31 July 2017

Local Energy Communities should be at the heart of the energy transition. But in the draft report from rapporteur Krišjanis Karins MEP, local energy communities have been marginalised and are not given the treatment they need. This briefing from the Community Power coalition outlines concerns about the Karins report and how they can be addressed.

17 July 2017

At the global level, land-grabs and deforestation, and the human rights violations, abuses, and corruption that facilitate them, are a major threat to the lives of communities. Land-grabs and deforestation often accompany the development of large-scale agriculture, extractive, infrastructure and other projects. These projects are receiving monies from powerful financial institutions – many of which are based in the European Union.

10 July 2017

Rethink Plastic - a new European alliance to cut plastic use, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member - has sent an open letter to the European Commission calling on them to propose strong and harmonised EU legislation within the EU Strategy on Plastics – due to be published at the end of 2017. Copies of this letter have been sent to Vice-Presidents Timmermans and Katainen, and Environment Commissioner Vella.

4 July 2017

Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth Spain undertook this report which looks at the separate collection of biowaste in six different cities and municipalities in Spain. A survey of 40 questions was carried out, including demographic characteristics, amounts and types of collected biowaste, collection and treatment options used, costs, products sold and production process, emissions and carbon footprint information and jobs created.

1 July 2017

In the coming days and weeks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will decide whether to close Europe's fields to genetically modified (GM) crops for good, or if more GM crops can be grown. This short briefing explains the state of play – how we got here, and what is at stake for the future of farming in the EU.

6 June 2017

This joint report from Friends of the Earth Europe, Global Witness, Action Aid and WWF is a call for action to ensure strong regulation of the financial sector to avoid environmental, social and governance risk.

17 May 2017

This briefing is released ahead of the EU Informal Energy Council in Valletta, Malta. It sets out the way forward the EU's Clean Energy Package as part of the transformation of Europe's energy system away from fossil fuels.

The contents include climate science, the benefits of people's ownership, energy savings, why gas is not part of the solution, and specific demands to Members States.

15 May 2017

This review introduces our impact in 2016. You'll find highlights from our campaigns at the European level, the activities of our youth network, our inspiring School of Sustainability project, and success stories from our member groups across Europe. In addition you'll find special features on our two big victories in 2016: putting the EU-US 'Trojan' trade deal on hold, and saving nature laws in Brussels, and nature across Europe. You will also find detailed financial information.

14 May 2017

There are many benefits to community and cooperative ownership of renewable energy. This briefing highlights four of the main benefits, and three examples of successful projects in Belgium, Scotland and England. It calls for a stronger definition for a 'renewable energy community' in the European Commission's Clean Energy package, and encourages access to financial support schemes for renewable energy communities.

11 May 2017

The depth of gas industry infiltration into European decision-making on energy policy is revealed in this report. The report outlines the role of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) in defining the future of Europe's energy policy – a group established by the European Commission but made up exclusively of gas industry interests, including major gas and oil companies such as Engie, Enagas and OMV.

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