23 March 2016

This year the European Commission will propose a new energy efficiency target for 2030. A range of scenarios are being assessed, from 27% savings (the current target) to 40% (the European Parliament's choice).

The key question is, how high will the Commission go? This briefing makes a clear case for the highest possible target. If Europe is serious about tackling climate change, boosting energy security and creating jobs, then a 40% target is the only way forward.

17 November 2015

This briefing outlines the main reasons that we must prioritise efficiency and renewables over gas. To fight climate change it is vital to intensify efforts to save energy, switch to renewables and end the reign of fossil ful companies. This includes the gas lobby which is doing all it can to delay the energy transition. 

The briefing explains why:

9 November 2015

Following the revelations and wider implications of the dieselgate emissions scandal, European organisations sent this open letter to the Presidents of the European Institutions calling for EU action to protect citizens from air pollution and the manipulative and fraudulent behaviour of carmakers.

2 November 2015

One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups issued this statement criticising the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and the Health & Environment Alliance said that this had been “a lost year” for environmental protection.

28 May 2014

New research by the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe’s consumption of bioenergy is exerting unparalleled and
unsustainable new pressures on the world’s land and forests.


With demand for bioenergy (crops and wood used for transport fuel, heating and electricity) set to more than double between now and 2030, Europe will require an area of land and
forest the size of Sweden and Poland combined to meet our bioenergy needs.

19 March 2014

This briefing shows how fossil fuel and heavy industry interests used their privileged access, huge financial resources and insider influence to convince EU decision-makers to sacrifice ambitious climate action for 2030. 

It uses information gained from Freedom of Information requests to show just how close Europe’s dirtiest industries are to senior politicians and regulators and what influence this is having on the EU’s official climate change policy. 

Produced with Corporate Europe Observatory. 

1 December 2013

By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to clean energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly
and with added benefits. This briefing explores the many benefits of community energy: for the climate, for the people and communities involved in owning or running their own energy production, and for society as a whole.

1 December 2013

We need to drastically cut our emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. This means burning less fossil fuels. All over Europe communities and citizens are already taking control of their energy future and producing community-owned clean, renewable energy.

These community energy projects create lots of added benefits for the communities involved, from reduced fuels bills, to stronger community pride and of course knowing they are part of reducing global emissions.

2 July 2013

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU are currently considering reforms that could change the course of biofuels policy – by ensuring that only biofuels that "help achieving substantial emission cuts, do not directly compete with food and are more sustainable at the same time" are promoted.

However, a new analysis by Searchinger shows that the proposal being debated does not deliver this.

26 June 2013

This short briefing spells out the disconnect between climate science and EU action. The European Union has often repeated its commitment to limiting global warming to 2°C yet EU leaders are assuming a 50/50 chance of overshooting the 2°C limit.

It includes recommendations for getting EU climate and energy policies to measure up to the scale of the problem.

 

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