12. Nov. 2014

China and United States start the clock for upping ambition on the road to Paris

Today US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have made joint announcements about commitments they make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to cooperate in climate technologies. The Greens welcome that the world's two biggest emitters commit to climate action and global agreement in Paris 2015. However, they also remind that their announcements, as well as the EU Council proposal made some weeks ago, are not sufficient to maintain global warming below 2C...

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15. Oct. 2014 blog

The 2030 framework: European heads of state must show climate leadership

On 23 and 24 October 2014, our leaders are expected to decide on Europe’s future action to avoid dangerous global temperature rise. While the proposed target of reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 is clearly insufficient to tackle climate change, some governments are trying to water this target down even further. They want to carry-over the hot air from the current EU climate framework, thereby putting a dark shadow over EU’s 2030 climate target.  

07. Oct. 2014 blog

Shale gas in Europe? No fracking way!

This year again, Global Frackdown - an international day of action against fracking, shale gas and the development of unconventional oil and gas - will take place on 11th October. Today two EU NGOs - FOEE and Food & Water Europe - organised an action in front of the European Parliament in Brussels in order to alert European deputies on all the risks concerning shale gas and fracking. The Green Members joined them to show their solidarity with the anti-fracking movement.  

30. Sep. 2014 blog

"Canete? niete!"

Last week, the Greens decided to write to President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to express their some of their biggest worries regarding the future college of the European Commission and its 'mission' and structure in particular. While the Greens have many uncertainties about a series of candidates, they have particular concerns over Miguel Arias Cañete, who could be attributed the European Commission's portfolio on climate and energy...  

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Ecofys/ FOEE's short analysis of the Parliament's resolution on 2030 climate and energy package

The resolution of the European Parliament of 5 February 2014 supporting a 30% share of renewables in final energy consumption by 2030 and a 40% energy savings target (“30%/40% target”) is likely to lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions in 2030 in the range between 45% and 54% compared to 1990 levels. This is estimated by Ecofys commissioned by Friends of the Earth. The resolution itself states a minimum greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 40%, compared to 1990 levels. Earlier, the European Commission had made a proposal for supporting a 27% share of renewables in final energy consumption and 25% energy savings and at least 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030.