27 February 2013

The European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year by 2020 providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target, this report shows.

The study also looks to 2030 and finds that net savings in the order of €250 billion per year could be achieved if the EU reduces its energy use by roughly 35% below current levels by 2030.

14 February 2013

The European Union currently landfills and incinerates 60% of municipal waste. Valuable materials which could be recycled or re-used are being thrown away as rubbish, contributing to demand for more raw materials.  

In the case of textiles, for example, Europeans discard 5.8 million tonnes every year, with 75% going to landfill or incineration and only 25% being recycled. 

The study concludes that in order to move to a zero-waste Europe, higher recycling targets need to be accompanied with targets for reuse and waste prevention.

28 January 2013

Canadian government ministers have been actively lobbying the governments of 11 EU member states, European Parliament and Commission to weaken one of the EU’s headline pieces of climate legislation, the Fuel Quality Directive. Friends of the Earth Europe has revealed the details of this lobbying in this lobby diary. This is an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands. Gordon Campbell, the Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, went so far as to describe tar sands as “a totemic issue, hitting directly on Brand Canada”.

3 December 2012

Our report analyses the investment needs in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to ensure a transition to a low-carbon economy, and the positive effects this will have on employment and regional development. We looked at over 20 different EU, governmental, academic, NGO and expert sources listing the needs of seven new member states: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The conclusions provide an interesting outlook for the next financial period of the EU budget, 2014-2020.

 

18 October 2012

With €350 billion for the period 2007-2013, the EU's Cohesion Policy is a formidable investment tool for promoting regional development across the 27 Member States. While the EU is misguided in many of the projects it supports, through investments promoting fossil fuels, carbon-intensive projects or the destruction of nature, sometimes it does get it right.

20 September 2012

Europe risks side-lining its vision for a more sustainable, low-carbon energy future, according to this report, unless it permanently closes its doors to unconventional and unwanted fossil fuels like shale gas.

19 July 2012

In March 2011, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were caught red-handed accepting money for tabling amendments to legislation. What was soon to be referred to as the 'cash for amendments' or 'cash for law' scandal caused an outcry in Brussels circles.

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.

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