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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…

5 reasons why burning trees for energy is bad for climate, people and nature

July 2021

Have you heard about the latest fake climate solutions that our policy makers are pushing? Burning wood as ‘renewable energy’ is being sold to us as a sustainable practice. In…

EU renewables rules destroying Estonia’s forests

July 2021

EU rules and national subsidy schemes that encourage the use of wood pellets to meet renewable energy targets are driving the destruction and degradation of forests

Wood Pellet Damage: renewable subsidies wrecking forests

July 2021

New research shows how burning wood as “renewable bioenergy” is not as sustainable as the EU’s climate and energy policies assert it to be.

Forest-wrecking industries try to sabotage new EU forest law

June 2021

Brussels – Companies profiting from the sale of products linked to forest destruction, and their lobby groups, are trying to undermine a draft EU law to limit the impact of…

Sabotage: how companies lobby against EU protection for the world's forests

June 2021

The European Union is a major consumer and financier of products from global forest and ecosystem destruction.

The EU Renewable Energy Directive recast

May 2021

The European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive has had a devastating effect on forests, but is now being amended aspart of the European Green Deal. This is a major opportunity…

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…

Joint NGO briefing on EU forest & ecosystem law

May 2021

The European Commission has committed to publish in June 2021 its long-awaited legislative proposal to minimise the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the European

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.

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.

The EU must not rely on certification schemes to protect nature

March 2021

We wrote to European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius asking them to introduce a strong EU law to keep products linked to destruction of forests…

Certification schemes let forest destruction into EU market

March 2021

Brussels – Products linked to forest and ecosystem destruction, land disputes and human rights abuses continue to access the EU market labelled as ‘sustainable’ by many certifications schemes, according to…

Revealed: meat sold in Europe driving destruction of Brazil’s Pantanal region

March 2021

Brussels – European retailers are selling beef and leather linked to the record destruction of one of the world’s largest wetlands, in Brazil’s Pantanal region, a new investigation has revealed.…

Over 1 million people tell EU to stop funding forest destruction

December 2020

Brussels – A landmark 1,193,652 people made submissions to the EU’s public consultation on deforestation, demanding a strong EU law to protect the world’s forests. The European Commission received the…

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…

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…

The Future of Forests in the European Union

December 2020

Untapped potential for nature conservation and climate change mitigation

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…

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…

EU Parliament backs strong law to protect forests

October 2020

The European Parliament has voted to call for a strong law which would go a long way towards ending the EU’s complicity in deforestation, ecosystem…

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…

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…

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…

A new EU law to protect the world's forests

August 2020

Despite government promises and corporate pledges to halt deforestation, the world continues to lose priceless natural habitats.Between 1990 and 2016, 1.3 million square kilometres of forest was lost. This is…

Ending wildlife trade -for health and planet

April 2020

Read the full letter to European Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius and Commissioner Phil Hogan here.

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…

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…

European Parliament demands biodiversity protection, EU countries and Commission must follow suit - Greenpeace

January 2020

Brussels, 15 January 2020 – The European Parliament is set to adopt a resolution on actions to combat the biodiversity crisis and protect nature, including a call to protect half…

Time for the Commission to get serious about tackling deforestation

December 2019

Brussels, 16 December 2019 – Agriculture and forest ministers are expected to issue a strong call to the Commission today to “step up EU action” on deforestation and forest protection.…

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…

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…

Protecting forests, natural ecosystems and human rights

October 2019

Read the full briefing here. If everybody in the world lived like the average EU resident, humanity would have consumed the equivalent of 2.8 planets by the end of 2019.…

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…

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…

EU-Mercosur deal trades in environmental destruction

June 2019

The trade deal that could be agreed this weekend between the EU and Mercosur countries is a disaster for the environment on both sides of the Atlantic, said Greenpeace.

340+ organisations call on EU to halt trade negotiations with Brazil

June 2019

Brussels – In an open letter published today, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt trade negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay…

87% of Europeans support new laws to combat global deforestation, new poll

May 2019

Brussels, 21 May 2019 – An overwhelming majority of Europeans want new laws to ensure that the food they eat and the products they buy don’t drive global deforestation, according…

Scientists and indigenous groups right to raise alarm about impact of EU trade – Greenpeace

April 2019

Brussels – Over 600 scientists from across Europe and representatives of 300 Indigenous groups from Brazil have called on the European Union to make trade talks with Brazil conditional on the…