It's a summer whodunit. The European Commission's Energy Efficiency Directive has been public since June 22. But why was the headline policy – an obligation on power companies to cut customers' energy use – so abruptly dropped from the final text?
A plan to reduce Europe's energy use unveiled in Brussels today will not make savings to the extent promised, or on the scale needed to fight climate change. That is the verdict of Friends of the Earth Europe – and the plan's own authors – on the Energy Efficiency Directive published by the European Commission.
Two important climate and energy papers were released today by the European Commission in Brussels amid criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe.
The environmental group argues that the proposals for how Europe might tackle climate change over the next 40 years show the EU is effectively abandoning its pledge to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Ministers met today in Brussels for the EU Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council. Energy efficiency was a priority subject on the agenda.
Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for a binding target to drive down Europe's energy consumption. Without stronger action the environment group is concerned that energy savings will remain a voluntary policy that European countries have so far largely ignored.
European Ministers meeting on Monday (February 21) are being urged to reform Europe's spending to ensure it supports a green economy.
CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe are calling on member states to commit to spending more of the billions of Euros of structural funds for new member states on energy savings and other green measures. The call follows warnings in a European Commission report that insufficient Structural and Cohesion Funds are being used for energy savings and environmental programmes.
European Heads of State meeting today in Brussels for a special energy summit must show support for a binding target to drive down energy consumption, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. Without stronger action the environmental group is concerned that energy savings will remain a voluntary policy that European countries have largely ignored.
European Heads of State met today in Brussels for a special energy summit. Priority subjects on the agenda were energy efficiency, security of imports and an integrated internal energy market.
Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for a binding target to drive down Europe's energy consumption. Without stronger action the environmental group is concerned that energy savings will remain a voluntary policy that European countries have largely ignored.
Brussels, January 26 – The scale of the challenge posed by Europe's unsustainable use of the world's natural resources has been acknowledged today by the European Commission. Lawmakers in Brussels published an initiative outlining how Europe plans to tackle its resource use which affects global resource prices, natural ecosystems and people – particularly the poor – across the world.
Plans by oil company Eni to develop tar sands and oil palm in the Congo Basin risk irreversible damage to biodiversity, local communities and our climate, and break the company's own guidelines, according to Congolese human rights organisations and their international partners. In a report published today, Energy Futures? Eni's Investments in tar sands and palm oil in the Congo Basin, the groups argue that given their potential for local harm and their huge carbon footprint, such investments should be considered too high risk for Eni or any other energy company .
Brussels, 1 September 2009 – The "Coolproducts for a Cool Planet" NGO coalition  welcomes the beginning of the phase-out process for incandescent lightbulbs , which starts today in all EU countries for lamps above 100W and ends in 2012 with lower wattage lamps. Incandescent lightbulbs are the least efficient way to produce light. Banning them is expected to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 16 million tonnes in 2020, which equals the emissions of 5 million passenger cars. The ban was decided by the European Union in 2009 under the Ecodesign of Energy-Using Products Directive.