9 November 2009

Plans by oil company Eni to develop tar sands and oil palm in the Congo Basin risk irreversible damage to biodiversity, local communities and our climate, and break the company's own guidelines, according to Congolese human rights organisations and their international partners. In a report published today, Energy Futures? Eni's Investments in tar sands and palm oil in the Congo Basin, the groups argue that given their potential for local harm and their huge carbon footprint, such investments should be considered too high risk for Eni or any other energy company [1].

1 September 2009

Brussels, 1 September 2009 – The "Coolproducts for a Cool Planet" NGO coalition [1] welcomes the beginning of the phase-out process for incandescent lightbulbs [2], which starts today in all EU countries for lamps above 100W and ends in 2012 with lower wattage lamps. Incandescent lightbulbs are the least efficient way to produce light. Banning them is expected to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 16 million tonnes in 2020, which equals the emissions of 5 million passenger cars. The ban was decided by the European Union in 2009 under the Ecodesign of Energy-Using Products Directive.

13 July 2009

Brussels, Munich, July 13, 2009 - Energy Union is a pan-European campaign tour with the objective of empowering young people and policy makers in Europe to take action against climate change. Energy Union promotes "Intelligent Energy": the potential of renewable energy, energy-conscious behaviour and the need for changes at the political level.[1] Over the next two years the Energy Union tour will visit 12 countries across Europe with a live audio visual show from Coldcut, an interactive exhibition using the "Gridio" system, and political panel discussions.[2]

1 April 2009

Brussels, 1 April – European environmental NGOs (EEB, Inforse-Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Natuur en Milieu and ECOS) welcome this week's vote by Member States on energy efficiency measures under the Ecodesign of Energy-Using Products (EuP) Directive [1] but fear the level of ambition is insufficient in a time of climate crisis. In addition, EU officials have rushed through a rather confusing revision of the format for the Energy Label for household appliances which will now corrupt the simple A-G system that is currently in place and widely recognised throughout Europe. [2]

12 March 2009

Brussels, 12 March – Environmental organisations are urging Europe not to agree weak energy efficiency measures and confusing changes to energy labels for key appliances this week.

2 December 2008

Brussels, 2 December 2008 - Commenting on the agreement reached last night by European decision-makers on a new regulation on cars and CO2, Jeroen Verhoeven, car efficiency campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:

25 November 2008

Brussels, 25 November 2008 - With accelerated spending of EU regional aid billions expected to feature in tomorrow's economic recovery plan announced by the European Commission, CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) are calling for substantial increases in EU spending on energy efficiency and renewable energy to be put on the fast-track by the Commission.

20 October 2008

Brussels, 20 October 2008 - Environmental NGOs have today accused the EU Environment Ministers of supporting old-fashioned, inefficient and wasteful industries at the expense of those that innovate and create new jobs. During the discussion on the EU climate and energy package, ministers are also watering down the emission reduction proposal for non-industrial sectors, undermining the best chance to help European households suffering from high energy bills.

25 September 2008

Brussels, 25 September 2008 - MEPs in the European Parliament today voted to make carmakers play a much greater role in tackling climate change and rejected car industry attempts to weaken proposed legislation on the fuel efficiency of new cars.

1 September 2008

Brussels, 1 September 2008 - Members of the European Parliament this evening voted to delay proposals to force carmakers to reduce the fuel consumption of new cars, despite overwhelming public support for more fuel efficient vehicles.

The Industry Committee of the European Parliament voting in Brussels bent to pressure from the car industry and opted to delay a target of 120g CO2/km - equivalent to reducing fuel consumption by a quarter - by three years, from 2012 until 2015.

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