15 May 2017

This review introduces our impact in 2016. You'll find highlights from our campaigns at the European level, the activities of our youth network, our inspiring School of Sustainability project, and success stories from our member groups across Europe. In addition you'll find special features on our two big victories in 2016: putting the EU-US 'Trojan' trade deal on hold, and saving nature laws in Brussels, and nature across Europe. You will also find detailed financial information.

14 May 2017

There are many benefits to community and cooperative ownership of renewable energy. This briefing highlights four of the main benefits, and three examples of successful projects in Belgium, Scotland and England. It calls for a stronger definition for a 'renewable energy community' in the European Commission's Clean Energy package, and encourages access to financial support schemes for renewable energy communities.

11 May 2017

The depth of gas industry infiltration into European decision-making on energy policy is revealed in this report. The report outlines the role of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) in defining the future of Europe's energy policy – a group established by the European Commission but made up exclusively of gas industry interests, including major gas and oil companies such as Engie, Enagas and OMV.

27 March 2017

The proposed mergers of Bayer with Monsanto, Dow with DuPont, and ChemChina with Syngenta threaten European farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

21 March 2017

This review of available evidence shows that failing to provide access to nature to deprived communities could entrench health inequality.

According to a growing body of evidence, health inequalities are linked to access to nature and access to nature is vital for good mental and physical health at all ages.

It points to a strong link between lack of access to nature areas and poor health outcomes and inequality. It associates nature deprivation with higher obesity levels, mental health problems, and mortality rates.

20 March 2017

S2B position on the European Commission proposal for a multilateral investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism


Globalisation is at a dangerous crossroads. One path leads to stronger protection for human rights and the environment and to regained policy-space for
governments to address climate change, inequality and other pressing issues of our times. The other leads to more rights for corporations to bully decision-makers

24 February 2017

This report shows that the European Parliament's inquiry into 'Dieselgate' has revealed problems with emission tests far beyond Volkswagen's use of illegal defeat devices. It exposes a culture of looking the other way: the European Commission and Member States turned a blind-eye to industry-wide abuse of the system for emission regulation, and, in fact, even invited the car industry to shape the regulatory agenda and its enforcement. As a result, cities across the European Union are left choking, as toxic traffic fumes have led to an air pollution crisis.

20 December 2016

Across the world people are already being hit hard by climate change. Some communities are being evacuated to avoid the rising oceans, while droughts and record-breaking floods made worse by climate change are devastating the lives of people across the planet. 2015 was the warmest year on record and saw global sea levels reach their highest since records began.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts, according to this new report.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted in the EU through renewable energy policies and a specific Bioeconomy Strategy, and is likely to be included in future legislation on plastics and packaging.

21 October 2016

There is no doubt that eliminating hunger worldwide is one of humanity’s greatest challenges in the 21st century. However, there are radically divergent visions for how to achieve this goal. Many people equate “feeding the world” with the need to produce more food, but in reality the problem is one of unequal and wasteful distribution.

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