21 May 2012

Friends of the Earth Europe celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. Throughout our 25th anniversary year we continued to work on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges which threaten global peace, equity and social justice.

This review contains highlights and successes from our campaigns in Brussels, and key successes from our 30 member groups across Europe. You will also find financial information, capacity building projects across the network, publications, and our aims for the year ahead.

8 February 2012

The next European budget (2014-2020) is being decided in troubled times but such difficult timing also constitutes an opportunity. If smartly used, the next budget can help Europe improve its economic stability and create more jobs while at the same time reducing its unsustainable ecological footprint. This study reveals that investing in green sectors brings about positive employment benefits.

12 January 2012

This report analyses the activities of 29 European banks, pension funds and insurance companies, including Deutsche Bank, Barclays, RBS, Allianz, BNP Paribas, AXA, HSBC, Generali, Allianz, Unicredit and Credit Agricole. It reveals the significant involvement of these financial institutions in food speculation, and the direct or indirect financing of land grabbing.

9 December 2011

This guide has been written to help Friends of the Earth groups, and other groups working on environmental and social issues, to understand how and when to engage with EU institutions, in order to make campaigning activities more effective.

1 December 2011

This map presents environmentally and socially harmful projects being supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds. It shows 33 harmful projects in Central and Eastern Europe with total costs of sixteen billion euros. The projects, which include highways passing through protected nature sites, waste incinerators and airports, are being paid for – or being considered for financial support in the future – by Cohesion Policy Funds in the current EU budget.

1 November 2011

This short briefing gives an overview of three investments in unconventional oil in Africa currently in prospect in the context of debates about the need to mitigate global environmental threats and ensure sustainable development.

1 November 2011

This research shows how Europe’s material consumption is threatening the world’s water supply and Europe is neglecting the catastrophic consequences that water stress and scarcity will have in the continent and in the rest of the world. Europe’s high levels of water use are characteristic of alarming levels of resource use by a minority of the global population. This imbalance in water use has already resulted in water conflicts in parts of the world where water is scarcest.

1 October 2011

Friends of the Earth Europe's and CEE Bankwatch Network's detailed recommendations for EU regional funds 2014-2020 aim to put Europe on a sustainable development path, urging the European Council and European Parliament, as well as national governments, to use these recommendations for Structural and Cohesion Funds to tackle climate change, stop biodiversity loss and reverse resource-overconsumption.

1 October 2011

New research commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe from Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) shows the scale of flows of ‘virtual land’ around the world – this is all the land that has been used to produce traded products. 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, contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, and negative social impacts like land-grabbing and land rights violations.

1 September 2011

The cheapest, cleanest and safest energy is that which a country doesn’t use. But, like any worthwhile venture, energy savings require upfront
financing and a supportive legislative framework. Here are ten bright ideas to deliver the energy savings we need.