9 September 2020

Blog by Tara Connolly, energy campaigner. Originally published in Euractiv

Extraordinary summer

As Europe returns to schools and (makeshift) offices after an extraordinary summer, a decisive autumn beckons - not only for the global pandemic, but also for that other forgotten crisis, climate change.

14 May 2020

Over one million people and 100 environmental NGOs across Europe are calling on the European Union to restart its economy by launching the biggest green investment plan the world has ever seen, financed by the bloc's increased budget and recovery instrument. Tomorrow, MEPs will decide what they want in the EU's Recovery Fund and seven-year budget ahead of the European Commission's much awaited proposal next week.

23 April 2020

To weather the COVID-19 crisis, Europe’s energy poor urgently need a green bailout - providing decent, zero-carbon homes for all.

Blog by Clémence Hutin, Climate justice campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, and coordinator of the Right to Energy coalition. Originally published in Euractiv.

6 February 2020

Europe’s energy system is deeply wasteful - our energy consumption is too high, and we're not improving.

Inefficient buildings losing heat from all sides. Cheap untaxed flights over short distances. Ad billboards flashing images into the night sky. Our economies consume tremendous amounts of energy - preventing the switch to 100% renewable energy.

16 January 2020

Stories from the frontlines of climate hope.

All over Europe, people are rising up to fix climate breakdown – demanding urgent transformation to a fair, fossil free future. Communities, cities and people are at the forefront of building community-owned renewable energy, creating green jobs, and tackling energy poverty.

Here is one such story from the frontlines of climate hope, from Budapest, Hungary.

Hungary
4 December 2019

System change: Europe’s environmental and climate warning signals are flashing red according to a comprehensive ‘State of the Environment’ survey published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

22 November 2019

As community renewables grow in western Europe, what about central and eastern regions?

A socially fair energy transformation means putting renewable energy into the hands of communities and people. The transition to 100% renewable energy, must benefit people too – not just big corporations - we must take power back from Big Energy. Big energy companies have consistently acted in their own financial interest, instead of the planet and sharing the wealth from renewable energy with communities.

Hungary, Spain, Czech Republic
4 October 2019

Kadri Simson alarmingly weak on climate crisis

Just days after the biggest climate protests the world has ever seen, members of the European Parliament started the interview process for the nominees for European Commissioners 2019-2024. Yesterday was the turn of the proposed EU energy chief, Ms. Kadri Simson. How did she do?

Estonia
24 July 2019

As temperature gages hit 40°C across Europe this week, terrifying heatwaves are becoming the new normal. But we are not all equal in the face of extreme weather, writes climate justice campaigner Clemence Hutin.

Last summer, a shocking heatwave seemed to dry up and set alight our continent before our eyes. This year we see this terrifying pattern repeating.

21 June 2019

At the Right to Energy Forum, over 100 activists, trade unionists, campaigners, and people from all over Europe came together in Brussels to debate, unite, and demand energy solutions for all. This is their unanimous declaration:

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