20 December 2016

Across the world people are already being hit hard by climate change. Some communities are being evacuated to avoid the rising oceans, while droughts and record-breaking floods made worse by climate change are devastating the lives of people across the planet. 2015 was the warmest year on record and saw global sea levels reach their highest since records began.

20 December 2016

This short briefing shows how gas companies are justifying unnecessary gas infrastructure by inflating gas demand figures in Europe. Energy efficiency will significantly reduce gas demand, and the European Commission must ignore the gas lobby figures.

26 September 2016

This research demonstrates that half of all European Union citizens could be producing their own electricity by 2050, and meeting 45% of the EU's energy demand. Our energy market is switching from fossil fuels and nuclear to renewable energy, but it's also shifting from a centralised market dominated by large utilities to one in which people produce their own energy and help to manage demand. Without these "energy citizens", the  transition to a 100% renewable energy system won't be possible.

8 April 2016

There is no such thing as a clean fossil fuel. Despite technological innovations, gas is a significant contributor to climate change, and in some cases emissions from shale gas can be comparable to or worse than coal. This briefing argues that gas will lock Europe into decades of fossil fuel use, blocking or slowing down the neccessary transition to energy efficiency and renewables.

23 March 2016

This year the European Commission will propose a new energy efficiency target for 2030. A range of scenarios are being assessed, from 27% savings (the current target) to 40% (the European Parliament's choice).

The key question is, how high will the Commission go? This briefing makes a clear case for the highest possible target. If Europe is serious about tackling climate change, boosting energy security and creating jobs, then a 40% target is the only way forward.

17 November 2015

This briefing outlines the main reasons that we must prioritise efficiency and renewables over gas. To fight climate change it is vital to intensify efforts to save energy, switch to renewables and end the reign of fossil ful companies. This includes the gas lobby which is doing all it can to delay the energy transition. 

The briefing explains why:

9 November 2015

Following the revelations and wider implications of the dieselgate emissions scandal, European organisations sent this open letter to the Presidents of the European Institutions calling for EU action to protect citizens from air pollution and the manipulative and fraudulent behaviour of carmakers.

2 November 2015

One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups issued this statement criticising the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and the Health & Environment Alliance said that this had been “a lost year” for environmental protection.

19 March 2014

This briefing shows how fossil fuel and heavy industry interests used their privileged access, huge financial resources and insider influence to convince EU decision-makers to sacrifice ambitious climate action for 2030. 

It uses information gained from Freedom of Information requests to show just how close Europe’s dirtiest industries are to senior politicians and regulators and what influence this is having on the EU’s official climate change policy. 

Produced with Corporate Europe Observatory. 

1 December 2013

By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to clean energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly
and with added benefits. This briefing explores the many benefits of community energy: for the climate, for the people and communities involved in owning or running their own energy production, and for society as a whole.

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