18 May 2018

This Annual Review summarises our impact in 2017 and gives highlights from our network of grassroots member groups across the continent..
From leading successful climate campaigns to keep fossil fuels in the ground, including winning fracking bans in Ireland and Scotland; to a successful divestment campaign against BNP Paribas in France, and environmental education work from Malta to Luxembourg, our growing network goes from strength to strength.

17 May 2018

While much of Europe’s rare nature is safeguarded on paper, in practice it does not always receive the high levels of protection it should do. Nature protection efforts are being undermined by the European Commission’s failure to consistently challenge Member States on illegal nature destruction. Find out more about where nature is under threat across the EU - and how well the EU Commission is doing at enforcing the laws that should protect nature, when the alarm is raised.

With BirdLife Europe, European Environmental Bureau, and WWF.

25 April 2018

This report with BirdLife Europe, European Environmental Bureau and WWF assesses the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives in 18 Member States. It finds that, while the majority of the Member States assessed (67%) have fully incorporated the Birds and Habitat Directives into national law, they have failed to implement them properly. This means EU protected wildlife and habitats are not receiving the protection they need and have been promised.

24 April 2018

Facts and figures about renewables in Europe.

Revealing the dramatic advance of renewable energy and the future shape of energy in Europe, the 'Energy Atlas' shows how technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable. It is published with the European Renewable Energies Federation, Green European Foundation (GEF), and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

17 April 2018

It's crunch time for EU energy policy.

As negotiations on new laws governing our energy future until 2030 pick up speed, it's time to look at what this will mean for people and planet. In this briefing, we outline the way forward for an energy transition that would benefit all, moving away from fossil fuels, protecting workers' livelihoods, tackling energy poverty, and unleashing the potential of people-owned renewable projects. The only question is: will EU Member States choose this path?

12 April 2018

Recently Europe has seen unprecedented opposition to free trade agreements such as TTIP and CETA. Central to these protests were concerns that these new trade and investment agreements would have harmful impacts on food quality, consumers’ rights, farmers, producers’ income, as well as wider negative impacts on jobs and working conditions in the food sector.

10 April 2018

A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe's growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it, according this study prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy for Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe.

The report is accompanied by a series of factsheets that clarify some of the problems with – and solutions to – plastic food packaging, covering:

9 April 2018

Many rules governing trade and investment today hinder efforts to achieve more sustainable economies. We urgently need a new trade regime which can help address global challenges and tackle problems like accelerating climate change, a broken agricultural model and loss of trust in democratic processes, rather than aggravating them. In this unprecedentedly comprehensive paper, Friends of the Earth Europe is presenting concrete proposals for an innovative trade agenda that serves citizens and the environment.

27 March 2018

To revert the current ecological overshoot and build a sustainable society, we have to collectively engage in changing our economic model.

7 December 2017

A spectacular nature haven in southwestern Bulgaria, home to twice as many butterfly species as the whole of the UK and protected by EU nature laws, is under threat from an EU-funded motorway from Sofia to Greece. This briefing analyses the disastrous impacts the motorway would have on local nature and communities, highlights viable alternative routes which would mitigate impacts on both, and calls on the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to reroute the project.

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