10 March 2009

Brussels, 10 March – European Finance Ministers failed to lay hard cash on the table today to support decarbonising economies in developing countries and to compensate for coping with the consequences of climate change [1].

Carbon offsetting schemes, such as the Clean Development Mechanism, have been put forward as mechanisms to tackle climate change and encourage financial flows to the global South. Friends of the Earth Europe believes that they are a loophole for industrialised countries to avoid making necessary emission cuts at home.

21 February 2009

Friends of the Earth has reacted positively to the announcement by the federal Minister for Climate and Energy, Paul Magnette, to begin work on a climate law after the upcoming regional elections.

The Minister made the announcement during an interview on French speaking public radio. He stated that he considers current Belgian climate policy to be inadequate, and made specific reference to the UK climate law that was approved at the end of 2008.

Belgium (Flanders and Brussels), Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels)
16 February 2009

16 February 2009, Brussels – Tomorrow, members of the European Parliament's environment committee will vote on crucial amendments to the Commission's timber law proposal. The legislation aims to regulate the EU timber market and to tackle the problem of illegal logging, but Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF strongly criticise the Commission's original draft and urge MEPs to significantly amend it.

28 January 2009

Brussels, 28 January – Documents unveiled today by the European Commission describing its vision for a global agreement on tackling climate change lack the cash and credibility the world needs, says Friends of the Earth Europe.

12 December 2008

Brussels, Belgium/Poznan, Poland - Today's agreement by EU leaders on the most contentious aspects of the EU's planned response to climate change, known as the climate and energy package, has been condemned as a failure by Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF.

12 December 2008

Poznan, POLAND, December 12, 2008 - The rich industrialised world, and most notably the European Union, is squarely to blame for the severe lack of progress made at United Nations climate talks in Poznan, Poland, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

11 December 2008

Poznan, POLAND, 11 December 2008 - European environment ministers arriving at crucial climate negotiations in Poland received messages this morning sent by over a thousand young people urging them to 'wrap up' climate change.

9 December 2008

The proposal to share post-2012 greenhouse gas reductions between EU countries, known as 'Effort Sharing', is one of the key elements of EU action against climate change. It sets the reduction targets for sectors not covered by emissions trading, such as agriculture, transport and households representing 55 per cent of EU emissions. However this proposal, steered by the self-interest of EU member states, sets the bar far too low:

4 December 2008

Brussels, 4 December 2008 - European leadership on climate change continued to melt away today as EU Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels appeared unable to inject positive momentum into negotiations on Europe's flagship response to climate change - the climate and energy package.

2 December 2008

Brussels, 2 December 2008 - Commenting on the agreement reached last night by European decision-makers on a new regulation on cars and CO2, Jeroen Verhoeven, car efficiency campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:

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