Europe's burgeoning movement of communities who own and are active in running renewable energy resources is gaining power, a conference in Brussels heard this week.
The event – 'Community energy across Europe – making it happen' – brought together energy cooperative members, politicians, policy makers, renewable energy industry representatives and climate change campaigners to take stock of their success to date and plan for the future.
Friends of the Earth Europe is today calling on the European Parliament to reject Miguel Arias Cañete as the new EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy.
The call comes ahead of a vote this evening by MEPs on the parliament's environment and industry committees.
The European Commission today decided that the UK's funding of Électricité de France (EdF) to build Hinkley Point C, a nuclear power station in Somerset, was not in breach of state aid rules.
The European Parliament tonight voted to approve Miguel Arias Cañete as the new EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy in what Friends of the Earth Europe has described as a victory for polluting industry and vested interests.
Members of the Parliament's environment and industry committees voted to approve Mr Cañete's appointment as the EU's top civil servant for climate change in a secret ballot.
MEPs voted against another Commissioner-designate – Alenka Bratušek – who was named as Commissioner and Vice-President for Energy Union.
Miguel Arias Cañete, the Spanish politician nominated as the new EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy, faced tough questioning from MEPs in his parliamentary hearing this evening.
Ahead of his hearing Friends of the Earth Europe revealed fresh evidence about his links to the oil industry and his long history of conflicts of interest, and there was growing public opposition to his appointment.
This October, European leaders will be setting Europe's climate and energy targets for the next sixteen years. The targets proposed so far by the European Commission (30%) are disappointingly low and seriously unambitious. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for three, binding, ambitious targets.
One such target is energy efficiency. Below, we looked at how these targets impact the climate, economy, employment and energy security, using the European Commission's official projections.
Yesterday's climate summit in New York was a historic moment with 400 000 people demanding climate justice on the streets outside, more than 2 800 events organised by citizens in 166 countries worldwide, and 120 heads of state agreeing to action on climate change. Yet real action from the European Union – amongst others – was curiously missing.
European Commission President Barroso indicated that the EU is set to continue its business as usual approach to meeting its climate responsibilities, with EU climate targets for 2030 set to be agreed in October.
Days before the biggest-ever meeting of world leaders gather for climate talks in New York hundreds of thousands marched around the world to demand climate justice, standing with climate and dirty energy-affected communities worldwide.
However, Friends of the Earth Europe is concerned that the September 23 'talk shop' will only see leaders fiddling with flimsy pledges instead of setting the groundwork for an ambitious international climate agreement
The line-up of new European Commissioners nominated to be the European Union's most senior civil servants for the next five years was announced yesterday.
A leaked European Union document published today by the Washington Post exposes the dangerous direction the trade deal between the U.S. and the EU is taking when it comes to raw material and energy.