Europe’s Environment Ministers met yesterday in Brussels with three of Europe’s, and the world’s, most pressing environmental challenges on the agenda – biodiversity, resource-use and climate change. On all three fronts, their responses are inadequate to address the scale of these global challenges, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
Plans by the Canadian company Gabriel Resources to develop a gold mine in Rosia Montana, in Romania are being challenged by local campaign groups with the support of the Friends of the Earth Europe network.
A campaign has been running against the project for almost a decade, and although the environmental impact assessment process was suspended five years ago, the government has recently shown support for the project which is opposed by environmental groups.
Europe imports huge amounts of resources; but exactly how much, and at what cost? Is Europe consuming natural resources responsibly; or irresponsibly over-consuming, without consideration of the impacts?
10:00 – 11:00 Europe's land dependency and its impacts
Stephan Lutter – Researcher, Sustainable Europe Research Institute
Anders Dahlbeck – European Campaign Coordinator, ActionAid
9:40 – 10:30 Opening – How responsible is Europe's resource consumption?
Jacqueline McGlade – Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Brussels, November 3, 2011 – Europe's material consumption is threatening the world's water supply, according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Sustainable Europe Research Institute. 
The findings come with a warning that Europe is neglecting the catastrophic consequences that water stress and scarcity will have in Europe and in the rest of the world, and with a call to governments to start measuring Europe's overall water and material use.
Brussels, October 10, 2011 – Europe's 'land footprint' is one of the largest in the world, and the continent is more dependent on land from outside its borders than any other, new research published today reveals. 
Brussels, September 20, 2011 – A plan unveiled today to tackle Europe's dependency on imported resources does not go far enough to end the region's over-consumption of the world's water, land and other materials.
The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe  acknowledges that major increases in Europe's resource efficiency are needed to compensate for growing competition for the world's resources. However, it is vague about how this transformation is going to happen, leaving most of the substance for future policy processes.
Friends of the Earth Scotland has been upping its efforts to raise the profile of the threat of big biomass developments. Scotland has the most ambitious renewable energy target in Europe of 100% renewable energy by 2020. But as part of efforts to reach that target, the government is heavily subsidising big biomass projects which rely on importing the vast majority of wood from overseas. This threatens the world's forest supplies and undermines the government's commitment to sourcing renewable energy and sustainably locally.
Brussels, January 26 – The scale of the challenge posed by Europe's unsustainable use of the world's natural resources has been acknowledged today by the European Commission. Lawmakers in Brussels published an initiative outlining how Europe plans to tackle its resource use which affects global resource prices, natural ecosystems and people – particularly the poor – across the world.