EU Climate Policy

13. Feb. 2013

The EU can and must be a climate leader

EU leaders have agreed to a binding target of a 20% reduction of carbon emissions levels by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The EU is already on its way to achieving its climate target. The Greens/EFA group thus pushes the EU to increase its own domestic climate ambition and set itself a binding target of at least 30% by 2020. Such a decision would foster the green economy, incite investment in renewable energy sources and create green jobs. By raising its emissions target the EU would also strongly encourage the rest of the world to take further climate action and give some momentum to international climate discussions.



21. Jan. 2014 newsletter



16. Jan. 2014 blog

The European Commission fails citizens and favours shale lobbies!

This week saw leaked draft recommendations and a draft communication on shale gas from the European Commission circulated widely before their proposed release next week as part of an overall climate and energy package. After months of planning, consultation, studies identifying how legislative proposals are necessary, the Commission has given in to the huge pressure put on them by a handful of fossil fuel companies...  

19. Nov. 2013 video

Kick coal out of the climate talks!

The international coal and climate summit organised by the Polish Ministry of Economy takes place on 18 and 19th November, right in the middle of the UN climate negotiations. The Greens, together with the NGOs and numerous environmentalists have heavily criticised the decision and denounced the very heavy lobby of the coal industry on COP19. Coal is 15 times more polluting than renewables and 2 times higher than gas. With the world currently being on a trajectory to 6C warming (and 4C by the end of the century) according to the IEA, there is clearly no place for coal!

18. Nov. 2013 video

Activists march in Warsaw against climate change

After the 2 days climate and energy conference ' Citizens' energy for a good climate' organised by the Greens/EFA group on 15th and 16th November in Warsaw, the group joined the march organised by the Polish Green movement'.