As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development today closes the public consultation period on its upcoming energy strategy, a coalition of the largest ten European environmental organisations, the Green 10, is calling on the bank to phase out fossil fuels from its future lending, beginning with coal, and to rule out lending to risky energy sources, such as nuclear and shale gas.
The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report, published today, has confirmed the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis.
Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria has reacted to plans to fund nuclear power plants with European taxpayers money with a new petition.
The European Commission is preparing new state aid rules which would enable EU member states to grant subsidies to all energy forms designated as low carbon – including nuclear. This funding has until now been for investing in renewable energies
Friends of the Earth Finland continue to put pressure on the Finnish government to enact a strong and comprehensive climate law – to ensure Finland reduces carbon emissions, year on year, every year.
Campaign groups today called on the European Commission to withdraw financial and political support for the lifetime extension of Ukrainian nuclear facilities.
Friends of the Earth Europe and its Ukrainian member Zelenyi Svit, CEE Bankwatch Network and Greenpeace CEE want the Commission to withhold the granting of a €300 million loan to the Ukraine NPP Safety Upgrade Project which would prolong the life of reactors scheduled to close in 2020.
The Climbing for Climate Justice Everest expedition – organized by the Save the Himalayas Campaign and Khangri Media, in collaboration with Friends of the Earth Nepal / Pro Public successfully climbed Mount Everest to demand climate justice from the top of the world.
"This expedition aims to draw attention to the disastrous impacts that climate change is having on our precious ecosystems as well as local communities," said Prakash Mani Sharma, executive director of Friends of the Earth Nepal / Pro Public.
Brussels, March 27 - EU officials today published details of their planned approach to climate and energy policy until 2030. Friends of the Earth Europe has described the plans as ‘dangerously inadequate’ and particularly criticised the lack of legally binding targets to encourage more energy from renewables and more energy savings.
The European Commission’s strategy paper  indicates the executive’s clear support for a legally binding target for reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
To commemorate the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, Friends of the Earth Austria, Hungary and partner organisation "Sortir du nucleaire" formed a human chain of 20,000 activists in Paris today.
The Irish Government today published a Climate Action Bill which Friends of the Earth Ireland has described as, "like a compass with no needle".
Friends of the Earth Ireland says the bill is simply a rehash of the earlier Fianna Fáil / Green Party Bill but with all the targets taken out. The draft will now be passed to the environment committee which will consult stakeholders and report to government on how to improve it.
Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee voted today in favour of a proposal to delay the introduction of permits into the EU Emissions Trading System.
The proposal, referred to as ETS ‘backloading’, is designed to increase the carbon price and help make the scheme more effective in driving emissions reductions. But over-reliance on this failing scheme is a dangerous distraction from more effective action against climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.