Renewables

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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EU investment plan

Repackaging EU funds already foreseen for investment fails to convince

The European Commission today presented a legislative proposal for delivering the EU investment plan outlined by Commission president Juncker. Commenting on the proposal, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts stated: "While we are glad the Commission is looking to move swiftly forward with ...


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Geopolitics, Security and Energy Transition

07.11.2014

LIVE from Istanbul - Friday 9:00 (Brussels time)

Are green recipes still apt for today's challenges? The Greens/EFA group organise a conference in Istanbul to debate about the energy transition


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Greens/EFA Roundup

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 20-24 October 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the Ebola crisis and the EU's response, the Energy and climate policy and the EU summit, Hungary's crackdown on civil society, the election of the European Commission, the EU budget, bullfighting, lobbying and the single seat and rounding up migrants in coordinated EU action.


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EU summit

EU leaders squeeze life out of climate and clean energy policy at crucial juncture

Commenting on the outcome of the summit of EU heads of state and government, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts said: "EU leaders have squeezed the life out of Europe's 2030 climate and clean energy policy. The outcome of the summit is a mistake on three fronts: environmental, economic a...


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