Brussels, 25 November 2008 - With accelerated spending of EU regional aid billions expected to feature in tomorrow's economic recovery plan announced by the European Commission, CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) are calling for substantial increases in EU spending on energy efficiency and renewable energy to be put on the fast-track by the Commission.
Brussels, 20 October 2008 - Environmental NGOs have today accused the EU Environment Ministers of supporting old-fashioned, inefficient and wasteful industries at the expense of those that innovate and create new jobs. During the discussion on the EU climate and energy package, ministers are also watering down the emission reduction proposal for non-industrial sectors, undermining the best chance to help European households suffering from high energy bills.
Brussels, 25 September 2008 - MEPs in the European Parliament today voted to make carmakers play a much greater role in tackling climate change and rejected car industry attempts to weaken proposed legislation on the fuel efficiency of new cars.
Brussels, 1 September 2008 - Members of the European Parliament this evening voted to delay proposals to force carmakers to reduce the fuel consumption of new cars, despite overwhelming public support for more fuel efficient vehicles.
The Industry Committee of the European Parliament voting in Brussels bent to pressure from the car industry and opted to delay a target of 120g CO2/km - equivalent to reducing fuel consumption by a quarter - by three years, from 2012 until 2015.
Brussels, 3 July 2008 - Green campaigners today urged the European Union to 'push for fuel efficiency' and agree tough targets for reducing the fuel consumption of cars.
Brussels, 25 June 2008 - Seven countries are to be investigated by the European Commission for failing to ensure fuel consumption figures are prominently displayed in car advertising, following a formal complaint today by green groups.
Brussels, 16 July - Europeans can live long and be happy without the need for soaring carbon dioxide emissions, shows the European Happy Planet Index launched today by nef (the new economics foundation) and Friends of the Earth Europe. The Nordic countries demonstrate that low carbon living is compatible with high levels of well-being, but Europe is overall less efficient today at delivering well being for its carbon dioxide emissions than 40 years ago.
2nd July, Brussels - Friends of the Earth Europe has raised concern at the EU's poor commitment to cut its energy waste after 24 of the 27 EU member states missed the deadline for submitting their National Energy Efficiency Action Plans. Only Finland, Denmark and the UK have delivered their plans on time.
Brussels, March 9th - Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed a tentative commitment by EU leaders to fighting climate change at the EU Spring Council today, but laments that the adopted steps are still too timid. Heads of States gave a modest boost to the uptake of renewable energies, but agreed that the EU should aim low on cutting greenhouse gases; and failed again to agree any concrete commitment towards reducing Europe's appalling waste of energy.
March 9th, Brussels - As pivotal debate about Europe's future energy policy took place at the EU Spring Council today, Friends of the Earth constructed a 12m-high bright blue and yellow flag right outside the meeting, demanding that governments stop climate change, cut energy waste and choose renewables. The flag followed the design of the famous EU flag, but contained symbols for sustainable energy choices in the golden stars and was formed by hundreds of people from across Europe, dressed in blue on a giant frame.