Friends of the Earth Europe, alongside other civil society groups, symbolically returned to the International climate talks today. The talks resumed in Bonn, Germany on Monday, the first session since a broad section of civil society walked out of the negotiations in Warsaw last year – in solidarity with those affected by climate change, and in protest over the corporate capture of the talks and the lack of ambition.
Leaders of the Group of seven (G7) countries must break their fossil fuel dependency, and invest in genuine solutions to energy security, like energy efficiency and community-owned renewables, demanded Friends of the Earth Europe today.
As international climate talks resume in Bonn today, two months after climate scientists warned of climate-change-related risks from extreme events, leaders of the G7 are meeting in Brussels to discuss topics including the Ukraine, climate and energy.
The European Business Summit kicks off today in Brussels – a two-day, €890-per-ticket gathering of industry executives and EU policy makers.
The EU and US must not exploit the Ukraine crisis to fast-track further fossil fuel development on both sides of the Atlantic, according to Friends of the Earth Europe and Friends of the Earth US. The call comes as the US Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU High Commissioner Catherine Ashton met today for an emergency EU-US energy council, just two days after the latest UN climate report warned of climate-change-related risks from extreme events, such as heat waves, extreme precipitation, and coastal flooding.
The European Union's 28 heads of state and government discussed climate and energy targets for 2030 for the first time at a summit in Brussels today. The options they are considering put dirty industry interests ahead of citizens and the planet and will not bring about the transition to the clean energy system urgently needed, reacted Friends of the Earth Europe.
Europe's plans for how to meet its energy needs in the next decade and beyond are dirty and dangerous, and serve big business profits more than ordinary people, campaigners are warning today.
A two day summit in Brussels today and tomorrow is the first time the European Union's 28 heads of state and government will discuss the '2030 package' of plans to tackle climate change and meet energy needs.
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.