Brussels, 22 November 2011 – The EU's emissions trading system has fundamental flaws and is failing to deliver the carbon cuts needed, campaigners told a debate in Brussels today ahead of the start of UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa.
Member of the European Parliament, Bas Eickhout (Green), warned the debate that industry lobbying was damaging the EU's position on climate change. He accused BusinessEurope of failing to represent the views of its members who are calling for tougher targets.
Austria has become the latest country in Europe to adopt a climate law.
Friends of the Earth Austria/Global 2000 has been campaigning for a climate law through its SOS Klima campaign (the name of the Big Ask in Austria). Global 2000 says that the bill passed by the Austrian parliament today, although step in the right direction, is disappointingly weak. Big questions remain over how the law will be implemented and these could either weaken or strengthen the legislation.
The Environmental Law Service (ELS), a partner organization of Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, has launched a Climate Law Database, which provides information about climate change legislation, both existing and proposed, and gives access to a wide range of related materials.
With its legal know-how ELS wants to contribute to the creation of a legal environment that leads to a systematic decrease of greenhouse gas emissions, along with the development of renewable energy sources.
Friends of the Earth Denmark's Big Ask campaign has received a major boost following the new Danish government's commitment to pass a climate law.
Brussels/Berlin/Hamburg, July 15, 2011 – Lufthansa launches its first controversial bio-fuelled flight today, amidst outcry from green groups . Fuelling aeroplanes with biofuels presents Lufthansa and the aviation industry with a convenient smokescreen, greenwashing their image, facilitating the airline industry's expansion plans and diverting political attention from the real need to cut air travel in order to tackle climate change .
Brussels, July 5, 2011 – European politicians are courting climate chaos, and ignoring the economic benefits of ambitious climate action, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The criticism comes following a vote in European Parliament today rejecting a move to 30% emissions reductions by 2020. This comes two weeks after Poland prevented the Environment Council from adopting proposals for more ambitious climate targets for 2020 and up to 2050.
The Finnish Big Ask campaign has reached a major milestone with the new coalition government agreeing to prepare a proposal on a climate law.
After long and tough negotiations following elections in April, a coalition government with six parties has been formed. The Greens, the Left Alliance and the Social Democrats have all stated that a climate change law is one of the most important legislative projects of the next electoral period.
Brussels, June 21, 2011 – Poland, holders of the EU's next Council presidency, blocked any progress in climate discussions at today's Environment Council. Poland refuses to step up to a 25% domestic emission reductions by 2020 in Europe as suggested by Commissioner Hedegaard in March . Earlier in the day, environment ministers failed to provide financial support to prevent biodiversity loss.
Brussels/Paris, June 20, 2011 – European airlines fuelling aeroplanes with biofuels is greenwashing, and flies in the face of recommendations from major international institutions, Friends of the Earth Europe said today on the opening day of the Paris air show, Le Bourget.
Bonn, June 17 – Today members of the youth organisation BUNDJugend (Young Friends of the Earth Germany) organized a spoof street party in front of the Maritim hotel, where UN climate talks have been taking place over the past two weeks. With music, dancing and a "40-percent" cake, 40 young people celebrated the announcement of a critical European pledge of 40% carbon emission reductions by 2020, without offsetting.