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.

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.

21 October 2016

There is no doubt that eliminating hunger worldwide is one of humanity’s greatest challenges in the 21st century. However, there are radically divergent visions for how to achieve this goal. Many people equate “feeding the world” with the need to produce more food, but in reality the problem is one of unequal and wasteful distribution.

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.

28 September 2016

The European Fund for Strategic Investments was established in 2015 to power-charge post-crisis Europe and provide a much-needed impulse for de-carbonising its economies. Yet, during its first year, the fund leveraged EUR 1.5 billion for fossil fuel infrastructure, and 68% of transport investment is destined for carbon-intensive projects. This report shows why the Investment Plan for Europe does not drive the sustainable energy transition.

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.

19 September 2016

On September 26, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced the conclusion of a far-reaching economic integration agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement included an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, later tweaked and re-branded as ICS (Investment Court System) in February 2016, which could unleash a corporate litigation boom against Canada, the EU and individual EU member states, and could dangerously thwart government efforts to protect citizens and the environment.

14 September 2016

The EU has spent more than two years evaluating its foundational nature protection laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives. Now they have been found "fit for purpose". But with just three years remaining in which to reach the 2020 goal of halting the loss of biodiversity in the EU, now is the time for a redoubling of action to secure a positive future for Europe's nature.

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.

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.

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