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

23 October 2014

Europe's climate and energy plans benefit polluters, not people, Friends of the Earth Europe is warning as European leaders meet in Brussels.

The European Union's 28 heads of state and government are meeting today and tomorrow to strike a deal on climate and energy targets for 2030.

Friends of the Earth Europe, Oxfam, Climate Action Network Europe, and the European Environmental Bureau were outside the summit to protest the lack of action being proposed to move Europe away from fossil fuels.

10 October 2014

Europe's burgeoning movement of communities who own and are active in running renewable energy resources is gaining power, a conference in Brussels heard this week.

The event – 'Community energy across Europe – making it happen' – brought together energy cooperative members, politicians, policy makers, renewable energy industry representatives and climate change campaigners to take stock of their success to date and plan for the 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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