10 July 2012

Two thirds of DG Enterprise's advisory groups are corporate-dominated - meaning industry experts and corporate lobbyists have effectively captured key areas of policy advice within the European Commission  according to this research carried out by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), and Friends of the Earth Europe.

3 July 2012

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in this critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.

6 June 2012

Europe could benefit from over €200 billion net savings per year through energy efficiency measures, according to this research commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe. The research – from Ecofys – concludes that for every Euro saved through reduced energy use, businesses and consumers save an additional Euro as energy efficiency measures drive down energy prices.

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.