Renewables

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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Environmental & Cultural Sustainability in Lužyca/Lausitz

25.02.2015

Greens/EFA Conference

Interpretation: DE/FR/EN/ES Final Programme 16h30 - 16h40 - François Alfonsi, EFA President Welcoming word. 16h40 - 16h55 - Hannes Wilhelm­ Kell, President of Lužycka Alianca/Lausitzer Allianz The impact of brown coal mines and thermal power plants on the water balance and air quality. 16h55 - 17...


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Energy union

Missed opportunity for promoting real energy transition in Europe

<xml> </xml> The European Commission today presented its proposal for a European energy union, which will be discussed by EU leaders at a summit next month. Commenting on the proposals, Green energy spokesperson Claude Turmes said: "The energy union should be a flagship project for...


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Lignite mining in Lusatia - an environmental and cultural catastrophe

The ecological and social consequences of large scale lignite mining were the focus of a conference at the European parliament organised by the European Free Alliance, in conjunction with local campaigners from Lusatia in Eastern Germany. Lignite - also known as 'brown coal' - is a low grade form of...


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Biofuels, land use and climate

MEPs address some flaws in EU biofuels policy but problems remain

 The European Parliament's environment committee today voted on legislative proposals on biofuels, aimed at curbing the negative impact on the climate associated with indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuel production. The Greens welcomed the vote to ensure that the greenhouse gas emissi...


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Energy union

Greens present vision for a sustainable European energy union

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament today presented its proposal for a European energy union (1), ahead of anticipated proposals from the European Commission over the coming month. Commenting on the Green energy union paper, Green energy spokesperson Claude Turmes said: "The energy ...


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A Green Energy Union

An investment agenda to create jobs in Europe, contribute to halting climate change and restore EU geopolitical capital

A Green Energy Union means a common energy policy in the EU based on renewables and energy efficiency, enabling us to democratically address the most important challenges of our time.


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