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2015

Topic | January 12, 2015 at 12:06

2015 Publications

Nous sommes tous Charlie

Blog entry by Jean-François Julliard | January 8, 2015

Greenpeace extends its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday's heinous attack on the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were fervent advocates of democracy...

EU leaders pull handbrake on clean energy

Press release | October 24, 2014 at 1:59

Brussels – Despite considerable opposition by some governments, in the early hours of Friday morning EU leaders agreed three targets for carbon emission reductions, renewable energy and energy efficiency for 2030. But these targets are too low,...

Concerns remain over Juncker Commission’s commitment to environment

Press release | October 22, 2014 at 14:17

With today’s vote by the European Parliament a new political phase begins in the European Union. The Green 10 alliance of leading environmental organisations calls on President Juncker and his team of Commissioners to give European citizens, and...

Wo ist Angela Merkel?

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | October 22, 2014

As Europe’s politicians decide about the bloc’s energy future (some even call it an Energy Union) on Thursday and Friday this week, the German government appears to have left the stage. Earlier this month, the European Commission...

Good cop, bad cop and the usual suspects at the EU October summit

Publication | October 17, 2014 at 13:05

MEDIA BRIEFING - Next week, on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October, EU leaders will meet in Brussels to agree on EU climate and energy targets up to 2030.

Companies call on EU leaders to back ambitious climate and energy policies

Blog entry by Jorgo Riss | October 14, 2014

In the past, politicians have often been the ones pushing companies to become more conscious of health and safety issues. American politicians insisted that car companies install seatbelts. European politicians voted for hormone...

Q&A "Tied down" report

Publication | October 9, 2014 at 10:28

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Q&A "Tied down" report

Publication | October 9, 2014 at 10:28

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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,...

Tied down: Why Europe’s energy giants want to keep us hooked on imported fossil fuels

Publication | October 9, 2014 at 10:09

Greenpeace’s report "Tied down: Why Europe’s energy giants want to keep us hooked on imported fossil fuels", shows Europe’s eight biggest power companies rely on imports for a third of their revenue from EU sales of power and gas. In 2011, they...

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...

Tell politicians deciding our energy future: listen to people not the polluters!

Blog entry by Virag Kaufer | October 2, 2014

In three short weeks, on 23 and 24 October, Europe’s political leaders meet in Brussels to agree on a European energy policy that will last for decades to come. These politicians are under pressure, especially after the climate...

Study on energy costs and subsidies in the European Union

Publication | October 1, 2014 at 17:00

This letter was addressed by Greenpeace EU and WWF to European Commission Vice-President Günther Oettinger on 1 October 2014, expressing concern that a planned review of costs and subsidies in the energy sector could be delayed beyond his term as...

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,...

Memorandum on the incompatibility of state aid to Hinkley Point C with the internal...

Publication | September 24, 2014 at 10:16

State aid to the Hinckley Point C new nuclear power station – violation of Article 8 (1) of Directive 2009/72/EC – incompatibility with the internal market.

Comment on Almunia support for Hinkley nuclear plan

Press release | September 22, 2014 at 16:01

Brussels – Commenting on media reports of European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia’s support for the approval of public funding for the construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station, Greenpeace EU legal adviser Andrea Carta...

Juncker makes controversial choices for Commission environment and energy portfolios

Press release | September 10, 2014 at 13:44

Brussels - Commenting on the choice of candidates for the new Commission led by incoming president Jean-Claude Juncker, Greenpeace EU managing director Mahi Sideridou said:

NGOs call for debate on how to put science at the heart of EU politics

Press release | August 19, 2014 at 8:30

Brussels - Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote...

Beware the omniscient scientific adviser

Blog entry by Dr. Paul Johnston | July 25, 2014

Are Europe’s polluters demanding more scrutiny of their operations? Well, unsurprisingly, no, but industry lobbyists putting pressure on the European Commission to increase the power of its chief scientific adviser does sound...

NGO letter on EU chief scientific advisor

Publication | July 25, 2014 at 12:00

Addressed to Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker

Commission energy efficiency plan a gift to oligarchs

Press release | July 23, 2014 at 14:44

Brussels – Greenpeace has criticised a European Commission plan on energy efficiency released today for failing to respond to Europe’s energy import dependence and the challenge of climate change.

Activists protesting at EU summit released from police custody

Press release | June 27, 2014 at 16:07

Brussels – Thirty-five Greenpeace activists who took part in a protest against EU energy policies at an EU summit in Brussels this morning are being released by police after being held in custody for several hours. The climbers from six European...

Activists blame role of energy companies in EU’s ‘dangerous driving’ on energy security

Press release | June 27, 2014 at 8:48

Brussels – In a daring action during a summit of Europe’s most powerful political leaders in Brussels, activists have blamed Europe’s largest energy companies for fuelling the EU’s dependence on energy imports. Draft EU plans on energy would play...

Roadmap report

Publication | June 25, 2014 at 11:34

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Will EU leaders pick a winner… for energy security?

Press release | June 25, 2014 at 9:37

Brussels – As EU leaders consider measures to improve Europe’s energy security at a summit in Brussels, a new report has exposed European Commission plans as woefully inadequate to cut reliance on energy imports, said Greenpeace. The report...

Media briefing: draft EU plan misses out on huge potential to cut energy imports, report

Publication | June 25, 2014 at 8:00

Strong EU commitments on renewable energy and energy efficiency could reduce the need for imports by 45 per cent by 2030 compared to the EU’s existing plans, according to a new report released today. The report comes as EU leaders prepare to meet...

Energy Independence Roadmap

Background | June 24, 2014 at 11:18

Draft EU plan misses out on huge potential to cut energy imports – report

EU energy ministers warm to 2030 efficiency target

Press release | June 13, 2014 at 13:30

Luxembourg/Brussels – Discussions between European energy ministers today in Luxembourg have revealed growing support for energy efficiency, said Greenpeace.

Italian presidency to tackle EU energy future and genetically modified crops

Publication | June 6, 2014 at 12:33

Italy will take over the six-month presidency of the council of the European Union in July 2014. During these months, a number of important environmental and energy issues will be at the heart of European politics.

La presidenza italiana dell’Unione Europea deve occuparsi del futuro dell’energia e...

Publication | June 6, 2014 at 12:24

Italian version of the media briefing on the Italian presidency of the EU. The document is also available in English.

G7: no breakthrough on energy independence

Press release | June 5, 2014 at 15:05

Brussels – A meeting of the G7 ends today in Brussels with no breakthrough on the burning issue of energy independence. The leaders of the world’s most industrialised nations were grappling with the effects of the Ukraine crisis on European security.

G7 shouldn’t sacrifice European security to suit energy giants

Press release | June 4, 2014 at 9:00

Brussels – As the G7 meets in Brussels today to agree a response to the Ukraine crisis, Greenpeace warned the leaders of the world’s major industrial nations not to sacrifice Europe’s security and the climate for the benefit of the fossil fuels...

Greenpeace G7 opinion poll

Publication | June 3, 2014 at 18:40

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Commission energy security plan would prolong addiction to EU energy imports

Press release | May 28, 2014 at 13:15

Brussels – Greenpeace has criticised a European Commission plan on EU energy security released today for potentially prolonging Europe’s addiction to energy imports of polluting and expensive fossil fuels.

Media briefing on the Commission’s energy security strategy

Publication | May 28, 2014 at 8:30

The Ukraine crisis has once again highlighted Europe’s vulnerability to energy import disruptions. There is a risk that, as in 2006 and 2009, gas imports from Russia through Ukraine could drop or dry up completely. These imports represent over...

Leaked Commission energy security plan keeps EU hooked on energy imports

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | May 21, 2014

As tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine in March, raising fears of disruptions to European gas supplies, EU leaders asked the European Commission to draw up a plan to reduce the EU’s energy dependence. The EU spends over €1bn...

Energy lunch debate

Publication | May 21, 2014 at 11:09

Greenpeace is organising a lunch debate where experts, policymakers and stakeholders will debate the future of EU's energy security, addressing in particular the measures the EU could take to reduce its dependency on energy imports.

European leaders play Russian roulette with energy policy

Publication | May 6, 2014 at 9:30

Russia's annexation of Crimea has sparked intense political debate about Europe’s dependence on Russian energy and pushed the issue onto the agenda of several high level political meetings. The G7 group of leading industrialised economies,...

New EU state aid rules a blow for UK nuclear energy plan – Greenpeace

Press release | April 9, 2014 at 12:39

Brussels – New rules on state aid adopted today by the European Commission will make it harder for the UK and other governments to subsidise nuclear energy projects like the new reactors at Hinkley Point, said Greenpeace.

Annex I Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 13:30

State Aid Submission Hinkley Point - Annex I

Annex III Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 13:00

State Aid Submission Hinkley point - Annex III

Annex II Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 13:00

State Aid Submission Hinkley Point - Annex II

Greenpeace submission to the European Commission on the UK nuclear plan at Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 11:59

The GP submission outlines how the Hinkley plan would violate EU competition rules.

EU summit: to Russia with love… and cash

Press release | March 21, 2014 at 13:39

Brussels – EU leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels have postponed decisions on a new climate and energy deal that could help wean Europe off expensive energy imports, said Greenpeace. The heads of state and government recognised the need for...

Energy: a thorny issue for the EU summit

Publication | March 19, 2014 at 8:03

Top billing at this week's EU summit (20 and 21 March) will go to the crisis unfolding in Ukraine. Beyond immediate security concerns, developments in Crimea are likely to focus the minds of EU leaders on the need to strengthen the EU’s energy...

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