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Friday, May 21 • 10:00 - 11:15
Money to burn - tracking deforestation fuelled by EU’s renewable energy policies

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EU member states are expected to transition their energy supply to renewable sources. Biomass, and specifically wood pellets, has become the main source of renewable energy in the EU. In Estonia, the pellet industry, which heats the homes of thousands of Europeans, also drives deforestation in protected natural areas. Large-scale felling has disastrous consequences for both country’s biodiversity and block’s climate ambitions.

Join us to learn how the team behind the investigation combined different investigative methodologies - open source geospatial tools, close collaboration with scientists, on the ground reporting - to track the pellets from forest to furnace, follow the industry’s profits and map the deforestation and biodiversity loss in Estonia.

Money for Burn investigation was shortlisted for the European Press Prize.

Read their investigation HERE.

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Jelena Prtorić

Journalist, Arena for Journalism in Europe

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Piret Reiljan

Freelance investigative journalist
I'm an experienced business journalist, mainly been covering topics like business crime, corruption etc.
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Ties Gijzel

Partnership Developer, VPRO
I start cross-border collaborations for Argos, the VPRO's investigative journalism platform. Co-founder of Are We Europe, a platform for border breaking stories. Talk to me about cross-border investigations, pan-European journalism and solutions journalism.
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Hazel Sheffield

In 2020, Hazel co-ordinated the cross-border investigation Money to Burn, which revealed that Europe's renewable energy subsidies were inadvertently fuelling the destruction of ancient forests in Estonia. Today she is coordinating the education and training arm for Arena for Journalism... Read More →

Friday May 21, 2021 10:00 - 11:15 CEST