A platform led by the European Commission to provide advice on how to reduce resource use in Europe, has not provided concrete steps towards achieving its goal, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Recommendations issued by the European Resource Efficiency Platform lack ambitious resource reduction targets, and are not in line with the European Commission's plans to reduce resource use in Europe by 2050.
European and US banks and pension funds must stop financing illegal palm oil and deforestation, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. New findings show that Bumitama Agri, an Indonesian palm oil company and recipient of financial support from numerous European and US financiers, continues to clear land and run an illegal palm oil plantation in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, despite commitments to stop.
Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil trader, recently bowed to civil society pressure and committed to cut out deforestation, peat land destruction and the exploitation of human rights from its supply chain. This comes after years of land-grabbing, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, fuelling conflicts, the destruction of endangered habitats, and human rights abuses.
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland welcomed a packed room today at their conference exploring how the four resource footprints – carbon, water, land and material – are already being used in policy and in practice.
The one day event brought together policy-makers, academics, campaigners and experts from business who are already seeing the benefits of using the footprint approach, and coincides with the lead-up to an expected package of measures on resource efficiency and the circular economy – due from the European Commission this year.
A report published today by the United Nations International Resource Panel highlights how global land consumption is unsustainable in a world of finite resources.  The findings echo research by Friends of the Earth Europe on Europe's global land footprint. 
11th February 2014, 9.15am – 6.30pm
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Friends of the Earth invites you to a conference exploring how the four footprints - Carbon, Water, Land and Material footprint - are already being successfully and practically used in business and beyond.
European Union energy chiefs failed today to limit the quantities of 'food based' biofuels allowed in Europe in a key debate in Brussels. The outcome means that plans to prevent biofuels competing with food will be further delayed, pushing more people into hunger and leading to further deforestation.
Activists from Friends of the Earth Europe and Indonesia have completed an awareness-raising tour of Europe, bringing their experiences of environmentally and socially destructive palm-oil production in South East Asia, to the continent most responsible for financing it. Palm-oil companies, often with the backing of European investors, have been involved in land-grabbing, deforestation and the illegal production of palm-oil in Indonesia, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
This Friday (November 29) a crucial meeting will take place in Brussels which is likely to determine the fate of the EU's controversial biofuels policy.
The meeting between all EU ambassadors will aim to reach an agreement on how to reform Europe's failing biofuels policy, which Europe's energy ministers will then 'rubber stamp' when they vote on December 12.
Illegal and harmful production of palmoil in Indonesia is continuing, reveals a new report released today by Friends of the Earth.
The study concludes that voluntary guidelines, such as those established by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Environmental, Social and Governance policies (ESG) of European investors have not led to any significant improvement in the situation.