23 June 2014

Following the entry into force in December 2013 of the legislation on EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Member States began elaborating their framework planning documents on EU regional development funding, namely Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, laying down investment strategies and plans for the next generation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

1 December 2013

By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to clean energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly
and with added benefits. This briefing explores the many benefits of community energy: for the climate, for the people and communities involved in owning or running their own energy production, and for society as a whole.

1 December 2013

We need to drastically cut our emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. This means burning less fossil fuels. All over Europe communities and citizens are already taking control of their energy future and producing community-owned clean, renewable energy.

These community energy projects create lots of added benefits for the communities involved, from reduced fuels bills, to stronger community pride and of course knowing they are part of reducing global emissions.

26 June 2013

This short briefing spells out the disconnect between climate science and EU action. The European Union has often repeated its commitment to limiting global warming to 2°C yet EU leaders are assuming a 50/50 chance of overshooting the 2°C limit.

It includes recommendations for getting EU climate and energy policies to measure up to the scale of the problem.

 

10 May 2013

Why Europe needs three ambitious and binding targets for 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and develop renewable energies to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.

And how these will encourage investment in solutions that will cut Europe’s emissions at the rate and scale science tells us is needed, and also create decent jobs, improve energy security and save money for consumers and businesses alike.

27 February 2013

The European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year by 2020 providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target, this report shows.

The study also looks to 2030 and finds that net savings in the order of €250 billion per year could be achieved if the EU reduces its energy use by roughly 35% below current levels by 2030.

3 December 2012

Our report analyses the investment needs in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to ensure a transition to a low-carbon economy, and the positive effects this will have on employment and regional development. We looked at over 20 different EU, governmental, academic, NGO and expert sources listing the needs of seven new member states: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The conclusions provide an interesting outlook for the next financial period of the EU budget, 2014-2020.

 

3 July 2012

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in this critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.

6 June 2012

Europe could benefit from over €200 billion net savings per year through energy efficiency measures, according to this research commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe. The research – from Ecofys – concludes that for every Euro saved through reduced energy use, businesses and consumers save an additional Euro as energy efficiency measures drive down energy prices.

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