Renewable energy Community-owned renewables can move Europe away from dirty fossil fuels

10 February 2016

Europe's renewable energy future must have communities at its core, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as the public consultation on the next European renewable energy directive closes today.

The European Commission sought public opinions on what the future for renewable energy should look like in Europe, and the role of "empowered" consumers. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the right of communities to produce and supply renewable energy to be enshrined in the next directive.

18 November 2015

The EU’s energy strategy is dangerously at odds with the urgent need to transform Europe’s energy system and fight climate change, Friends of the Earth Europe has said today in response to the publication of a progress report.

The European Commission vice president for the energy union, Maroš Šefčovič, gave his ‘State of the Energy Union’ speech in Brussels, and set out next steps for Europe's energy future.

Faced with the threat of catastrophic climate change it is essential that Europe shifts to renewable energy. Communities and cooperatives are already benefiting from running their own energy resources all over Europe. Putting people at the heart of renewable schemes is the best way to bring about the transition we need. 

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