10 November 2013

The European Commission started developing the EU's resource efficiency agenda by including it as one of the pillars of the Europe 2020 strategy – its 10 year overarching plan launched in 2010. This briefing outlines the seven key steps that the EU can take to use fewer resources and ensure that we live in a world where there are enough resources for everyone while we simultaneously become more resource resilient?

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. 

2 July 2013

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU are currently considering reforms that could change the course of biofuels policy – by ensuring that only biofuels that "help achieving substantial emission cuts, do not directly compete with food and are more sustainable at the same time" are promoted.

However, a new analysis by Searchinger shows that the proposal being debated does not deliver this.

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.  

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.

1 December 2012

This briefing examines the root causes of Europe's biofuels policy, and its costly environmental impacts - particularly on Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC), CO2 emissions, food prices, water usage, biodiversity, and landgrabbing.

1 November 2011

This research shows how Europe’s material consumption is threatening the world’s water supply and Europe is neglecting the catastrophic consequences that water stress and scarcity will have in the continent and in the rest of the world. Europe’s high levels of water use are characteristic of alarming levels of resource use by a minority of the global population. This imbalance in water use has already resulted in water conflicts in parts of the world where water is scarcest.

1 October 2011

New research commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe from Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) shows the scale of flows of ‘virtual land’ around the world – this is all the land that has been used to produce traded products. Europe’s 'land footprint' is one of the largest in the world, and the continent is more dependent on land from outside its borders than any other, contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, and negative social impacts like land-grabbing and land rights violations.

1 June 2011

This briefing demonstrates that biofuels are a false solution for the aviation industry. The social and environmental impacts of current biofuels can be devastating: they cause deforestation, food price rises, hunger, poverty, biodiversity loss and they often produce more GHG emissions than the fossil fuels they replace. Biofuels present the aviation industry with a convenient blind alley, facilitating the industry’s expansion plans and avoiding pressure to reduce their fuel use and diverting political attention from the real need to cut air travel in order to reduce climate change.