24 April 2018

Facts and figures about renewables in Europe.

Revealing the dramatic advance of renewable energy and the future shape of energy in Europe, the 'Energy Atlas' shows how technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable. It is published with the European Renewable Energies Federation, Green European Foundation (GEF), and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

17 April 2018

It's crunch time for EU energy policy.

As negotiations on new laws governing our energy future until 2030 pick up speed, it's time to look at what this will mean for people and planet. In this briefing, we outline the way forward for an energy transition that would benefit all, moving away from fossil fuels, protecting workers' livelihoods, tackling energy poverty, and unleashing the potential of people-owned renewable projects. The only question is: will EU Member States choose this path?

12 April 2018

Recently Europe has seen unprecedented opposition to free trade agreements such as TTIP and CETA. Central to these protests were concerns that these new trade and investment agreements would have harmful impacts on food quality, consumers’ rights, farmers, producers’ income, as well as wider negative impacts on jobs and working conditions in the food sector.

10 April 2018

A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe's growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it, according this study prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy for Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe.

The report is accompanied by a series of factsheets that clarify some of the problems with – and solutions to – plastic food packaging, covering:

9 April 2018

Many rules governing trade and investment today hinder efforts to achieve more sustainable economies. We urgently need a new trade regime which can help address global challenges and tackle problems like accelerating climate change, a broken agricultural model and loss of trust in democratic processes, rather than aggravating them. In this unprecedentedly comprehensive paper, Friends of the Earth Europe is presenting concrete proposals for an innovative trade agenda that serves citizens and the environment.

27 March 2018

To revert the current ecological overshoot and build a sustainable society, we have to collectively engage in changing our economic model.

7 December 2017

A spectacular nature haven in southwestern Bulgaria, home to twice as many butterfly species as the whole of the UK and protected by EU nature laws, is under threat from an EU-funded motorway from Sofia to Greece. This briefing analyses the disastrous impacts the motorway would have on local nature and communities, highlights viable alternative routes which would mitigate impacts on both, and calls on the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to reroute the project.

24 November 2017

Ten reasons why the EU’s proposal for a Multilateral Investment Court doesn’t fix a fundamentally flawed system

The European Commission is planning to establish a so-called Multilateral Investment Court (MIC), a new international court where corporations can sue governments for laws and regulations that harm their profits.

24 November 2017

At the beginning of 2017 the European Commission conducted a public consultation on the proposed Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). This briefing scrutnises the public consultation and finds that the scope, questions and methodology were highly inadequate and prevented a broad range of stakeholders from expressing their views and that the Commission misrepresented the consultation results, alleging much higher support for the MIC than was actually provided by respondents.

7 November 2017

Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned a team of climate change scientists to determine how much gas Europe can afford to use in its future energy mix.

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