1 May 2010

Highlights of Friends of the Earth Europe's campaigns in Brussels, key successes from our 31 member groups across Europe. Also contains financial information, capacity building projects across the network, publications, and our aims for the year ahead.

1 May 2010

The global development of tar sands will magnify the climate crisis and damage the EU’s environment and development objectives, this report warns. It reveals that investment by European oil companies – such as BP, Shell, Total and ENI – is expanding with developments around the world including in the Republic of Congo, Venezuela, Madagascar, Russia, Jordan and Egypt, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate and local communities.

1 April 2010

Europe is using ever more of the world’s resources, and is now more dependent on imported resources than any other global region. Yet we’re also throwing away over 5 billion euros worth of valuable resources
every year.

Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on the European Union to take the first steps to tackle this issue by ensuring that it measures resource use and adopts policies to increase resource efficiency, such as higher recycling targets. The EU should also devise long-term targets and strategies in order to reduce our use of the world’s resources.

1 April 2010

Written by some of the leading experts on lobbying transparency in Europe, this book provides an eye-opening insight into decision-making within the European Union – and offers a valuable guide to fighting for greater transparency and accountability.

1 April 2010

Based on an analysis of the entries of the 50 largest EU-based companies on the European Commission's lobby register, the report confirms that lobbying in Brussels by Europe's 50 largest companies is happening in secret despite attempts to secure transparency. The study points to unrealistic registration details in the Commission register and unfeasibly low budgets for lobbying in Europe when compared to the US, as well as large discrepancies at a sector-specific level.

1 March 2010

This report reveals that the Malaysian showcase company IOI Group does not live up to its environmental promises in newly established plantations in the Ketapang district – the Indonesian part of Borneo. Glossy CSR policies, engagement in multi-stakeholder initiatives and the possession of certificates from the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil do not offer proof of IOI Group’s ‘green’ credentials. Instead, Europe’s increasing demand for palm oil in food and biofuels is leading to deforestation, breaches of environmental law and land conflicts in Asia.

1 March 2010

As this report on EU budget spending in central and eastern Europe shows, there is still a vast gap between intentions to achieve positive climate objectives and the actual use of available EU money. The findings in this report describe the ongoing failure in implementing the EU’s current climate objectives, which are still low in comparison with what the EU could and should be doing in order to stop climate change. What is missing is the integration of EU climate objectives in our everyday life.

1 March 2010

This report summarises some of the main problems witnessed with tar sands extraction in Canada and presents evidence about the impacts of tar sands extraction on local peoples’ health, land rights and livelihoods, as well as on the environment. It documents which UK banks are involved in providing financial backing for tar sands, how much money they are providing, and to which oil companies.

12 December 2009

A special one-off publication produced for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen with articles about Friends of the Earth's demands for climate justice, campaigns around the world, and testimonies.

1 December 2009

The majority of car advertisements are not complying with the EU Directive for fuel consumption and CO2 labeling. By analysing several case studies in 6 countries, the study gives recommendations to improve current directive implementation and future revisions.

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