13 June 2013

Glyphosate is the world's best-selling weed killer and one of the most widely used herbicides in Europe. It is crucial for growing genetically modified (GM) crops, many of which are modified to withstand glyphosate.

Concerns surround the safety of glyphosate particularly about its effect on human health, particularly on the hormone system, and its impact on the wider environment. 

31 May 2013

Our Annual Review of 2012 focuses on the Friends of the Earth Europe network, and brings the voices of eight individuals involved with our work across Europe. It also celebrates five years of Young Friends of the Earth Europe, our youth-led, grassroots network.

You will find highlights from our campaigns in Brussels, and key successes from our 31 member groups across Europe, alongside financial information and our aims for the year ahead.

22 May 2013

These two factsheets show that shale gas is not the economic miracle heralded by its proponents. Using figures from key industry sources and economic experts, these documents show that shale gas could at best only represent 2-3% of the European gas demand in 2030 and could be up to three times more expensive to develop compared to the US.

10 May 2013

Why Europe needs three ambitious and binding targets for 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and develop renewable energies to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.

And how these will encourage investment in solutions that will cut Europe’s emissions at the rate and scale science tells us is needed, and also create decent jobs, improve energy security and save money for consumers and businesses alike.

7 March 2013

Based on newly available data this report sheds lights on Europe’s role as a major user of global land resources.

Europe’s high consumption levels, and insatiable appetite for meat, dairy, textiles and other products that require large areas of land, mean Europe’s 'land footprint' remains one of the largest in the world.  

3 March 2013

Between now and the end of 2013, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will undergo a major reform. This means that on the 1st of January 2014, a new agriculture policy for the European Union with a new budget will enter into force.

27 February 2013

The European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year by 2020 providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target, this report shows.

The study also looks to 2030 and finds that net savings in the order of €250 billion per year could be achieved if the EU reduces its energy use by roughly 35% below current levels by 2030.

14 February 2013

The European Union currently landfills and incinerates 60% of municipal waste. Valuable materials which could be recycled or re-used are being thrown away as rubbish, contributing to demand for more raw materials.  

In the case of textiles, for example, Europeans discard 5.8 million tonnes every year, with 75% going to landfill or incineration and only 25% being recycled. 

The study concludes that in order to move to a zero-waste Europe, higher recycling targets need to be accompanied with targets for reuse and waste prevention.

28 January 2013

Canadian government ministers have been actively lobbying the governments of 11 EU member states, European Parliament and Commission to weaken one of the EU’s headline pieces of climate legislation, the Fuel Quality Directive. Friends of the Earth Europe has revealed the details of this lobbying in this lobby diary. This is an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands. Gordon Campbell, the Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, went so far as to describe tar sands as “a totemic issue, hitting directly on Brand Canada”.

3 December 2012

Our report analyses the investment needs in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to ensure a transition to a low-carbon economy, and the positive effects this will have on employment and regional development. We looked at over 20 different EU, governmental, academic, NGO and expert sources listing the needs of seven new member states: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The conclusions provide an interesting outlook for the next financial period of the EU budget, 2014-2020.

 

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