1 October 2014

This October, European leaders will be setting Europe's climate and energy targets for the next sixteen years. The targets proposed so far by the European Commission (30%) are disappointingly low and seriously unambitious. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for three, binding, ambitious targets.

One such target is energy efficiency. Below, we looked at how these targets impact the climate, economy, employment and energy security, using the European Commission's official projections.

23 July 2014

The European Commission today announced the level of reduction in energy use it wants Europe to achieve by 2030. The 30% energy savings target has been branded "bafflingly low" by Friends of the Earth Europe.

27 June 2014

Heads of state discussed climate and energy issues at a meeting in Brussels today, but their efforts to reduce dependence on energy imports are being blocked by the European Commission.

The majority of EU governments want to increase energy efficiency as a way to reduce import dependence. Today they confirmed that they plan to reach agreement in October on a package of measures to cut climate emissions, increase renewable energy, and reduce energy demand by 2030.

19 June 2014

EU bosses in Brussels yesterday agreed to recommend that Europe aims to reduce its energy use by 27% by 2030, Friends of the Earth Europe has learned.

A 27% energy savings target for 2030 is "pitifully weak" and far below the EU's real energy savings potential according to the environmental campaign group.

21 March 2014

The European Union's 28 heads of state and government discussed climate and energy targets for 2030 for the first time at a summit in Brussels today. The options they are considering put dirty industry interests ahead of citizens and the planet and will not bring about the transition to the clean energy system urgently needed, reacted Friends of the Earth Europe.

22 January 2014

EU plans to tackle climate change by the year 2030, announced in Brussels today, have been heavily criticized by environment group Friends of the Earth Europe.

The policies proposed by the European Commission disregard climate science which makes it clear the need to drastically cut emissions to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming is getting more urgent all the time.

27 November 2013

Friends of the Earth Hungary/MTVSZ took action today to call on Hungarian decision makers to finally live up to their political promises and allocate more public funds to energy saving and environmental protection.

The 'live house' action urged the government to use the EU funds it receives to fulfil their stated climate and energy commitments.

Activists formed representations of two houses – a badly insulated one and a well-insulated one – close to the parliament and the relevant ministry buildings in Budapest.

17 September 2013

Hnutí Duha/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic today launched a new campaign which aims to cut energy use across the country.

Czech Republic
27 March 2013

Brussels, March 27 - EU officials today published details of their planned approach to climate and energy policy until 2030. Friends of the Earth Europe has described the plans as ‘dangerously inadequate’ and particularly criticised the lack of legally binding targets to encourage more energy from renewables and more energy savings.

The European Commission’s strategy paper [1] indicates the executive’s clear support for a legally binding target for reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

27 February 2013

A new report out today shows that the European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target [1].

The report written by Ecofys and commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe 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 2005 levels by 2030.


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