Publications

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, 3 December 2020 – 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

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…