Renewables

Dismantling the nuclear argument

02.09.2015

Why nuclear is no climate-friendly solution!

Lately there has been an increasing openness towards and support of nuclear energy in Europe. In the run-up to the COP 21 in Paris the lobbying efforts by the nuclear industry are intensifying. Huge amounts of money are spent to promote nuclear power as "low carbon technology" or "climate-friendly indigenous energy source", in order to encourage the construction of new nuclear reactors and prevent the shutdown of dangerous old reactors that cannot compete economically with clean energy sources like wind and solar power.


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A greener Europe through interconnected electricity grids

The main arguments of Greens/EFA MEP Peter Eriksson’s initiative report to be debated on 15 July 2015 in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE).


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 6-9 July 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included corporate tax transparency and reporting, TTIP, circular economy, emissions trading system – market stability reserve, energy transition and green job creation, debate with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras, Greens/EFA group nomination for the Sakharov Prize, copyright reform, Srebrenica Commemoration.


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Circular economy

Cross-party majority calls for ambitious new circular economy package

The European Parliament’s Environment committee today adopted a report on the circular economy. The European Commission’s withdrawal of its initial legislative proposal on the circular economy drew heavy criticism from the European Parliament, EU Environment ministers and civil society. This rep...


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Investing in a sustainable future

15.05.2015

Croatian society mobilised for climate and environment

LIVESTREAMING - The Greens/EFA group hostq a conference in Croatia, with a focus on how Green policies can provide solutions to the EU’s energy supply and jobs crises. The conference will look at the Croatian context but also the European context and the forthcoming UN climate summit in Paris.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 27-30 April 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included fishery discards are back; reducing plastic bag use; biofuels’ climate problem and land use: problem unsolved; Bangladesh tragedy and the textile industry's responsibility; light touch regulation of shadow banking funds; EU budget discharge and problems with ITER nuclear fusion project; EP budget 2016 and MEPs' allowances; Europe's refugee shame and sea rescue; quicker access to funding for youth employment schemes; European Investment Bank's transparency and accountability deficit.


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Biofuels, land use and climate

Climate-damaging biofuels will continue to be promoted under new EU rules

The European Parliament voted to approve new EU rules on biofuels. The rules had originally aimed at curbing the negative impact on the climate associated with indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuel production and the problems associated with fuel crops but the Greens expressed concern that ...


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Biofuels, land use and climate

Problems with EU biofuels policy prolonged under compromised new rules

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted to endorse an agreement reached between the Parliament and EU governments on new EU rules on biofuels. The rules had aimed at curbing the negative impact on the climate associated with indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuel producti...


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EU summit

Flagship energy union project risks being stillborn

EU heads of state and government will meet for a summit on Thursday and Friday, with proposals for a European energy union and relations with Russia at the top of the agenda. Ahead of the summit, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "The energy union should be a f...


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Fukushima anniversary

Time to switch power


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Fukushima: Time to switch power source

Climate campaign blog

Today marks the 4th year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. In Japan, the situation is far from being back to normal. The health impacts on the local population have increased and the impacts on the local economy are equally threatening. Despite this catastrophe, which shows once again that this energy source is far too dangerous and costly, some European governments and EU officials are still not bold enough to put an end to it: they continue to bow down to the nuclear lobby, agreeing to give them large direct and indirect subsidies...


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Lunch Debate

04.03.2015

Fukushima four years later

Four years after the Fukushima disaster it´s time to take stock: with Tetsunari Iida, executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies and advisor on renewable energy to the Japanese Government.


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