17 September 2018

In the booklet Sufficiency: Moving beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency, Friends of the Earth Europe suggested introducing hard limitations to unsustainable trends—in particular to overconsumption—and putting emphasis on distributional justice in the economy. But how can we go about the task of building a 'sufficient' Europe?

4 September 2018

Taxing plastics can help lead to a responsible use of the material by triggering the necessary reduction of both production and consumption, a new report finds. However, a plastic tax will only work if designed to influence producer and consumer behaviour, rather than raising revenue.

27 March 2018

To revert the current ecological overshoot and build a sustainable society, we have to collectively engage in changing our economic model.

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.

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.

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.

10 May 2016

The European Commission's revised Circular Economy Package, published in December 2015, is weaker and less ambitious than the original version that was withdrawn in 2014, but there’s a chance to fix this.

As the European Council and Parliament begin to put together their positions on the revised waste directives, this briefing by 11 organisations, including Friends of the Earth Europe, offers ten key improvements to get the package back on track.

25 January 2016

The laws that protect nature across Europe – the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives (known as the 'nature directives') – are currently being reviewed by the European Union as part of the REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme) process. The review will continue until the end of 2016.

In this report, Friends of the Earth outlines its concerns that the EU may weaken these crucial laws that form the cornerstone of nature protection and restoration.

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.

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