Publications

EU Commission ‘Fit for 55’ package unfit to contain climate crisis

July 2021

Despite a series of eye-catching announcements, a package of policy proposals released by the European Commission on Wednesday is unfit to tackle the climate crisis, warned Greenpeace.

Six things to look out for in EU Commission’s ‘fit for 55’ climate package

July 2021

On 14 July, the Commission will formally kick off the complex process of turning a continent-wide climate target into concrete policy measures. But the measures will fail to cut off…

‘Green’ light for ECB’s monetary policy, but goes too slow

July 2021

Brussels/Frankfurt – The European Central Bank (ECB) has agreed today that soon only companies in line with the Paris climate agreement will be eligible for corporate sector asset purchases.

Invisible methane leakages all over Europe fuelling the climate crisis

June 2021

Alarming new images of significant and unaddressed methane leaks taken in seven European countries reveal industry negligence, regulatory ignorance, and a hidden climate disaster, writes Silvia Pastorelli.

Legal analysis finds ECB and Bundesbank cannot dodge climate action

June 2021

A new legal analysis commissioned by Greenpeace Germany reveals that Europe's central banks are obliged to take climate action and include climate criteria in monetary policy. The study, issued ahead…

Legal opinion: Legal options for implementing climate criteria in the monetary policy of the European Central Bank

June 2021

In the context of the ongoing European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) strategy review, the demand for a new, Paris-compliant or climate-resilient monetary policy has led to controversial debates in professional circles.…

Off track: weak EU backing for trains over planes despite rising emissions from transport

June 2021

EU transport ministers have acknowledged the need to shift from air and road travel to rail to decarbonise transport, but failed to take urgent and concrete action, said Greenpeace.

After failed talks, time to reboot EU farming reform

May 2021

Brussels, 28 May 2021 – Following the collapse of this week’s negotiations over the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Greenpeace is calling on the European Commission to start from scratch…

Romania’s top polluter seeks €1.3 billion EU bailout for more coal & gas

May 2021

The Romanian government’s proposal for CE Oltenia’s restructuring is a test of the European Commission’s commitment to align state aid with the European Green Deal. Approving CE Oltenia’s current restructuring…

EU governments overlook root causes of pandemic and climate crisis

May 2021

Plans discussed at an EU summit in Brussels to tackle the pandemic will again ignore the role of climate change and habitat destruction in the emergence and spread of viral…

EU taxonomy: Commission backs 'green' investments for burning trees

April 2021

The European Commission has greenwashed green investment rules published today under the EU’s so-called EU taxonomy, said Greenpeace.

EU agrees hollow climate law

April 2021

Under pressure to take part in a climate summit hosted by US president Joe Biden on Thursday with a wrapped up climate law, the EU has agreed an emissions reduction…

European Year of Rail: five steps to put trains back on track

March 2021

Environmental groups called for urgent and concrete action to trigger a rail renaissance and accelerate a shift from air and road travel to trains, as the European Union prepares to…

Letter: triggering a rail renaissance for Europe

March 2021

Open letter by Greenpeace, 2CELSIUS, Back on Track, the European Network to Promote Cross Border Night Trains, Germanwatch, eco union, Instytut Spraw Obywatelskich, Natuur & Milieu, and Réseau Action Climat.

Putting Europe back on track

March 2021

Underinvestment in Europe’s existing railway infrastructure is already one of the greatest constraints for the rail sector. Misdirecting Covid recovery funding could make this problem insurmountable. Governments and public authorities…

EU must not label gas as green

March 2021

Along with 225 scientists, finance experts and NGOs, we wrote to the European Commission to criticise their draft rulebook for sustainable finance, which suggests that fossil gas does no harm…

The EU must not use forests to offset climate inaction

March 2021

Forest restoration must not be used to offset climate inaction in the agriculture, energy, housing, industrial and transport sectors.

Leak: polluters gut EU green finance rules

March 2021

Major concessions to polluting industries under new EU sustainable finance rules, leaked on Monday, would stab the EU green deal in the heart, said Greenpeace.

Paragliding activists land on ECB to expose support for fossil fuels

March 2021

Brussels/Frankfurt – Activists on paragliders landed on the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt on Wednesday, on the eve of a meeting of the ECB’s governing board,…

EU Commission sleight of hand keeps money flowing to dirty gas

December 2020

The European Commission’s proposed update of the rules for Europe’s energy networks leaves the dominant role of the gas industry untouched and public money still flowing to dirty gas

EU governments cling to fossilised world order, Greenpeace

December 2020

Brussels, 11 December 2020 – A deal to creep up the EU’s climate target for 2030 at a summit in Brussels exposes a reluctance by governments to follow the science…

Hot air balloon activists blast EU’s inflated climate promises

December 2020

Brussels – With the European Union’s climate credibility hanging by a thread, activists floated a 27-metre hot air balloon at a make-or-break summit on Thursday to warn that governments are…

ECB’s new bond purchasing worth €500 billion exacerbates the climate crisis

December 2020

Frankfurt/ Brussels – The European Central Bank (ECB) governing council today approved new bond purchasing worth €500 billion. The bank’s decision, while responding to the economic crisis triggered by the…

Study: EU forests could absorb twice as much CO2

December 2020

Brussels – If managed differently, the EU’s forests could absorb twice as much CO2 every year, according to new research by Naturwald Akademie. [1] The study, commissioned…

Burning gas and trees labelled as ‘green’ in EU Commission’s sustainable investment rulebook

November 2020

Brussels – The European Commission has opened the door to funding for polluting gas, bioenergy and cars by classifying them as ‘sustainable’ in a draft rulebook on green investments, known…

EIB’s climate promises go up in flames

November 2020

Brussels – The European Investment Bank (EIB) board of directors approved a climate roadmap for 2021-2025 that fails to require all companies and intermediaries receiving funding to adopt adequate decarbonisation…

Gas prepares to cash in as MEPs back €672.5 billion coronavirus recovery fund

November 2020

Brussels – MEPs in the European Parliament’s budget and economic affairs committees are today expected to open up the possibility for the fossil fuels industry to access an unprecedented €672.5…

Fossil fuels could tap into EU green recovery funds with MEPs' support

November 2020

On Monday 9 November, in a crucial joint vote, the European Parliament’s economic affairs committee and the budgets committees will decide how to allocate €672.5 billion in emergency coronavirus recovery…

Greenpeace activists demand EU transport ministers transform transport and stop driving the climate crisis

October 2020

Greenpeace Germany activists projected the slogan “Stop driving the climate crisis #TransformTransport” onto the Germany Ministry of Transport in Berlin early this morning to stop the expansion of freeways and…

Ministers on climate collision course with EU Parliament

October 2020

Luxembourg/Brussels – European environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg are expected to set up a clash with the European Parliament by ignoring its calls to step up EU climate action.

Why relying on offsets won't stop climate breakdown

October 2020

The European Union urgently needs an emission reduction target in line with science that does not rely on an increasingly fragile nature. Accounting tricks that allow governments to compensate carbon…

ECB’s purchasing policies skewed towards carbon-intensive industries - report

October 2020

Brussels/Frankfurt - A new report reveals how the ECB’s proclaimed "market neutrality" policy actually skews the bank’s corporate bond purchases in favor of carbon intensive industries. Decarbonising Is Easy: Beyond…

EU summit: Covid response shows climate action is possible

October 2020

Brussels – The unprecedented response to the coronavirus pandemic is proof that governments can take radical climate action, said Greenpeace as European government leaders met at a summit in Brussels…

MEPs vote to exclude fossil fuels from coronavirus recovery fund

October 2020

Brussels - MEPs in the European Parliament’s environment committee have voted to exclude fossil fuel investments from the €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the largest fund under the…

EU Parliament holds key to Europe’s green recovery

October 2020

As Europe continues to be a global hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic and its economic and social impact, the EU is moving ahead to agree an unprecedented recovery fund of…

EU-Mercosur: leaked treaty has no climate protection, undermines democracy

October 2020

Brussels, 9 October 2020 – There are no sanctionable clauses requiring the EU and Mercosur countries to respect climate or environmental protection in the treaty under negotiation between the two…

EU Parliament edges climate action forward

October 2020

Brussels – In a vote on a new EU climate law on Tuesday, the European Parliament has backed an increase in the EU’s 2030 climate target to a 60% cut…

The climate crisis hasn't gone away, neither have climate protests

October 2020

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe, thousands of protesters are once again taking to the streets and social media, from Brussels to Moscow, to call on…

1.5°C is the limit! Activists urge EU ministers to raise climate target without accounting tricks

September 2020

Berlin - Ten Greenpeace activists greeted EU environment ministers arriving for a meeting in Berlin with a four-metre high image of a burning planet and the words: “1.5°C is the…

Animal farming in EU worse for climate than all cars

September 2020

Animals won’t stop farting and burping, says Greenpeace

EU Commission’s 2030 climate plan trying to negotiate with nature, Greenpeace

September 2020

A European Commission analysis to back up its climate plans for 2030 has revealed an attempt to fudge its target to cut EU-wide emissions by at least 55%, said Greenpeace,…

Politics trumps science as von der Leyen fiddles EU climate goal, Greenpeace

September 2020

Brussels – Ursula von der Leyen has backed a revised EU climate goal at her first ‘state of the union’ speech as president of the European Commission, where she outlined…

Activists hack EU Commission HQ with giant image of Amazon fires

September 2020

Brussels – Five activists scaling the 14-storey facade of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels hung a 30-metre banner mimicking a hole burned through the building, revealing the Amazon in…

MEPs back tougher EU 2030 climate target

September 2020

Brussels, 10 September 2020 – Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee have voted to speed up EU emission cuts by the end of the decade to help avert catastrophic…

EU Parliament can rescue transformative recovery plan, Greenpeace

July 2020

The European Parliament will challenge governments to boost EU plans for a green and just recovery to the coronavirus pandemic, following a preliminary deal reached by EU leaders earlier this…

EU governments pass up opportunity for green and just recovery - Greenpeace

July 2020

Brussels – As the first face-to-face EU summit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe ended, Europe’s leaders have failed to exclude access to EU recovery funds for…

EU recovery money should fund green economy, not polluters

July 2020

Civil society representatives called on European leaders meeting in Brussels today to use taxpayers’ money to fund a just and green recovery, not polluters.

Just Transition Fund must provide a just, green and fair transition, not line industry pockets — Greenpeace

July 2020

Brussels, 6 July 2020 – Today the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development