14 November 2012

The latest EU budget 2014-20 negotiating text, published today by President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, contains the first sign of hope for a future EU budget that tackles climate change and helps support a sustainable future for Europe's 500 million people, according to CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe.Contained in today's text, the so-called 'negotiating box' for the multi-annual financial framework (MFF), is the appearance for the first time of a 20 percent spending figure for

12 November 2012

Burning whole trees in power stations can be dirtier than coal, concludes a new report in the UK by Friends of the Earth, the RSPB, and Greenpeace.

Using the UK government's own data, the report 'Dirtier Than Coal, finds that electricity generated by burning conifer trees could increase greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to coal over a 20 year timeframe.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
7 November 2012

50 days of action for fairer and more sustainable agriculture in Europe, organised by Young Friends of the Earth Europe, ended today.

Nearly 30 actions, in seven different countries - Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Austria – took place as part of the reCAP campaign which is targeting reforms of the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

Young Friends of the Earth Europe
30 October 2012

Indicative figures for Europe's 2014-2020 budget offer little hope of a green future for agricultural and regional spending, according to CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe.

17 October 2012

Reforms announced today by the European Commission will not stop biofuels pushing up food prices and accelerating climate change, says Friends of the Earth Europe. [1]

The proposals include a 5% cap on crop-based biofuels, which goes some way to controlling the quantity of crops which will be used for fuel. But, this limit is still above current consumption levels and will not prevent biofuels competing with crops for food or pressurising food prices in tight markets.

15 October 2012

Brussels, 15 October – EU chiefs must follow through with plans to slash biofuel use, Friends of the Earth Europe warned today as crucial decisions on biofuels policy reform are taken by European Commissioners in Brussels.

The warning comes on the eve of World Food Day, against the backdrop of a looming food crisis – the third in five years.

25 September 2012

The future of green transport must not include socially and environmentally unsustainable biofuels, a coalition of environment and development campaign groups have said today in a letter to EU energy chief, Günther Oettinger.

The letter, from Friends of the Earth Europe and nine other organisations, is in response to the European Commission's draft proposal [1] on how to reform EU biofuels policy and the 'indirect land use change' (ILUC) impacts of biofuels, where agriculture has to expand to accommodate biofuels demand.

19 September 2012

Hundreds of people gathered today in Brussels to call for radical changes to food and farming policy in Europe.

Farmers, citizens, and young people from more than 20 European countries took part in the final day of the Good Food March [1] and brought their demands for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) directly to those responsible for its reform.

The CAP is currently being debated by decision-makers in Brussels, including, for the first time, the European Parliament.

19 September 2012

Friends of the Earth Europe, along with nine other leading green campaign groups, today wrote (.pdf) to European Ministers to urge them not to make any decisions about the EU budget before they clarify what the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will deliver for citizens.

12 September 2012

After 21 months of delay, the European Commission has drafted a framework to reform EU biofuels policy and the massive carbon emissions caused by expanding agriculture for biofuels.

The draft policy [1] aims to address so-called 'indirect land use change' (ILUC) where agriculture has to expand to accommodate biofuels demand. This happens at the expense of forests and natural habitats, and causes carbon emissions. The emissions from ILUC mean that many biofuels in Europe's cars, including soy, rapeseed and palm oil, have a worse carbon footprint than normal fossil fuel. [2]

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