7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts, according to this new report.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted in the EU through renewable energy policies and a specific Bioeconomy Strategy, and is likely to be included in future legislation on plastics and packaging.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted by the EU, governments and industry, with the promised benefit of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, this can come at a high environmental and social price. Friends of the Earth Europe outline their policy positions on the bioeconomy in this briefing.

29 November 2016

This short briefing shows how ambitious energy savings targets can save lives, tackle energy poverty and boost climate action. In Juncker's own words: "A binding 30% objective for energy
efficiency by 2030 is to me the minimum if we want to be credible".

 

21 November 2016

This short briefing shows how ambitious energy savings targets can save 225,000 lives across the EU - and lead to huge savings on health and pollution control costs.

10 November 2016

After European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan commited to investing in promoting meat consumption in Europe and promoting European beef in foreign markets, Friends of the Earth Europe and eleven other organisations urged him to reconsider – given that promoting meat consumption is in direct contradiction with the European Union's objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

10 November 2016

Our open letter to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, expressing concerns regarding his commitment to invest in promoting meat consumption in Europe and promoting European beef in foreign markets. The letter was co-signed with Slow Food, the European Environmental Bureau, Compassion in World Farming, Eat Better, Humane Society International, Greenpeace EU, SAFE, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Eurogroup for Animals and Friends of the Earth Europe.

2 November 2016

This short briefing demonstrates how energy efficiency can improve people's lives, with two case studies from Lithuania and the Netherlands.

21 October 2016

There is no doubt that eliminating hunger worldwide is one of humanity’s greatest challenges in the 21st century. However, there are radically divergent visions for how to achieve this goal. Many people equate “feeding the world” with the need to produce more food, but in reality the problem is one of unequal and wasteful distribution.

21 October 2016

Contribution to the UN on transnational corporations with respect to human rights, for their second session, 24–28 October 2016, on three core elements of a future treaty.

20 October 2016

How boosting energy efficiency in Bulgaria can lift people out of energy poverty, while cutting energy use and boosting quality of life.

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