24 June 2013

European banks, pension funds and private equity funds have given financial assistance worth more than €450 million to Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby, responsible for environmental degradation and violations of national regulations in Liberia, according to new research from Friends of the Earth Europe [1].

19 June 2013

As European parliamentarians vote in committees this week on the future of biofuels in Europe, 113 civil society organisations and coalitions, together representing millions of people, expressed their concerns about the environmental, economic and social impacts of European biofuel policy.

Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
17 June 2013

Recommendations from the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) on how Europe can transition to a resource efficient economy fall far short of what is needed, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

The platform, established to provide advice on how to improve resource use in Europe, released its first policy recommendations today. It involved a broad range of stakeholders including Friends of the Earth Europe.

21 May 2013

European banks and pension funds continue to finance one of the largest and most destructive palm oil giants Wilmar International, according to new research released today by Friends of the Earth Europe [1]. Well known banks including HSBC, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank offer financial assistance to Wilmar valuing over one billion euro, and European and American financial institutions own shares in the company worth €621 million [2].

15 May 2013

Getting companies to report on their use of resources, like materials, water, land and carbon, as well as their impacts upon human rights, will help move Europe towards a resource efficient future that benefits people and planet. This was the message of a debate organised on Tuesday by the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and Friends of the Earth Europe.

22 April 2013

Samsung Electronics has admitted for the first time that it uses tin in its products that's destroying tropical forests, killing coral and wrecking the lives of communities in Indonesia, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland reveals today.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
17 April 2013

Between 2009 and 2012, French banks granted more than 4 billion euro in loans to European producers of agrofuels, and have issued these companies stocks and bonds for a total amount of more than 3 billion euro according to new research from Friends of the Earth France and Oxfam France. The groups called on French banks to stop financing agrofuel producers – who threaten global food security and are fuelling land grabs, especially in Liberia.

France
17 April 2013

Social movements in Guatemala are being increasingly criminalised, repressed, intimidated and subjected to human rights abuses, according to representatives of indigenous and feminist social movements, including Friends of the Earth Guatemala.

18 March 2013

A coalition of groups [1], including Friends of the Earth, Birdlife, Biofuelwatch, Compassion in World Farming and European Environment Bureau has united to call for European governments, and the EU as a whole, to reduce Europe's land footprint – the amount of land we use each year for food, textiles, wood, biofuels etc [2].

Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, France, Hungary, Spain
7 March 2013

Europe must urgently tackle its over-use of the world's land, finds a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe, released today. [1]

The report, 'Hidden Impacts', is based on newly available data and shed lights on Europe's role as a major user of global land resources.

Europe's high consumption levels, and insatiable appetite for meat, dairy, textiles and other products that require large areas of land, mean Europe's 'land footprint' remains one of the largest in the world.

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