30 November 2013

This paper, from Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch, assesses the progress, or otherwise, of environmental mainstreaming within Cohesion Policy programming in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

21 November 2013

This report is the result of an investigation into two of the world’s leading distributors of palm oil. It documents the illegal logging of land near protected forests in Indonesia by Bumitama Agri Group. The illegal activities include irregular permits, the encroachment on land which is home to endangered orangutans, and illegal clearing and landgrabbing.

4 November 2013

This study by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute for Friends of the Earth Europe looks at the impacts of Europe's 'land 'footprint'. Land is a limited global resource and changes in Europe's consumption of land are felt around the globe. 

9 September 2013

This study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for Friends of the Earth Europe finds that Europe’s drivers are being forced to fill their tanks with increasing amounts of palm oil, with reliance on the controversial biofuel set to rise even further.

According to the data, palm oil use has increased much more than predicted and now stands at 20% of the biodiesel mix. The EU consumes 40% more palm oil (for food, fuel and cosmetics) today compared to 6 years ago, despite continual warnings about the unsustainability of palm oil expansion. 

18 July 2013

This new report explores whether, a year before parliamentary elections, the risk of conflicts of interest (still) exists among those MEPs currently serving as elected representatives. The report examines the cases of individual MEPs who risk potential conflicts of interest. The findings suggest that clear risks of potential conflicts of interest remain, despite the introduction of a new ethics code for MEPs in January 2012. 

30 June 2013

In May 2014 people in 28 countries across Europe will get the chance to vote for the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who will represent them in European Union decision making. This briefing explains what MEPs do, what powers they have, how the European Parliament works, and why anyone who cares about the local, national and global environment be interested in these elections. 


26 June 2013

This short briefing spells out the disconnect between climate science and EU action. The European Union has often repeated its commitment to limiting global warming to 2°C yet EU leaders are assuming a 50/50 chance of overshooting the 2°C limit.

It includes recommendations for getting EU climate and energy policies to measure up to the scale of the problem.


13 June 2013

Glyphosate is the world's best-selling weed killer and one of the most widely used herbicides in Europe. It is crucial for growing genetically modified (GM) crops, many of which are modified to withstand glyphosate.

Concerns surround the safety of glyphosate particularly about its effect on human health, particularly on the hormone system, and its impact on the wider environment. 

31 May 2013

Our Annual Review of 2012 focuses on the Friends of the Earth Europe network, and brings the voices of eight individuals involved with our work across Europe. It also celebrates five years of Young Friends of the Earth Europe, our youth-led, grassroots network.

You will find highlights from our campaigns in Brussels, and key successes from our 31 member groups across Europe, alongside financial information and our aims for the year ahead.

22 May 2013

These two factsheets show that shale gas is not the economic miracle heralded by its proponents. Using figures from key industry sources and economic experts, these documents show that shale gas could at best only represent 2-3% of the European gas demand in 2030 and could be up to three times more expensive to develop compared to the US.