Concerted lobbying from Europe's dirtiest industries has resulted in the gutting of EU climate and energy proposals, it has emerged today.
All across Europe a patchwork of community and citizen run renewable energy projects have sprung up, putting people at the heart of the renewable energy production in many parts of the continent. These projects are as diverse as the communities themselves and they range from large wind developments in Denmark to solar arrays on a university roof in Spain.
The sale of a substantial stake in the Danish state-owned power company, DONG Energy, to the U.S. based investment bank Goldman Sachs sets a discouraging tone for the country's fledgling climate law, according to NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark.
The sale of 19% of DONG Energy to Goldman Sachs was opposed by nearly 70% of the Danish population, and led to the departure of the Socialist People's Party (SPP) from the coalition government. The deal threatens Denmark's green incentives, giving Goldman Sachs's primary interest in profits influence over Danish energy politics.
Friends of the Earth Europe has today criticized the close public ties between the European Commission and big business, as senior EU representatives were out in force for a conference of lobby group BusinessEurope.
EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso gave the opening speech at the BusinessEurope 'Industry Matters' event dedicated to industrial policy, energy and trade. Commissioners de Gucht, Tajani and Oettinger are also giving keynote speeches at the event.
EU plans to tackle climate change by the year 2030, announced in Brussels today, have been heavily criticized by environment group Friends of the Earth Europe.
The policies proposed by the European Commission disregard climate science which makes it clear the need to drastically cut emissions to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming is getting more urgent all the time.
This Friday (November 29) a crucial meeting will take place in Brussels which is likely to determine the fate of the EU's controversial biofuels policy.
The meeting between all EU ambassadors will aim to reach an agreement on how to reform Europe's failing biofuels policy, which Europe's energy ministers will then 'rubber stamp' when they vote on December 12.
One of the dirtiest international climate talks on record draws to a close in Warsaw, with little progress towards tackling climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Eight hundred climate activists – including Friends of the Earth – walked out of the international climate talks in Warsaw on Thursday, in protest at the lack of ambition, and in solidarity with people affected by climate change.
One day before the scheduled conclusion of the international climate talks in Warsaw, hundreds of climate activists – including Friends of the Earth – have walked out in protest at the lack of ambition at the talks, and in solidarity with people affected by climate change.
Friends of the Earth Europe called on politicians to keep dirty energy out of the international climate talks in Warsaw, and for urgent action to respond to a planetary emergency. Dirty energy sources have no role to play in a fair, clean and safe energy future, according to the organisation.
The decision by the Polish government to host the world coal summit at the same time as the international climate negotiations was met with protest today in Warsaw. Activists and campaigners from the European, International and youth networks of Friends of the Earth participated in a day of action against coal – telling decision-makers to kick coal and other dirty energy out of the climate talks in Warsaw.