Major announcements made in Brussels today suggest Europe is holding back from the urgent action needed to transform its energy system and combat climate change.
The European Commission released details of its 'Energy Union' vision for Europe's energy future, and its proposed preparations for a key global climate summit in Paris later this year.
Since last October, nearly 7,000 Europeans have signed Jordens Vänner/Friends of the Earth Sweden's online petition to "save the night trains" – and stop the cancellation of vital night train services across Europe, many of which are operated by the German railway company Deutsche Bahn.
The Irish government has finally published the long awaited Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015. Friends of the Earth Ireland welcome the publication of the bill, but expressed dismay that this current draft does not include any targets for reducing carbon emissions and allows for a potential delay of up to 2 years before any plan to reduce carbon emissions in Ireland is implemented.
December 14 - The UN climate talks ended in Lima today – 36 hours behind schedule – with a weak text from world governments, which contrasted sharply with the real leadership and inspiration demonstrated by social movements. Rich industrialised countries are responsible for the lack of an equitable response in the face of planetary emergency and increasing injustice, Friends of the Earth Europe said.
Today, on International Human Rights Day, Friends of the Earth joined thousands of people on the streets of Lima, Peru, where the United Nations climate talks are taking place, to highlight the injustice which links climate change and human rights.
In the biggest march in the country for many years, an estimated 15,000 people demonstrated jointly with human rights and environment defenders in the 'world march in defence of mother earth'.
The United Nations climate talks happening in Lima, Peru are already at the mid-way point. It is the fifth day of this year’s global conference which aims to bring the world closer to a fair, adequate solution to the climate crisis.
The adequacy of new EU climate targets for 2030 was further undermined by the findings of the UN climate science panel's latest report released yesterday. The report – the most comprehensive climate science review ever produced – emphasises how current climate action is dangerously inadequate, and will fail to stabilise climate pollution or avoid the worst climate impacts.
This month sees the launch of Jordens Vänner/Friends of the Earth Sweden's Europe-wide campaign to save a number of European night trains which are planned to stop running this December. Anyone can sign the email petition which targets the train operators.
European governments are tonight claiming to have agreed ambitious action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewables and reduce energy use by 2030.
But the targets set by the EU's 28 heads of state are far below what is necessary and what could be done by Europe to combat climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
The deal commits the EU to cut emissions by at least 40%, provide at least 27% of the EU's energy from renewable sources, and reduce energy consumption by at least 27%.