which …
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Maine Biomass Report

Maine Biomass Report

Documents the history of the biomass energy sector in Maine and reveals that ratepayers and taxpayers had paid out over …
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Toxic Secrets

This report discloses how the EPA regularly approved new chemicals for drilling and fracking, despite the EPA itself documenting health …
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Carbon Emissions and Climate Change Disclosure by the Wood Pellet Industry: A Report to the SEC on Enviva Partners LP

Report to US SEC on misleading claims and failure to disclose material information by US-based Enviva, the biggest wood pellet …
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Pollution from Pennsylvania’s Biomass Energy Sector: Resources for Citizen Involvement

Documents that biomass burners at schools and businesses are as polluting as industrial facilities, while receiving over $69 million in …
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Climate of Deception: Why Electricity Consumers Who Care About Global Warming and Air Pollution Need FTC Protection from Biomass Industry Greenwashing

Climate of Deception: Why Electricity Consumers Who Care About Global Warming and Air Pollution Need FTC Protection from Biomass Industry …
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Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal

This report describes loopholes in federal policy that exempt biomass plants from regulation, and synthesizes data from 88 air pollution …
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Analysis of Risks and Corporate Disclosures Regarding Environmental and Climate Considerations in the Biomass Power Sector

Report to US SEC on bioenergy greenwashing by US companies Dominion, Covanta, and Southern Co. 
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Burning Money: Biomass Gasification and the DOE Loan Guarantee Program

PFPI reviewed 3,000 pages of previously undisclosed documents from the U.S. Department of Energy and found that a proposed “green” …
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Biomass Energy in Pennsylvania: Implications for Air Quality, Carbon Emissions, and Forests

This report covers PA policies on biomass energy and surveys then-current and proposed facilities in the state. 
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Clearcut Disaster: Carbon Loophole Threatens U.S. Forests

Demonstrates that emissions reductions promised under the Waxman Markey bill consisted largely of replacing coal with wood and not counting …
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