19 February 2013

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee voted today in favour of a proposal to delay the introduction of permits into the EU Emissions Trading System.

The proposal, referred to as ETS ‘backloading’, is designed to increase the carbon price and help make the scheme more effective in driving emissions reductions. But over-reliance on this failing scheme is a dangerous distraction from more effective action against climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

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
16 October 2012

Reliable sources at the European Commission's energy department paint a gloomy picture of EU climate and energy policies for 2030.

Key decisions will be taken in November. But it seems many top Commission officials just want a CO2 target or possibly a renewables target as well. As things stand now, there's not much support for a target to reduce energy consumption.

This is a serious mistake. We need all three.

10 July 2012

A European Parliament committee vote tomorrow (Wednesday July 11), with a major bearing on EU budget spending for the 2014-2020 period, must reject the re-classification of fossil fuels as 'low-carbon', urged environmental groups today.

Failure to do so would permit these drivers of climate change to be awarded potentially billions of euros of EU taxpayers' money intended solely for energy efficiency and renewable energy, say CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe.

1 June 2012

Brussels/Vienna, June 01 – People worried about the dangers of nuclear power will not be able to have their voices heard on a European level, after a European Citizens' Initiative to allow citizens to directly influence European energy policy was rejected yesterday by the European Commission.

'My voice against nuclear power', initiated by GLOBAL 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria and organised together with international partner organisations, was not accepted as a 'European Citizens' Initiative' – the new mechanism for improving direct democracy in the European Union.

30 May 2012

Friends of Earth Croatia / Zelena akcija held a press conference outside the Croatian government building today, demanding that they put a stop to construction of the environmentally damaging and financially questionable Ombla hydroelectric power plant.

26 April 2012

On the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe.

For many people the consequences of Chernobyl are still a reality, and nuclear power remains more than ever a threat to people and planet. But, resistance against nuclear power continues to grow across Europe, while genuine solutions, such as renewables and energy efficiency, gain ever more prominence.

Austria, Ukraine
2 February 2012

Brussels/Berlin/London, February 2, 2012 – Motorists across Europe are set to pay an additional €18 billion a year for petrol and diesel as a result of EU biofuel targets that have been shown not to reduce emissions, says new research published today [1].

New figures, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and ActionAid [2], show that the planned increase in biofuels use could cost European consumers an extra €94 to €126 billion between now and 2020. This despite evidence that biofuels will actually make climate change worse and increase global hunger [3].

21 December 2011

UK government plans to rush through cuts to solar tariff payments are illegal, the High Court ruled today, following a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth and two solar firms - Solarcentury and HomeSun.

The court agreed that proposals to cut feed-in tariff payments for any solar scheme completed after 12 December - 11 days before the official consultation closed - were unlawful.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
1 September 2011

Friends of the Earth Scotland has been upping its efforts to raise the profile of the threat of big bio­mass developments. Scotland has the most ambitious renew­able energy target in Europe of 100% renewable energy by 2020. But as part of efforts to reach that target, the government is heavily subsidising big biomass projects which rely on importing the vast majority of wood from overseas. This threatens the world's forest supplies and undermines the government's commitment to sourcing renewable energy and sustainably locally.



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