7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts, according to this new report.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted in the EU through renewable energy policies and a specific Bioeconomy Strategy, and is likely to be included in future legislation on plastics and packaging.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted by the EU, governments and industry, with the promised benefit of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, this can come at a high environmental and social price. Friends of the Earth Europe outline their policy positions on the bioeconomy in this briefing.

20 October 2016

19 civil society organisations across Europe have signed a statement and launched an online petition regarding food waste. The statement was sent to key European decision-makers and highlights the need to drastically cut our food waste by introducing binding measures in EU waste legislation as part of the flagship circular economy package. 

27 July 2016

The European Union uses more than its fair share of global land, with high environmental and social impacts. In 2010, the amount of land used to satisfy our consumption, solely of agricultural goods and services, amounted to 269 million hectares. Almost 40% of this land is outside Europe, an area the size of Italy and France combined.

This report shows why the EU has a responsibility in putting efforts towards measuring, monitoring and reducing its global Land Footprint, and how this could be supported by using policy tools and other initiatives.

27 July 2016

The European Union uses more than its fair share of global land, with high environmental and social impacts. In 2010, the amount of land used to satisfy our consumption, solely of agricultural goods and services, amounted to 269 million hectares. Almost 40% of this land is outside Europe, an area the size of Italy and France combined.

This briefing shows why the EU has a responsibility in putting efforts towards measuring, monitoring and reducing its global Land Footprint, and how this could be supported by using policy tools and other initiatives.

8 December 2015

A large number of forest fires have been discovered on Indonesian plantations owned by global palm oil companies Bumitama and Wilmar International. Despite new evidence that both companies violate their own ‘no deforestation’ policies, this report says major U.S. and European investors have not taken significant steps to address these problems.

27 August 2015

There is land embodied in everything we consume – our food, our electronic devices, our clothes. With Europe having one of the highest consumption rates in the world, where are we getting all this land from and what impacts is it having on people and planet?

22 May 2015

A coalition of groups [1], including Friends of the Earth Europe, ActionAid, Birdlife, Oxfam and the European Environment Bureau have united to send this call to the European Commission to include work on land as a resource in its work programme for 2016.

A European Commission paper on this topic was initially planned for 2015, but was absent from the Commission’s work plan earlier this year.

28 May 2014

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined, will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, this new research reveals.

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