10 May 2016

The European Commission's revised Circular Economy Package, published in December 2015, is weaker and less ambitious than the original version that was withdrawn in 2014, but there’s a chance to fix this.

As the European Council and Parliament begin to put together their positions on the revised waste directives, this briefing by 11 organisations, including Friends of the Earth Europe, offers ten key improvements to get the package back on track.

25 January 2016

The laws that protect nature across Europe – the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives (known as the 'nature directives') – are currently being reviewed by the European Union as part of the REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme) process. The review will continue until the end of 2016.

In this report, Friends of the Earth outlines its concerns that the EU may weaken these crucial laws that form the cornerstone of nature protection and restoration.

25 November 2015

Based on leaked drafts of the European Commission’s revised waste and resource legislation - the Circular Economy Package - this briefing report analyses the key points involved and the expectations of Friends of the Earth Europe for the proposal.

After last year’s Package was controversially shelved, the Commission has promised to release the proposals in a "more ambitious" form on Wednesday, 2 December, 2015.

9 November 2015

Following the revelations and wider implications of the dieselgate emissions scandal, European organisations sent this open letter to the Presidents of the European Institutions calling for EU action to protect citizens from air pollution and the manipulative and fraudulent behaviour of carmakers.

2 November 2015

One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups issued this statement criticising the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and the Health & Environment Alliance said that this had been “a lost year” for environmental protection.

1 October 2015

The European Commission launched an initiative that aims at promoting the transition to the circular economy through a comprehensive approach that integrates the whole value chain. Agriculture is a clear example of a sector that could readily operate to circular principles. At present, however, it is linear in its structure. It uses unnecessarily high levels of inputs, a large proportion of which are not converted into edible products but instead result in wasteful and environmentally damaging outputs. The circular economy package needs to inlcude agriculture.

27 August 2015

There is land embodied in everything we consume – our food, our electronic devices, our clothes. With Europe having one of the highest consumption rates in the world, where are we getting all this land from and what impacts is it having on people and planet?

22 May 2015

A coalition of groups [1], including Friends of the Earth Europe, ActionAid, Birdlife, Oxfam and the European Environment Bureau have united to send this call to the European Commission to include work on land as a resource in its work programme for 2016.

A European Commission paper on this topic was initially planned for 2015, but was absent from the Commission’s work plan earlier this year.

30 April 2015

Our current model of economic growth is unsustainable on a planet of finite resources. Europe is already consuming more than its fair share of natural resources, with devastating impacts on ecosystems and communities. The availability of resources is, and will remain, a cause of conflict as the global population increases, middle classes grow and developing nations expand their economies.