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New report illustrates why energy giants want to keep EU dependent on imported fossil...

Press release | October 9, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – As European Union (EU) leaders prepare to decide on the future of Europe’s energy supply, a new report details why our largest energy companies want the EU to continue to rely on imported fossil fuel despite the political,...

Sell-out on UK nuclear plan exposes Commission to legal challenges

Press release | October 8, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – The European Commission has for the first time cleared a plan for taxpayers to heavily subsidise the construction of a nuclear power plant in the EU. Two new reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom, will receive up to €20...

Commission ignores emissions from tar sands under EU clean fuel standards

Press release | October 7, 2014 at 12:58

Brussels – Oil from tar sands and other high carbon sources would be excluded from fuel carbon accounting under a plan released today by the European Commission, warned Greenpeace.

Bratušek links energy union portfolio to climate policy but struggles to impress

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 17:25

Brussels – As parliamentary hearings for the Juncker Commission enter their second week, Commissioner-designate Alenka Bratušek, aspiring vice-president for the energy union, was in the dock this afternoon. In her opening statement she outlined...

Activists to EU ministers: people want renewable energy and energy efficiency

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 11:12

Brussels/Milan – Greenpeace volunteers delivered a message to EU ministers for energy and environment meeting today in Milan. Activists from Italy, Germany, France and Austria unfurled a banner reading “people want renewables and energy...

Cañete appointment undermined by conflict of interests and poor track record

Press release | October 1, 2014 at 20:29

Brussels – Commenting on today’s European Parliament hearing of candidate commissioner for climate and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said: “Cañete clearly worked hard to present himself as the right man for the...

Leaked paper shows Commission could grant unprecedented taxpayer funding for Hinkley...

Press release | October 1, 2014 at 12:01

Brussels – A leaked paper disclosed by German magazine der Spiegel [1] has shown the European Commission is on the verge of approving eye-watering amounts of public funding to build nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom,...

Commissioner Hearings 2014: Andriukaitis voices commitment to protect Europeans’...

Press release | September 30, 2014 at 12:32

Brussels - Commenting on today’s hearing of commissioner candidate for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director said: “This wasn’t a bad performance. He showed his commitment to...

Environment and fisheries candidate Vella fails to convince

Press release | September 29, 2014 at 16:24

Brussels --- The first of the commissioners’ hearings scheduled over the next two weeks, Karmenu Vella’s performance today raised concerns about the ability of president Juncker’s Commission to play its institutional role of safeguarding...

New York Climate Summit: EU should aim higher on climate and energy targets

Press release | September 23, 2014 at 16:50

Brussels --- The first leader addressing the special Climate Summit in New York today, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, announced that the EU plans to adopt 2030 climate and energy targets by October.

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