9 March 2007

March 9th, Brussels - As pivotal debate about Europe's future energy policy took place at the EU Spring Council today, Friends of the Earth constructed a 12m-high bright blue and yellow flag right outside the meeting, demanding that governments stop climate change, cut energy waste and choose renewables. The flag followed the design of the famous EU flag, but contained symbols for sustainable energy choices in the golden stars and was formed by hundreds of people from across Europe, dressed in blue on a giant frame. [1]

6 March 2007

Brussels, March 6th - Friends of the Earth Europe has demanded that governments focus on the impending threat of climate change when they settle Europe's energy future at the EU Spring Council at the end of this week. As EU leaders agree on the energy Action Plan on Friday, hundreds of activists from fifteen countries across Europe will form a Giant EU Energy Flag right outside the meeting, demanding that governments "Stop Climate Change. Cut energy waste. Choose renewables."

17 November 2006

Nairobi/Brussels, 17 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today called on the European Union to urgently push the issue of climate change to the highest political level, as UN negotiations on climate change in the Kenyan capital Nairobi ended today with mixed results and only modest progress on the international climate treaty, Kyoto. [1]

Jan Kowalzig, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said:

15 November 2006

Nairobi/Brussels, 15 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today urged the European Union to inject urgency into negotiations on future action to fight climate change, as ministers from 165 countries arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi for the last days of the UN climate talks. Governments are discussing new action after 2012, when the first phase of the Kyoto climate change treaty expires. [1]

3 November 2006

Brussels, 3 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today demanded strong leadership by European governments at next week's United Nations climate conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, as tens of thousands of people prepare for worldwide demonstrations tomorrow to demand urgent action to save our climate [1].

22 June 2006

Brussels, 22 June 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe have demanded urgent climate action from European governments, after new data reveals that overall EU emissions continue to rise. The latest figures, released by the European Commission today, show that EU emissions actually rose by 0.4% in 2004 relative to the previous year[1].

In 2004, the combined EU-15 [2] emissions were only 0.9% below 1990 levels, meaning that the EU-15 is shamefully off-course to meet its international Kyoto Protocol obligations to cut greenhouse pollution by 8% by 2012.

24 March 2006

Brussels, 24 March 2006 - The EU summit has adopted an energy strategy that will undermine global efforts to drastically cut down greenhouse gas pollution in order to limit dangerous climate change, Friends of the Earth charged today.

The "Energy Policy for Europe", agreed last night, aims at securing yet more oil and more gas imports and fails to make energy efficiency and renewable energies its central priority.

14 March 2006

Brussels, 14 March 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe activists today protested in front of the EU Council building, against the energy policy of the European Union by setting up a 10m high inflatable dinosaur depicting dirty energy technologies as well as an inflatable nuclear power station. A banner read: "Dirty Fossil, Dangerous Nukes? The Future Is Renewable!". Activists distributed to officials entering the Council building edible mini power stations made from pastry.

14 March 2006

Brussels, 14 March 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe activists today protested in front of the EU Council building, against the energy policy of the European Union by setting up a 10m high inflatable dinosaur depicting dirty energy technologies as well as an inflatable nuclear power station. A banner read: "Dirty Fossil, Dangerous Nukes? The Future Is Renewable!". Activists distributed to officials entering the Council building edible mini power stations made from pastry. [1]

23 April 2004

Brussels, 23 April 2004 : Three leading environmental groups are demanding the European Commission put forward a new target for boosting the share of renewable energy used in Europe to 25% by the year 2020.

The move follows the leaking of a draft Communication that reviews Europe's renewables policies, and which indicates that the Directorate General for Energy has so far refrained from proposing any new target.

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