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Press release |

REPowerEU: Commission takes step towards ending dependence on Russian oil and gas

The European Commission presented the REPowerEU package of proposals on how to make the EU independent of fossil fuels, in particular from Russia. The Greens/EFA Group welcome legal and binding measures for more renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as the proposed legal obligation to install solar energy on all new public and c…
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Offshore wind farm / CC0 Nicholas Doherty
Offshore wind farm / CC0 Nicholas Doherty
Press release |

Putin’s war shows EU must embrace renewables and ditch fossil fuels to reach energy independence

Ahead of the debate in the European Parliament on energy independence, the European Commission has published its Communication "Joint European Action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy". It is in the EU’s hands to decide whether it will remain energy dependent on despotic rulers. Greens/EFA call on the Commission to massiv…
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Central yard European Parliament Strasbourg
News |

Plenary Flash 14-17 February 2022

On the agenda of the plenary : European security and Russia's military threat against Ukraine, empowering European youth, safeguards for cross-border associations and non-profit organisations, the rule of law and ECJ ruling,...
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Press release |

Commission proposal to label gas & nuclear as sustainable tantamount to greenwashing

The European Commission published its final draft of the Delegated Act to the EU Taxonomy Regulation, which seeks to list gas and nuclear projects as potential sustainable investments. The Delegated Act is supposed to classify which financial investments may be labelled as sustainable. The Greens/EFA Group strongly objects to the inclusio…
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© Thomas Mounsey
Global Warming Metaphor Thomas Mounsey
Press release |

Promises must be met with climate action this decade

Talks at the COP26 UN Climate Conference have resulted in a series of ill-defined promises and announcements, insufficient to keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C. We are still far from reducing our global emissions by 45% by 2030. The Greens/EFA Group also criticises the last-minute change submitted by China and India to further wea…
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Gas pipeline
Policy Paper |

Alternatives to gas projects on the 5th PCI are possible

In the middle of COP26, here is a Green/EFA proposal to replace fossil gas projects with projects to achieve a 100% renewable based energy system. Alternative projects aligned with EU climate targets are available!
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Photo by Bill Mead on Unsplash
Solar panels on a roof - picture credit Bill Mead on Unsplash
Study |

The socio-economic impacts of renewable energy in EU regions

The Climate Law and its strengthened 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target requires a substantial acceleration of RES deployment in the EU in the next years. Ensuring socio-economic benefits for local communities will be key to the social and political acceptability of this rapid energy transition. ...
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Child holding a balloon during a climate march/ CC0 Mika Baumeister
Child holding a balloon during a climate march/ CC0 Mika Baumeister
Opinion |

Are we fit for 2030?

It’s been called Fit for 55, Fit for 1.5 and now Fit for 2030. EU jargon aside, this new EU climate package is about our future on a liveable planet and finding a fair way to get there.
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Wind turbines in a field/ CC0 Alex Eckermann
Wind turbines in a field/ CC0 Alex Eckermann
Event |

Safeguarding the renewable energy directive (RED II)

The Renewable Energy Directive has been the EU’s central policy tool to reduce renewable energy costs, boost renewable deployment and create a booming renewable energy industry across Europe.
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Press release |

Sustainable investment criteria released but uphill battle continues to exclude gas & nuclear

The European Commission has presented its criteria for sustainable investments, following the Taxonomy Regulation that was negotiated by Greens/EFA MEP Bas Eickhout in late 2019 and approved by the Parliament in June 2020. The criteria released today provides more insight into how sustainable financial products can be labelled and allows …