Brussels, March 27 - EU officials today published details of their planned approach to climate and energy policy until 2030. Friends of the Earth Europe has described the plans as ‘dangerously inadequate’ and particularly criticised the lack of legally binding targets to encourage more energy from renewables and more energy savings.
The European Commission’s strategy paper  indicates the executive’s clear support for a legally binding target for reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
A new report out today shows that the European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target .
The report written by Ecofys and commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe 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 2005 levels by 2030.
Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee voted today in favour of a proposal to delay the introduction of permits into the EU Emissions Trading System.
The proposal, referred to as ETS ‘backloading’, is designed to increase the carbon price and help make the scheme more effective in driving emissions reductions. But over-reliance on this failing scheme is a dangerous distraction from more effective action against climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Activists satirised the Polish government’s blocking of progress on necessary climate action. Dressed as coal industry lobbyists, our activists offered free Polish coal to participants on their way to the European Council's Working Party on International Environment Issues.
Reliable sources at the European Commission's energy department paint a gloomy picture of EU climate and energy policies for 2030.
Key decisions will be taken in November. But it seems many top Commission officials just want a CO2 target or possibly a renewables target as well. As things stand now, there's not much support for a target to reduce energy consumption.
This is a serious mistake. We need all three.
This week the EU Parliament will vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive, with the Council due to follow in October. Both votes are expected to be a formality – no-one wants another row over the text.
But before savings from the Directive can actually begin in 2014, the Commission and member states must work out the exact requirements it sets. Make no mistake: this process may be just as tough as the political negotiations on the text of the Directive.
A European Parliament committee vote tomorrow (Wednesday July 11), with a major bearing on EU budget spending for the 2014-2020 period, must reject the re-classification of fossil fuels as 'low-carbon', urged environmental groups today.
Failure to do so would permit these drivers of climate change to be awarded potentially billions of euros of EU taxpayers' money intended solely for energy efficiency and renewable energy, say CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe.
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 a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
Europe’s energy ministers have reached a compromise on improving energy efficiency in Europe. This follows months of negotiations with the European Parliament. The compromise deal is a welcome step, but lacks ambition and is too weak to fully realise the EU's agreed 20% energy savings target according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Spain ranked worst out of six countries reviewed for overall performance in the negotiations around energy efficiency, in a new ranking launched today by CAN-Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe. The ranking is based on the performance and ambition of member states negotiating the European Union's Energy Efficiency Directive. Spain ranked worst for ignoring the boost that investment in energy savings would give to its ailing economy.