"We shouldn't invest in energy efficiency because it's bad for economic growth", claims Markus Pieper, MEP. All right, he was speaking in German and maybe the EU Parliament's interpreters were having a tough day. But they can't have got it completely wrong. He did say saving energy is a bad thing.
How could anyone not wish to cut their energy bill? If like us you're struggling on a measly NGO salary you would jump at the chance of lower bills. So would everybody with a grain of common sense. It means more money for – for what actually? We asked around. If your energy bill was cut by €100 a month, what would you do with the money? Some said they would save it (that was the NGOs); others wanted to spend it in a fancy restaurant. Others (the expats) would hop on a high speed train and go see their folks. Another – our favourite – plumped for buying a dog.
It's a summer whodunit. The European Commission's Energy Efficiency Directive has been public since June 22. But why was the headline policy – an obligation on power companies to cut customers' energy use – so abruptly dropped from the final text?
A plan to reduce Europe's energy use unveiled in Brussels today will not make savings to the extent promised, or on the scale needed to fight climate change. That is the verdict of Friends of the Earth Europe – and the plan's own authors – on the Energy Efficiency Directive published by the European Commission.
Two important climate and energy papers were released today by the European Commission in Brussels amid criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe.
The environmental group argues that the proposals for how Europe might tackle climate change over the next 40 years show the EU is effectively abandoning its pledge to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Ministers met today in Brussels for the EU Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council. Energy efficiency was a priority subject on the agenda.
Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for a binding target to drive down Europe's energy consumption. Without stronger action the environment group is concerned that energy savings will remain a voluntary policy that European countries have so far largely ignored.
European Ministers meeting on Monday (February 21) are being urged to reform Europe's spending to ensure it supports a green economy.
CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe are calling on member states to commit to spending more of the billions of Euros of structural funds for new member states on energy savings and other green measures. The call follows warnings in a European Commission report that insufficient Structural and Cohesion Funds are being used for energy savings and environmental programmes.
European Heads of State meeting today in Brussels for a special energy summit must show support for a binding target to drive down energy consumption, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. Without stronger action the environmental group is concerned that energy savings will remain a voluntary policy that European countries have largely ignored.
European Heads of State met today in Brussels for a special energy summit. Priority subjects on the agenda were energy efficiency, security of imports and an integrated internal energy market.
Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for a binding target to drive down Europe's energy consumption. Without stronger action the environmental group is concerned that energy savings will remain a voluntary policy that European countries have largely ignored.
Brussels, January 26 – The scale of the challenge posed by Europe's unsustainable use of the world's natural resources has been acknowledged today by the European Commission. Lawmakers in Brussels published an initiative outlining how Europe plans to tackle its resource use which affects global resource prices, natural ecosystems and people – particularly the poor – across the world.