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

18 September 2015

The European Union will go to the upcoming global climate talks with an inadequate offer which fails to give enough backing to citizen-controlled, renewable-powered energy, after ministers agreed a weak position in Brussels today.

19 March 2015

The 28 EU heads of state today backed a vision of Europe's energy future which will keep the continent dependent on fossil fuels.

European leaders' plans for an 'Energy Union' strategy were strongly criticised by Friends of the Earth Europe for the decision to emphasise new gas supplies, instead of prioritising energy efficiency and renewables to cut emissions and energy imports.

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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