Households to lose out as European Parliament looks set to back volatile gas

September 2021

The European Parliament is set to prolong fossil gas subsidies until almost the end of the decade, locking in climate-wrecking emissions and exposing energy bills to more price volatility.

Open letter: NGOs to refuse invitations to speak at fossil-fuel sponsored media events

September 2021

Sixteen European civil society organisations will no longer accept invitations to speak at media events on EU policy sponsored by fossil fuel companies.

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.

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Unleashing the power of community renewable energy

February 2019

This booklet explains how new EU renewable energy legislation could be used to unleash a wave of fossil-free community-owned energy across Europe. Bringing examples from across Europe, it shows how…

New EU rules greenlight billions in subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear

December 2018

Brussels, 19 December 2018 – Days after the international community failed to call for more climate action to limit global warming to 1.5°C at the UN climate conference in Poland,…

EU climate strategy offers glimmer of hope

November 2018

Brussels – A draft EU climate strategy offers upcoming global climate talks a glimmer of hope, said Greenpeace. Media have leaked the strategy, ahead of the scheduled launch this afternoon.…

Media briefing: EU’s last chance to tackle climate change

November 2018

The European Commission is expected to publish its proposal for a long-term EU strategy on climate change on Wednesday, 28 November. This proposal will set the stage for negotiations between…

What a difference a week makes

October 2018

It started in the early hours of Monday morning. I rolled out of bed and tiptoed to the kitchen table to stare at my laptop bleary-eyed: 3.04 am in Brussels,…

EXPOSED: €58 billion in hidden subsidies for coal, gas and nuclear

September 2018

Brussels – As EU leaders discuss the future of the EU electricity market, new research reveals how much money goes to supporting coal, gas and nuclear in…

Media briefing: €58 billion in hidden subsidies for coal, gas and nuclear

September 2018

New EU rules would allow big energy companies to continue cashing in on dirty energy European governments are covertly adding almost €58 billion[1] to energy bills in order to prop…

EU overturns barriers to rooftop revolution but renewable target falls short of serious climate action

June 2018

Brussels – Solar panels could soon cover millions more rooftops in Europe, after the EU reached a deal on Wednesday to make it easier for households to play a part…

Climate change activists call on EU energy ministers to unlock rooftop revolution

June 2018

Luxembourg/Brussels – Climate change activists urged EU energy ministers meeting in Luxembourg to live up to their climate commitments and stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share…

Make or break for renewable energy in Europe

May 2018

Negotiations on EU renewables directive enter final stage Greenpeace EU media briefing On 17 May, negotiators representing European governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission will hold crunch talks…

European Parliament votes to increase renewable energy target

January 2018

Bad bioenergy still counts towards renewable target Strasbourg – Today the European Parliament voted to increase the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35 per cent. 17 January 2018 Projections…

EU 2030 energy package: community power holds key to renewables transition

December 2017

In the coming days and weeks, European governments and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will have a crucial say on the direction and pace of the European Union’s renewable…

European Parliament fires up Europe’s energy transition

May 2017

European Parliament proposals to increase the EU’s share of renewable energy to a minimum of 35 per cent, and to set binding targets for each EU country, are a step…

Lacklustre drive for renewables threatens energy transition

February 2017

Brussels – The energy package being discussed by EU energy ministers today could endanger the transition to renewable energy and falls well below the action needed, warned Greenpeace. The “Clean…

Commission risks putting renewable energy transition in the hands of reluctant power companies

November 2016

On 30 November, the European Commission will release a package of draft legislation to help fulfil EU commitments under the Paris global climate change agreement. Read more here: Two of…

Media briefing: Potential for citizen-produced electricity in the EU

September 2016

Half of all European Union citizens could be producing their own electricity by 2050, and meeting 45% of the EU’s electricity demand. Our energy market is switching from fossil fuels…

People can power the Energy Revolution

September 2016

Brussels – Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today. The research outlines the potential…

Report: The potential of energy citizens in the EU

September 2016

With an increasing share of renewable energy sources (RES) in the European Union (EU), the role of energy consumers as active participants in the energy system is bound to expand,…

Prosumer Rights: Options for an EU legal framework post-2020

May 2016

Brussels – There are many ways for citizens, small businesses and communities to contribute to the energy transition, actively participating in different aspects of the energy market to become true…