23 September 2009

Brussels/Netherlands, September 23 - New research released today shows for the first time the extent of damage being caused by the European Union's increasing use of biofuels [1]. The research focuses on the massive expansion of palm oil in the Indonesian district of Ketapang and reports on the deforestation, illegal operations and social conflicts caused by the growing demand for palm oil in Europe. The report follows last week's announcement by the World Bank to cease funding palm oil projects [2].

15 September 2009

Brussels, 15 September 2009 - Europe is using increasing quantities of the world's natural resources, according to a new report [1] launched by Friends of the Earth Europe at the 'World Resources Forum' in Davos, Switzerland today [2]. The report also shows that Europe is more dependant on imported resources than other global regions.

10 September 2009

Brussels, 10 September 2009 – Friends of the Earth has welcomed a ruling yesterday, by the UK advertising watchdog, that describing palm oil as "sustainably produced" is false advertising.

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling followed a Friends of the Earth Europe/International complaint against an advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council. [1] The ASA has banned the advert.

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:

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.

26 November 2008

Brussels, 26 November - As negotiations over new EU targets for biofuels enter a critical final phase, environment and development campaigners have warned of a 'climate time bomb' if so-called 'sustainability criteria' are not dramatically improved.

5 November 2008

Brussels, 5 November 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe has expressed severe concerns about the 'Raw Materials Initiative' announced today by the European Commission [1] which it says will have a detrimental effect on the environment and developing countries.

The plan outlines ways that the European Union, member states and industry could avoid raw material shortages in the future.

17 October 2008

Brussels, 17 October 2008 - European Commission plans announced today to protect the world's forests have been slammed by Friends of the Earth Europe as "toothless" and unlikely to have any major impact on reducing deforestation. The "forest package" adopted today by the European Commission fails to include both measures to reduce deforestation and legislation to prevent the trade of illegal timber.

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.

25 September 2008

Brussels, 25 September 2008 - MEPs in the European Parliament today voted to make carmakers play a much greater role in tackling climate change and rejected car industry attempts to weaken proposed legislation on the fuel efficiency of new cars.

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