Europe's plans for how to meet its energy needs in the next decade and beyond are dirty and dangerous, and serve big business profits more than ordinary people, campaigners are warning today.
A two day summit in Brussels today and tomorrow is the first time the European Union's 28 heads of state and government will discuss the '2030 package' of plans to tackle climate change and meet energy needs.
All across Europe a patchwork of community and citizen run renewable energy projects have sprung up, putting people at the heart of the renewable energy production in many parts of the continent. These projects are as diverse as the communities themselves and they range from large wind developments in Denmark to solar arrays on a university roof in Spain.
EU plans to tackle climate change by the year 2030, announced in Brussels today, have been heavily criticized by environment group Friends of the Earth Europe.
The policies proposed by the European Commission disregard climate science which makes it clear the need to drastically cut emissions to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming is getting more urgent all the time.
More than 150 people formed the shape of a giant wind turbine in front of the European Parliament in Brussels today to call for more support for community renewable energy projects.
The colourful 'People's windmill' event aimed to send a message that citizen and community-controlled renewables should be at the centre of Europe's energy policy.
You are invited to be part of the 'people's windmill' on this Thursday 7th November from 12:30-14:00 on the esplanade outside the European Parliament in Brussels.
We'll be working together to form a giant windmill image to show that people should be at the centre of renewable energy.
Clean, community-owned energy already exists and is a real solution to climate change. But it needs more momentum and political support. We'll be telling our decision-makers to put people and communities at the heart of a clean energy future.
Today marks the beginning of a month of worldwide public protest and action to say no to dirty energy, and to support clean, renewable alternatives.
As part of the 'Reclaim Power' month, Friends of the Earth Europe will construct a people's windmill outside the European Parliament in Brussels on 7th November to show that people should be at the centre of renewable energy.
Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria has reacted to plans to fund nuclear power plants with European taxpayers money with a new petition.
The European Commission is preparing new state aid rules which would enable EU member states to grant subsidies to all energy forms designated as low carbon – including nuclear. This funding has until now been for investing in renewable energies
A fortnight to celebrate community power continues this week in the UK, with the aim of informing and inspiring people about the benefits of community power generation. The organiser, Community Energy Coalition, includes Friends of the Earth Scotland and a range of other civil society groups who aim to promote and facilitate communities across the UK owning, generating, and saving energy together.
The fortnight includes a range of events, workshops and showcases to enable people to explore the benefits of, and practical steps needed to help them to take, collective action.
Friends of the Earth Spain accused the Spanish government today of putting the profits of power companies ahead of public and environmental interests.
The Spanish government’s recent energy reform bill includes the introduction of a fee for electricity generated from solar panels or other renewable sources. This fee will triple the projected payback period for independent and small-scale solar generation, effectively obstructing the development of small-scale, community-owned renewable projects.
On the eve of the United Nations International Day of Co-operatives (July 6) organisations are calling for an urgent transformation away from the current corporate-controlled energy system.
Climate Alliance, Cooperatives Europe, Ecopower, Friends of the Earth Europe, and REScoop.eu are asking European Union decision makers to pave the way for a clean energy revolution led by citizens. Putting communities at the heart of Europe's energy systems will ensure widespread support for renewable energy on the scale needed to combat climate change, they say.