Publications

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

EIB stumbles in self-proclaimed mission to become EU climate bank

June 2020

In an open letter published today, on the eve of an EIB stakeholder meeting, 34 organisations, including Greenpeace, call on the bank to align its lending and client portfolios with…

ECB injects over €7 billion into fossil fuels since start of COVID-19 crisis

June 2020

Brussels/Frankfurt - Greenpeace analysis shows that between mid-March and mid-May 2020, as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Central Bank (ECB) purchased corporate bonds worth almost…

Bankrolling the climate crisis

June 2020

Greenpeace analysis: ECB corporate bond purchases during the coronavirus pandemic.

Patchy at best: EU unveils coronavirus recovery plan – Greenpeace

May 2020

The European Commission’s €1.85 trillion recovery plan is contradictory at best and damaging at worst, said Greenpeace.

Three tests for Europe’s Covid recovery plans

May 2020

As the European Commission and many European governments decide on recovery plans worth trillions of euro, Greenpeace warned that ‘green growth’ - as touted by Commission President Ursula von der…

EU Commission must not take climate advice from BlackRock

April 2020

92 NGOs wrote to European Commission President von der Leyen, and Executive Vice-Presidents Dombrovskis and Timmermans, to urge them to cancel the recently concluded contract with BlackRock Investment Management. This…

EU Parliament lead negotiator backs 65% climate emission cuts by 2030

April 2020

Brussels, 28 April 2020 – Jytte Guteland, the Member of the European Parliament in charge of the new EU climate law, (Swedish, S&D), announced today that she will back an…

15 European governments call for green recovery plan

April 2020

Ten governments from across the EU issued an open statement calling for a green recovery as a response to the Covid-19 crisis and the resulting economic downturn.

Delayed UN global climate conference must not derail EU action, Greenpeace

April 2020

Brussels, 1 April 2020 – The postponement of UN climate talks should have no impact on the EU’s commitments to tackle the climate emergency, warned Greenpeace. In the wake of…

EU COVID-19 response must be caring, fair & green, not a blank cheque for polluters

March 2020

Brussels, 26 March 2020 – The European Union’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic must focus on saving lives and help make our societies fairer, greener and more resilient to future…

How the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic could make our society more resilient

March 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is showing just how fragile our societies, economies and democracies can be. Along with many other organisations and governments, the European Union is scrambling to prevent the…

EU climate diet: 71% less meat by 2030

March 2020

Meat consumption in the European Union should drop by 71% by 2030, and by 81% by 2050, to tackle farming’s contribution to climate breakdown, according to new analysis by Greenpeace.

Draft climate law points to lost decade for EU action

March 2020

*** Photo and video material available here *** Brussels, 4 March 2019 – The European Commission’s draft EU climate law, set to be published today, includes no measures to boost…

Media briefing: Hollow EU climate law would delay action

March 2020

The political response to the climate emergency is the defining issue of our time. But progress has been painfully slow. The European Union has staked its credibility on showing the…

EU Commission work plan threatens global climate action

January 2020

The European Commission could derail the prospects of a global climate deal at the end of this year by delaying a plan to upgrade the European Union’s 2030 emission reduction…

Have your say on the EU climate law

January 2020

Exciting news: Inspired by the millions of people like you calling for urgent climate action, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised to bring forward an unprecedented EU…

Green deal: EU Parliament gears up for climate fight with governments

January 2020

Strasbourg/Brussels – The European Parliament has challenged governments and the European Commission to accelerate EU climate action, following a vote in Strasbourg about the European Green Deal.

EU ‘green’ funds should be limited to countries with coal phase outs – Greenpeace

January 2020

Access to EU ‘green’ funding must be limited to governments committed to coal phase out dates, said Greenpeace, as the European Commission released a €1 trillion investment package for the…

EU climate neutrality rut must not delay urgent climate action, Greenpeace

December 2019

27 out of 28 European governments agreed to reach climate neutrality by 2050, opening the door for discussions about more immediate EU action.

Activists take climate emergency to EU summit

December 2019

*** Action photos and videos will be uploaded here. Committing future generations to climate neutrality isn’t enough, Greenpeace Brussels, 12 December 2019 – 62 activists representing seven European countries have…

European Green Deal misses the mark

December 2019

Brussels, 11 December 2019 – The European Commission officially presented its plan for a European Green Deal today. Greenpeace warned that although the volume of policies is impressive and the…

Open letter to Commission President von der Leyen on the European Green Deal

December 2019

Greenpeace sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team, calling on them to use the European Green Deal to restructure the economic system that for…

EU report warns pursuit of ‘growth’ is incompatible with environmental protection

December 2019

Brussels, 4 December 2019 – The European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a new report that “Europe will not achieve its sustainability vision of ‘living well within the limits…

Leaked European Green Deal is not up to the task, Greenpeace

November 2019

Brussels, 29 November 2019 – Draft plans for a European Green Deal would have minimal impact on the worsening climate and ecological emergencies, warned Greenpeace.  Greenpeace has obtained a recent…

Declaring a climate emergency is not enough – our house is on fire

November 2019

Today the European Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution declaring a climate emergency. The move is likely to be approved by all political groups, the EPP, S&D, Renew Europe,…

Our house is on fire – time for the EU to step up

November 2019

As the climate emergency escalates and world leaders assemble for another global climate conference in Madrid in December, all eyes will be on Brussels.

12 points for an EU climate law

November 2019

Forests are burning, glaciers are melting and the window for stopping catastrophic climate change is closing. Incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised a climate law. To…

Gas slips through as EIB slashes fossil fuel funding

November 2019

Luxembourg/Brussels – The European Investment Bank (EIB) will limit funding for new fossil fuel projects starting at the end of 2021, but some gas infrastructure will continue to be eligible…

Brazilian indigenous leaders ask Timmermans to stop forest destruction

November 2019

Protest with flaming tree trunk brings Amazon fires to Brussels Brussels, 5 November 2019 – Leaders of indigenous communities in Brazil are in Brussels to ask European Commission vice-president Frans…

Report: Big Oil and gas buying influence in Brussels

October 2019

With money and meetings, subsidies and sponsorships, the oil and gas lobby is fuelling the climate disaster Read the full report here Since 2010, just five oil and gas corporations…

Big oil spent over €250 lobbying the EU

October 2019

Brussels – The world’s five big oil and gas majors and their lobbyists have spent at least 251 million euro lobbying the EU since 2010, new research reveals [1] –…

189 civil society organisations call for fossil-free politics

October 2019

189 civil society organisations support a statement declaring “we need a firewall that protects our democratic institutions and our decision-making from fossil fuel industry interference: no more private lobby meetings,…

Timmermans grasps scale of radical climate action needed, stumbles on substance

October 2019

Brussels – Incoming EU commission vice-president Frans Timmermans’s vision of the radical economic and social changes needed to tackle the climate crisis is promising, but he stumbled on some key…

EIB: stop funding fossil fuel projects

October 2019

Greenpeace joined over sixty other NGOs in sending a letter to the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, telling him to stand firm behind the proposal to stop…

EU environment boss nominee turns blind eye to forests as Amazon burns

October 2019

Brussels – Virginijus Sinkevičius’s near silence on an EU plan to tackle deforestation is disgraceful, said Greenpeace.  The nominee to be the next European commissioner on environment and oceans, answered…

Backing gas spells disaster for incoming EU energy head’s climate credentials, Greenpeace

October 2019

Brussels – Kadri Simson, the nominee to be the next EU energy commissioner, has made conflicting promises on climate action and gas that could spell disaster for her climate credentials,…

UN climate summit puts global spotlight on EU

September 2019

New York city/Brussels – A United Nations climate summit taking place today in New York city is expected to expose Europe’s lack of progress to tackle the climate emergency, warned Greenpeace.…

Von der Leyen unveils new team, but green game plan still falls short

September 2019

Brussels – Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a new team of commissioners, but her game plan for the environment still falls short of what science demands,…

Activists urge von der Leyen to save forests, fight climate breakdown

September 2019

Incoming EU Commission President greeted in The Hague with burning globe The Hague – Greenpeace activists greeted incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, this evening in…

European leaders must stop complicity in Amazon fires

August 2019

Twenty-six NGOs sent an open letter to European leaders urging them to end European complicity in the fires raging in the Amazon. NGOs believe the EU can act decisively in…

UN report on land exploitation exposes blind spot in EU climate action

August 2019

EU Green Deal must begin shift to climate change-resilient farming, Greenpeace Brussels – A landmark UN report on the impact of human land exploitation has exposed a giant gap in the…

Deforestation action plan does little to tackle impact of EU trade dogma, Greenpeace

July 2019

Brussels, 24 July 2019 – A deforestation action plan released today by the European Commission paints a bleak picture of Europe’s responsibility for global deforestation, but fails to address the…