17 July 2014

This briefing demonstrates how corporate lobby groups are using trade threats, and particularly the EU-US trade talks as a vehicle to attack, weaken and delay important environmental regulation still in the making. The Fuel Quality Directive has already being delayed and potentially weakened threatening EU climate policies and an influx of tar sands to Europe.

23 June 2014

Following the entry into force in December 2013 of the legislation on EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Member States began elaborating their framework planning documents on EU regional development funding, namely Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, laying down investment strategies and plans for the next generation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

19 June 2014

This new research finds that, in a new frontier for shale gas, big energy companies such as Chevron, Shell and Total are 'heading south' to drill in Argentina, including in protected natural areas. This dash for unconventional fossil fuels is taking place at the expense of the interests of local communities, workers and the environment.

28 May 2014

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined, will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, this new research reveals.

26 May 2014

The Friends of the Earth Europe network was invaluable in championing the message of social and environmental justice in 2013. This report introduces some of these achievements, from the Friends of the Earth Europe office, our member groups across the continent, and our youth network, alongside financial records and some more in-depth coverage of some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

22 May 2014

New research from Friends of the Earth in Indonesia, Liberia, Uganda and Nigeria, shows how Wilmar International, one of the world's largest palm oil traders, continue their abusive practices of deforestation and land-grabbing, despite promises to stop.

20 May 2014

This report with the Centre for Research on Multinational Companies (SOMO) looks at the role of Switzerland in Royal Dutch Shell’s corporate structure and tax planning. Between 2001 and 2005 the Dutch-British oil multinational set up a range of subsidiaries in Switzerland, although these entities are not involved in any productive activities.

28 March 2014

Bumitama Agri Ltd is a palm oil producer in Indonesia, and supplies palm oil to one of the largest global traders in palm oil, Wilmar International. Despite numerous promises to clean up its act, Bumitama continues to produce illegal palm oil, with financial support from well-known European banks including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank.

This factsheet porovides new satellite imagery and transcripts that show Bumitama continue to clear land despite their promises – bringing illegal palm oil into the supply chain with devastating environmental and social impacts.

 

28 March 2014

Our relationship with food and the way in which we farm is under increasing pressure. Extreme weather events, a changing climate and a growing population are putting the food sovereignty of communities at risk. At the same time health experts have raised serious questions about our modern diet.

19 March 2014

This briefing shows how fossil fuel and heavy industry interests used their privileged access, huge financial resources and insider influence to convince EU decision-makers to sacrifice ambitious climate action for 2030. 

It uses information gained from Freedom of Information requests to show just how close Europe’s dirtiest industries are to senior politicians and regulators and what influence this is having on the EU’s official climate change policy. 

Produced with Corporate Europe Observatory. 

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