Brussels, March 9th - Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed a tentative commitment by EU leaders to fighting climate change at the EU Spring Council today, but laments that the adopted steps are still too timid. Heads of States gave a modest boost to the uptake of renewable energies, but agreed that the EU should aim low on cutting greenhouse gases; and failed again to agree any concrete commitment towards reducing Europe's appalling waste of energy.
Brussels, March 6th - Friends of the Earth Europe has demanded that governments focus on the impending threat of climate change when they settle Europe's energy future at the EU Spring Council at the end of this week. As EU leaders agree on the energy Action Plan on Friday, hundreds of activists from fifteen countries across Europe will form a Giant EU Energy Flag right outside the meeting, demanding that governments "Stop Climate Change. Cut energy waste. Choose renewables."
February 20th, Brussels - The EU is heading for a double standard on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, warned Friends of the Earth Europe today after a meeting of Environment Ministers. Ministers reaffirmed the EU's commitment to build and expand on Kyoto to achieve absolute emission reductions by developed countries, going so far as to acknowledge that developed countries must reduce their emissions by 30% by 2020. But paradoxically, they suggested a unilateral target for the EU itself of only reducing emissions by 20% by 2020.
Brussels, 15 February - EU Energy Ministers have missed a chance to guide Europe out of its dirty energy trap, Friends of the Earth Europe warned today. In their contribution to the proposed EU energy "Action Plan", Ministers agreed to only weakly promote renewable energy and shied away from any concrete commitment to cut energy waste.
Strasbourg, 13 February - Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today backing waste prevention and recycling as the key elements for dealing with waste in Europe. The environmental groups also congratulated MEPs for rejecting a misguided proposal to 're-brand' incineration, which would have promoted transporting and burning waste .
Dr Michael Warhurst, Waste and Resources Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, said:
On Tuesday 13th/Wednesday 14th February, the European Parliament will vote in Strasbourg on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive. This directive is the umbrella law for all EU waste legislation. Positive improvements to the directive to boost recycling and waste prevention could hugely improve Europe's resource efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
1st February 2007, Brussels - In light of tomorrow's release of the latest, starkest findings on climate change, Friends of the Earth Europe has called for the EU to swap grand words with serious action to face up to the crisis. Next month, EU leaders must - at their annual Summit - set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy use.
Friday 26th January, Brussels - By neglecting the renewable energy sector, new EU entrants Romania and Bulgaria are missing huge opportunities for jobs, investment and energy independence, a joint report by local and European environmental groups revealed today . The research identifies weak legislation, insufficient funding into clean energy sources and long administrative procedures as the main barriers.
KUALA LUMPUR (MALAYSIA), LAGOS (NIGERIA), BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), January 18, 2007 - Commenting on today's publication by the biotech industry of their estimates of the area planted with genetically modified (GM) crops,
Brussels, 10 January 2007 - The European Commission's Energy Package, released today, is largely "good news for the dirty energy industry, bad news for people and the planet", according to Friends of the Earth Europe.