UK government plans to rush through cuts to solar tariff payments are illegal, the High Court ruled today, following a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth and two solar firms - Solarcentury and HomeSun.
The court agreed that proposals to cut feed-in tariff payments for any solar scheme completed after 12 December - 11 days before the official consultation closed - were unlawful.
Friends of the Earth Scotland has been upping its efforts to raise the profile of the threat of big biomass developments. Scotland has the most ambitious renewable energy target in Europe of 100% renewable energy by 2020. But as part of efforts to reach that target, the government is heavily subsidising big biomass projects which rely on importing the vast majority of wood from overseas. This threatens the world's forest supplies and undermines the government's commitment to sourcing renewable energy and sustainably locally.
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe. Friends of the Earth Europe also stands with those still affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan – where the severity level of the nuclear crisis has been raised to maximum, on a par with Chernobyl.
Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the population of Japan and our colleagues at Friends of the Earth Japan, following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, and offer our sincerest sympathies and condolences to those who have lost loved ones. We remain concerned about the fate of the thousands still missing.
Brussels, 3 March - On the day that the European Commission launches its vision for 2020, its 'Europe 2020 strategy', a new report from CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe lays out how improved targeting of EU structural and cohesion billions for energy efficiency and renewables can get the EU – and particularly the new member states in the east – on track to meet and exceed emissions reduction targets for tackling climate change.
Brussels, February 8 – Putting more electric cars on the road could increase carbon emissions unless they run on green energy, says a new independent report commissioned jointly by Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and Transport & Environment. The environmental organisations call for national renewable electricity targets to ensure electric vehicles are truly 'zero emissions'.
Brussels, 9 December 2008 - As the European Parliament and EU Member States are finalising their negotiations on a new European law for renewable energy, international environmental organisations are warning that under the new law large swathes of peatlands, possibly representing the world's largest carbon stores, will be destroyed for the purpose of producing bio-energy.
Brussels, 26 November - As negotiations over new EU targets for biofuels enter a critical final phase, environment and development campaigners have warned of a 'climate time bomb' if so-called 'sustainability criteria' are not dramatically improved.
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, 10 September 2008 - As the European Parliament is preparing for a crucial vote on a new European law for renewable energy tomorrow, international environment organisations are calling on MEPs to vote against proposals to massively expand the use of biofuels. The groups argue that the widespread use of biofuels will do more harm than good and must not distract from the successful development of clean energy.