European Union energy chiefs failed today to limit the quantities of 'food based' biofuels allowed in Europe in a key debate in Brussels. The outcome means that plans to prevent biofuels competing with food will be further delayed, pushing more people into hunger and leading to further deforestation.
This Friday (November 29) a crucial meeting will take place in Brussels which is likely to determine the fate of the EU's controversial biofuels policy.
The meeting between all EU ambassadors will aim to reach an agreement on how to reform Europe's failing biofuels policy, which Europe's energy ministers will then 'rubber stamp' when they vote on December 12.
Illegal and harmful production of palmoil in Indonesia is continuing, reveals a new report released today by Friends of the Earth.
The study concludes that voluntary guidelines, such as those established by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Environmental, Social and Governance policies (ESG) of European investors have not led to any significant improvement in the situation.
On 5th November, Friends of the Earth Europe organised a conference in Brussels to look at the role of targets in bringing about a reduction in the resources we use in Europe.
"We are certainly not heading to a future we can afford" opened European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik as he reiterated his desire for a more resource efficient Europe.
Europe’s appetite for an ever-increasing amount of land is putting huge pressure on this finite resource as well as putting other nations’ development at stake, concludes a study published today.
The new discussion paper by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute for Friends of the Earth Europe shows that a small minority of the global population, mainly located in Europe and other developed countries, are consuming more much than their fair share of land.
David Heller, from Friends of the Earth Europe, visited the village of Sepieti, on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. He met with local residents who are working with Friends of the Earth Georgia to improve their village's water and sanitation – a snapshot of the organisations nation-wide campaign to grant everyone in Georgia their right to safe water and decent sanitation.
Civil society organisations today blamed governments at the Committee on World Food Security for defending the biofuels industry rather than the people pushed into hunger by biofuels policies.
On the 5th November, Friends of the Earth Europe will hold a conference at Eurocities in Brussels to look at the role of targets in bringing about a reduction in the resources we use in Europe.
Europe is using more of the planet's minerals, metals, forests, fuels, land and water than ever before. The European Union is estimated to be using 1.5 times its own area in land every year, with 60% of the land consumed coming from outside its borders.
The burning of biofuels in Europe will continue to increase and cause food price hikes and climate emissions after the European Parliament today failed to vote for tougher restrictions on their use.
In a vote in Strasbourg on legislation to limit the quantities of 'food based' biofuels in renewable energy transport targets MEPs voted to introduce a limit on biofuels that compete with food for land and water at 6% of transport energy – representing an increase from the current level of 4.5%.
Europe’s drivers are being forced to fill their tanks with increasing amounts of rainforest-destroying palm oil, with reliance on the controversial biofuel set to rise even further, new figures released today show. According to the data, palm oil use has increased much more than predicted and is now at 20% of the biodiesel mix.