23 March 2016

This year the European Commission will propose a new energy efficiency target for 2030. A range of scenarios are being assessed, from 27% savings (the current target) to 40% (the European Parliament's choice).

The key question is, how high will the Commission go? This briefing makes a clear case for the highest possible target. If Europe is serious about tackling climate change, boosting energy security and creating jobs, then a 40% target is the only way forward.

11 March 2016

This briefing outlines how the construction of the “Struma motorway" through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, will have a devastating impact on a unique Bulgarian and European natural treasure.

Without urgent action, EU taxpayer funds could be used to finance a motorway development that would have devastating consequences for this wildlife haven and protected habitat – despite an EU demand to tunnel the road, and the existence of clear alternatives.

22 February 2016

In January, the Canadian company TransCanada announced its plan to sue the US government for more than US$15 billion under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – following the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: one of the most notorious and reviled proposed fossil fuel projects worldwide.

17 February 2016

The European Commission has proposed a new 'Investment Court System' to replace the current investor to state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other future investment deals.

The proposed new mechanism does not resolve the biggest problems with ISDS and would expand the reach of the system, increasing the risk of claims against the European Union.

26 January 2016

This new research shows that EU billions destined to transform the carbon-intensive, inefficient energy systems of central and eastern Europe (CEE) are being misspent. In nine CEE countries only 7 per cent of the 178 billion euros in European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds will be invested into renewables, energy efficiency and SMART grids, and the integration of climate considerations into all plans and projects – as required under EU law – remains superficial.

25 January 2016

The laws that protect nature across Europe – the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives (known as the 'nature directives') – are currently being reviewed by the European Union as part of the REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme) process. The review will continue until the end of 2016.

In this report, Friends of the Earth outlines its concerns that the EU may weaken these crucial laws that form the cornerstone of nature protection and restoration.

8 December 2015

A large number of forest fires have been discovered on Indonesian plantations owned by global palm oil companies Bumitama and Wilmar International. Despite new evidence that both companies violate their own ‘no deforestation’ policies, this report says major U.S. and European investors have not taken significant steps to address these problems.

3 December 2015

Europe must close its doors to tar sands if it is to avoid climate catastrophe, according to this joint European and Canadian report. Due to failed attempts by the European Union to discourage the use of tar sands with its Fuel Quality Directive, tar sands continue to arrive in Europe, with almost three quarters of Europe's oil refineries tar-sands-ready. Plans must be put in motion now to transition to 100% fossil-fuel-free in order to keep global warming below 2°C.

27 November 2015

This report explains how the European Union is aggressively pursuing special rights for businesses whilst hampering efforts to hold corporations responsible for the human rights violations they commit.

20 November 2015

A revision of the Birds and Habitats Directive could create a long period of legal uncertainty and further undo the fragile recovery of species and habitats in Europe, and jeopardise achieving the biodiversity strategy towards 2020. This report argues that the well-known root causes which slow the progress towards halting the loss of biodiversity should be tackled.

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