26 September 2016

Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today.

The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million "energy citizens" could generate 45% of the European Union's electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system.

16 February 2016

Europe is turning its back on December's climate agreement in Paris, and further shackling itself to fossil fuels, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The European Commission's 'energy security package', announced today, is the first big test for Europe's energy future, and prioritises subsidies for, and investments in, dirty fossil fuels, including gas, and the infrastructure required for them – locking Europe into decades of fossil fuel use.

10 February 2016

Europe's renewable energy future must have communities at its core, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as the public consultation on the next European renewable energy directive closes today.

The European Commission sought public opinions on what the future for renewable energy should look like in Europe, and the role of "empowered" consumers. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the right of communities to produce and supply renewable energy to be enshrined in the next directive.

18 November 2015

The EU’s energy strategy is dangerously at odds with the urgent need to transform Europe’s energy system and fight climate change, Friends of the Earth Europe has said today in response to the publication of a progress report.

The European Commission vice president for the energy union, Maroš Šefčovič, gave his ‘State of the Energy Union’ speech in Brussels, and set out next steps for Europe's energy future.

18 September 2015

The European Union will go to the upcoming global climate talks with an inadequate offer which fails to give enough backing to citizen-controlled, renewable-powered energy, after ministers agreed a weak position in Brussels today.

19 March 2015

The 28 EU heads of state today backed a vision of Europe's energy future which will keep the continent dependent on fossil fuels.

European leaders' plans for an 'Energy Union' strategy were strongly criticised by Friends of the Earth Europe for the decision to emphasise new gas supplies, instead of prioritising energy efficiency and renewables to cut emissions and energy imports.

25 February 2015

Major announcements made in Brussels today suggest Europe is holding back from the urgent action needed to transform its energy system and combat climate change.

The European Commission released details of its 'Energy Union' vision for Europe's energy future, and its proposed preparations for a key global climate summit in Paris later this year. 

5 December 2014

The United Nations climate talks happening in Lima, Peru are already at the mid-way point. It is the fifth day of this year’s global conference which aims to bring the world closer to a fair, adequate solution to the climate crisis.

24 October 2014

European governments are tonight claiming to have agreed ambitious action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewables and reduce energy use by 2030.

But the targets set by the EU's 28 heads of state are far below what is necessary and what could be done by Europe to combat climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

The deal commits the EU to cut emissions by at least 40%, provide at least 27% of the EU's energy from renewable sources, and reduce energy consumption by at least 27%.

23 October 2014

Europe's climate and energy plans benefit polluters, not people, Friends of the Earth Europe is warning as European leaders meet in Brussels.

The European Union's 28 heads of state and government are meeting today and tomorrow to strike a deal on climate and energy targets for 2030.

Friends of the Earth Europe, Oxfam, Climate Action Network Europe, and the European Environmental Bureau were outside the summit to protest the lack of action being proposed to move Europe away from fossil fuels.

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