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.

9 May 2016

This review introduces the impact of our network in 2015 - in Brussels and beyond. You'll find highlights from our campaigns at the European level, the activities of our youth network, and success stories from our member groups across Europe. In addition you'll find special features on the international climate talks in Paris and our inspiring new School of Sustainability project, alongside detailed financial information.

28 April 2016

This report shows how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for European farming.

19 April 2016

This report shows that dangerous attacks against regulations protecting the public interest and the environment would not be prevented by the European Commission’s new investment protection proposals for future trade agreements.

Developed by Friends of the Earth Europe, Transnational Institute, Corporate Europe Observatory, the Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the report tests the European Commission’s promise that the Investment Court System, its new framework for investment protection, will protect governments’ right to regulate.

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.

11 March 2016

This briefing outlines how the construction of the “Struma motorway" through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, will have a devastating impact on a unique Bulgarian and European natural treasure.

Without urgent action, EU taxpayer funds could be used to finance a motorway development that would have devastating consequences for this wildlife haven and protected habitat – despite an EU demand to tunnel the road, and the existence of clear alternatives.

22 February 2016

In January, the Canadian company TransCanada announced its plan to sue the US government for more than US$15 billion under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – following the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: one of the most notorious and reviled proposed fossil fuel projects worldwide.

17 February 2016

The European Commission has proposed a new 'Investment Court System' to replace the current investor to state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other future investment deals.

The proposed new mechanism does not resolve the biggest problems with ISDS and would expand the reach of the system, increasing the risk of claims against the European Union.

26 January 2016

This new research shows that EU billions destined to transform the carbon-intensive, inefficient energy systems of central and eastern Europe (CEE) are being misspent. In nine CEE countries only 7 per cent of the 178 billion euros in European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds will be invested into renewables, energy efficiency and SMART grids, and the integration of climate considerations into all plans and projects – as required under EU law – remains superficial.

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