1 December 2013

By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to clean energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly
and with added benefits. This briefing explores the many benefits of community energy: for the climate, for the people and communities involved in owning or running their own energy production, and for society as a whole.

1 December 2013

We need to drastically cut our emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. This means burning less fossil fuels. All over Europe communities and citizens are already taking control of their energy future and producing community-owned clean, renewable energy.

These community energy projects create lots of added benefits for the communities involved, from reduced fuels bills, to stronger community pride and of course knowing they are part of reducing global emissions.

30 November 2013

This paper, from Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch, assesses the progress, or otherwise, of environmental mainstreaming within Cohesion Policy programming in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

21 November 2013

This report is the result of an investigation into two of the world’s leading distributors of palm oil. It documents the illegal logging of land near protected forests in Indonesia by Bumitama Agri Group. The illegal activities include irregular permits, the encroachment on land which is home to endangered orangutans, and illegal clearing and landgrabbing.

4 November 2013

This study by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute for Friends of the Earth Europe looks at the impacts of Europe's 'land 'footprint'. Land is a limited global resource and changes in Europe's consumption of land are felt around the globe. 

9 September 2013

This study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for Friends of the Earth Europe finds that Europe’s drivers are being forced to fill their tanks with increasing amounts of palm oil, with reliance on the controversial biofuel set to rise even further.

According to the data, palm oil use has increased much more than predicted and now stands at 20% of the biodiesel mix. The EU consumes 40% more palm oil (for food, fuel and cosmetics) today compared to 6 years ago, despite continual warnings about the unsustainability of palm oil expansion. 

18 July 2013

This new report explores whether, a year before parliamentary elections, the risk of conflicts of interest (still) exists among those MEPs currently serving as elected representatives. The report examines the cases of individual MEPs who risk potential conflicts of interest. The findings suggest that clear risks of potential conflicts of interest remain, despite the introduction of a new ethics code for MEPs in January 2012. 

30 June 2013

In May 2014 people in 28 countries across Europe will get the chance to vote for the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who will represent them in European Union decision making. This briefing explains what MEPs do, what powers they have, how the European Parliament works, and why anyone who cares about the local, national and global environment be interested in these elections. 

 

26 June 2013

This short briefing spells out the disconnect between climate science and EU action. The European Union has often repeated its commitment to limiting global warming to 2°C yet EU leaders are assuming a 50/50 chance of overshooting the 2°C limit.

It includes recommendations for getting EU climate and energy policies to measure up to the scale of the problem.

 

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