Plans to reduce Europe's waste and improve its air quality are being abandoned, the European Commission announced today with the release of its new work programme. Friends of the Earth Europe severely condemned the decision to drop what it saw as vital pieces of legislation to improve citizens' health, protect the environment and ensure that Europe's recovery is sustainable and responsible.
A leaked copy of the European Commission's workplan, due to be formally announced on Tuesday 16 December, has revealed plans to abandon proposed legislation to improve resource efficiency and air quality in Europe. The workplan sets out the priorities of the European Commission – the European Union's executive branch – for the next five years under its new president, Jean Claude Juncker.
“Doing what we been doing for the last 50 years is no longer an option.” That’s how Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe, expressed the urgency of changing our relationship with the Earth’s resources at a conference in Brussels today.
The European Parliament today voted to approve the new European Commission, marking the start of a new political phase for the European Union.
The Green 10 alliance of leading environmental organisations calls on President Juncker and his team of Commissioners to give European citizens, and their future generations, a healthy, inclusive and environmentally sound place to live.
On the 24th November, Friends of the Earth Europe will hold a conference at the North Rhine-Westphalian EU representation in Brussels to discuss the opportunities for a stronger role of resource efficiency in current European policy processes.
'Zero waste' is becoming a reality in Europe according to three case studies published today by the Zero Waste Europe network, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member.
The successful development and implementation of 'Zero waste' is set to inspire further communities, towns and cities to transform our relationship with resources and adopt zero waste goals.
A raft of measures which aims to make Europe use resources more wisely was announced in Brussels today. The proposals are insufficient, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, given the scale of Europe's resource wastage and its impacts on the rest of the world.
Human rights abuses and the destruction of the planet dominated discussions at a conference on Europe's role in the extraction of resources in Latin America on Sunday.
The event organised by Friends of the Earth Spain/Amigos de la Tierra España in Madrid brought together European and South American experts and activists.
Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, new research released today reveals.
A platform led by the European Commission to provide advice on how to reduce resource use in Europe, has not provided concrete steps towards achieving its goal, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Recommendations issued by the European Resource Efficiency Platform lack ambitious resource reduction targets, and are not in line with the European Commission's plans to reduce resource use in Europe by 2050.