Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
Brussels/Vienna, June 01 – People worried about the dangers of nuclear power will not be able to have their voices heard on a European level, after a European Citizens' Initiative to allow citizens to directly influence European energy policy was rejected yesterday by the European Commission.
'My voice against nuclear power', initiated by GLOBAL 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria and organised together with international partner organisations, was not accepted as a 'European Citizens' Initiative' – the new mechanism for improving direct democracy in the European Union.
Friends of Earth Croatia / Zelena akcija held a press conference outside the Croatian government building today, demanding that they put a stop to construction of the environmentally damaging and financially questionable Ombla hydroelectric power plant.
On the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe.
For many people the consequences of Chernobyl are still a reality, and nuclear power remains more than ever a threat to people and planet. But, resistance against nuclear power continues to grow across Europe, while genuine solutions, such as renewables and energy efficiency, gain ever more prominence.
Brussels/Berlin/London, February 2, 2012 – Motorists across Europe are set to pay an additional €18 billion a year for petrol and diesel as a result of EU biofuel targets that have been shown not to reduce emissions, says new research published today .
New figures, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and ActionAid , show that the planned increase in biofuels use could cost European consumers an extra €94 to €126 billion between now and 2020. This despite evidence that biofuels will actually make climate change worse and increase global hunger .
UK government plans to rush through cuts to solar tariff payments are illegal, the High Court ruled today, following a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth and two solar firms - Solarcentury and HomeSun.
The court agreed that proposals to cut feed-in tariff payments for any solar scheme completed after 12 December - 11 days before the official consultation closed - were unlawful.
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.
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe. Friends of the Earth Europe also stands with those still affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan – where the severity level of the nuclear crisis has been raised to maximum, on a par with Chernobyl.
Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the population of Japan and our colleagues at Friends of the Earth Japan, following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, and offer our sincerest sympathies and condolences to those who have lost loved ones. We remain concerned about the fate of the thousands still missing.
Brussels, 3 March - On the day that the European Commission launches its vision for 2020, its 'Europe 2020 strategy', a new report from CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe lays out how improved targeting of EU structural and cohesion billions for energy efficiency and renewables can get the EU – and particularly the new member states in the east – on track to meet and exceed emissions reduction targets for tackling climate change.