18 December 2014

The many social, environmental and economic benefits that would result from robust resource policies have been recognised by both the European Union and the governments of its member states. For example, by boosting re-use and repair of products, jobs are created while the impacts from mineral and metal extraction, incineration and landfill are avoided. But ambitions for encouraging re-use and repair, and the broader vision of a more resource-efficient and lowerconsuming Europe, appear to be at risk of being abandoned by policy-makers.

10 October 2014

Europe has failed to see the whole picture on biofuels - turning a blind eye to the impacts of biofuel production on people and the environment in producer countries.

28 May 2014

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined, will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, this new research reveals.

28 May 2014

New research by the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe’s consumption of bioenergy is exerting unparalleled and
unsustainable new pressures on the world’s land and forests.


With demand for bioenergy (crops and wood used for transport fuel, heating and electricity) set to more than double between now and 2030, Europe will require an area of land and
forest the size of Sweden and Poland combined to meet our bioenergy needs.

22 May 2014

New research from Friends of the Earth in Indonesia, Liberia, Uganda and Nigeria, shows how Wilmar International, one of the world's largest palm oil traders, continue their abusive practices of deforestation and land-grabbing, despite promises to stop.

28 March 2014

Bumitama Agri Ltd is a palm oil producer in Indonesia, and supplies palm oil to one of the largest global traders in palm oil, Wilmar International. Despite numerous promises to clean up its act, Bumitama continues to produce illegal palm oil, with financial support from well-known European banks including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank.

This factsheet porovides new satellite imagery and transcripts that show Bumitama continue to clear land despite their promises – bringing illegal palm oil into the supply chain with devastating environmental and social impacts.

 

6 March 2014

Pressure on the world's resources is rapidly increasing, as people's living standards rise in many poorer countries across the world, while those in richer countries already use large amounts of resources.

This is leading to volatile & increasing prices for key resources, and is creating negative environmental & social impacts like deforestation and high food prices. To improve the resilience of our economy, to minimise price increases, & to reduce our environmental & social impacts, we need to become more resource efficient.

1 March 2014

Incoming Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who will be elected in May 2014, will have in their hands the potential to make the EU more resource efficient. Decisions made during their mandate have the possibility to make Europe a resilient continent to resource price fluctuation and increases, create half a million jobs in Europe, and have positive benefits for our environment.

26 February 2014

The total amount of natural resources is limited. Non-renewable raw materials such as metals and oil are being used up. Other resources such as soils, water, or the atmosphere are overused. The amount of resource consumption due to our consumption of goods and services is enormous, and even today, it is far greater than what the Earth can sustain on a permanent basis. At present, humanity is using up the amount of resources that
should actually last for a whole year within eight months.

21 November 2013

This report is the result of an investigation into two of the world’s leading distributors of palm oil. It documents the illegal logging of land near protected forests in Indonesia by Bumitama Agri Group. The illegal activities include irregular permits, the encroachment on land which is home to endangered orangutans, and illegal clearing and landgrabbing.

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