29 January 2009

Brussels/Amsterdam, 29 January 2009 - Billions of Euros made by Royal Dutch Shell should be ploughed into cleaning up the mess made by its operations around the world, Friends of the Earth urged today as the oil giant announced €21.5 billion profits for 2008. [1]

Shell has failed to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions over the last ten years [2] and causes massive damages in countries where it operates.

28 November 2008

Brussels, 28 November 2008 - New research published today reveals that the increasing demand for animal feed and agrofuels in the European Union is resulting in the loss of unique forests, serious climate emissions and rural conflict in developing countries [1]. The EU now uses over 16 million hectares of farmland every year to feed its livestock and increasingly to fuel its cars - an area equivalent to the combined arable farmland in Germany and Hungary. Most of the land needed is in South America.

20 November 2008

Friends of the Earth International released a new documentary today, focusing on two of the key components of Friends of the Earth Europe's economic justice campaign: corporate accountability and the extractive industries. Poison Fire follows a team of local activists as they gather "video testimonies" from communities on the impact of oils spills and gas flaring. The film shows creeks full of crude oil, devastated mangrove forests, wellheads that has been leaking gas and oil for months.

8 October 2008

Brussels, 8 October 2008 - Financial backers behind the Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan have been called upon today to take action to resolve the environmental and health problems caused by offshore exploration at the 13 billion barrel project, located 20km off the northern Caspian Sea coast.

7 October 2008

PENANG (MALAYSIA) / BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), 7 October 2008 - Malaysian palm oil exported for use in food, biofuels and cosmetics is far from 'green' - contrary to claims by Malaysian palm oil producers - shows the new report "Malaysian Palm Oil: Green Gold or Green Wash?" released today by Friends of the Earth groups. [1]

The 60-page long report examines the case of the vast Malaysian state of Sarawak, which is developing large-scale plantations at breath-taking speed having overexploited its timber resources and depleted its forests.

10 September 2008

Brussels (Belgium) / Porto Alegre (Brazil) / Montevideo (Uruguay), 10 September 2008 - The rapid development of agrofuels in Latin America looks set to increase big business profits but it is not benefiting local people, according to a new report released today September 10 by Friends of the Earth International. [1] The report is published one day before key MEPs vote on the future demand for agrofuels in Europe.

4 July 2008

Brussels, 4 July 2008 - A claim by the Austrian oil and gas company OMV that it is "securing Europe's future energy supply..." in an advert published in the European Voice newspaper has been ruled misleading by the Belgian advertising standards authority.

The Jury d'Ethique Publicitaire (JEP) has instructed OMV to correct the advertisement entitled: "Who is investing in sustainable oil and gas projects?". The verdict follows a complaint filed by Friends of the Earth Europe and Global 2000 (Friends of the Earth Austria) and an appeal.[1]

17 June 2008

Brussels, 17 June 2008 - An advert for the Toyota Prius in the European Voice newspaper which breached the European car labelling directive, has today been ruled misleading by the Belgian advertising standards authority.

29 May 2008

Brussels, 29 May 2008 - Victims of human rights and environmental abuses by European companies around the world could find justice in European courts under proposals unveiled today at an international conference at the European Parliament. [1]

29 April 2008

Brussels, 29 April 2008 - Oil companies have the potential to achieve more than 10 per cent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 without using agrofuels, reveals a report launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe. [1]

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