7 November 2017

Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned a team of climate change scientists to determine how much gas Europe can afford to use in its future energy mix.

28 September 2017

Despite multiple climate action commitments the EU budget and European public banks continue to finance fossil fuel production and consumption across the EU and internationally.

This study shows the scale of the problem with the EU providing an annual average of €4bn in fossil fuel subsidies through its budget, development and investment banks and funds. The growing support for gas, and the continued provision of support for coal-fired power, are particularly concerning. 

18 September 2017

The European Union is engaged in negotiations on a package of climate and energy legislation with a new deadline: 2030. The package covers different issues such as renewables, efficiency and energy poverty, and is known as 'The Clean Energy Package for All Europeans'.

11 May 2017

The depth of gas industry infiltration into European decision-making on energy policy is revealed in this report. The report outlines the role of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) in defining the future of Europe's energy policy – a group established by the European Commission but made up exclusively of gas industry interests, including major gas and oil companies such as Engie, Enagas and OMV.

6 October 2016

This short briefing spells out why the cheapest, cleanest, safest energy is the energy we don't actually need. Every 1% improvement in energy efficiency means savings equivalent to 12 million cars. There are also significant savings and reduced energy use.

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 June 2016

The European Commission is studying a range of options for the revision of the 2030 energy efficiency target, from the current 27% target to the European Parliament's – and our own – preferred goal of 40%. The official proposal is expected after the summer.

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.

6 October 2015

This report provides a detailed analysis of the European Commission’s regulations on how EU member states carry out shale gas exploration and production. Developed by Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Europe, the report says the Commission's Recommendation [1] is failing to protect the environment and the health of citizens.

15 April 2015

While the European Commission is publicly talking up its climate ambition, it is allowing the shale gas industry to dominate the behind-the-scenes debate on fracking policy. 

This briefing reveals how the European Commission's new expert network on shale gas is dominated by major fracking industry players and those with strong links to it, and freezing out civil society.