Publications

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…

Greenpeace submission to EU consultation on deforestation

February 2019

In December 2018, the European Commission announced plans to act on deforestation and forest degradation. It published a roadmap towards a Communication, which the Commission is expected to adopt in…

EU Commission promises to step up action against deforestation

December 2018

Brussels – In a roadmap released today, the European Commission has promised to address global deforestation and cut the EU’s footprint on the world’s forests. The roadmap highlights the link between…

Governments call for swift EU action on global deforestation

November 2018

Brussels – Seven European governments have ramped up pressure on the European Commission to deliver a long-awaited action plan by the end of the year to tackle global deforestation. The letter…

EU Parliament demands urgent action to meet 2020 goal to halt deforestation

September 2018

Brussels – The European Parliament has demanded swift action from the European Commission to cut Europe’s footprint on the world’s forests and its associated impact on climate change, species loss and…

Greenpeace investigation: EU imports of Amazon timber tainted by widespread fraud in Brazil

March 2018

Brussels/Manaus, Brazil– A Greenpeace investigation has exposed widespread fraud in the Brazilian forestry sector, which may have allowed massive quantities of illegal timber to reach the EU. Under the EU…

Commission study makes pressing case for EU action on deforestation

March 2018

Despite promises, Commission remains silent on EU plans to tackle deforestation Brussels – A long awaited European Commission study, released late on Friday, lays out policy options for the EU…

NGO statement on deforestation

February 2018

All eyes on the European Commission, as crucial EU decision on deforestation due “in a matter of weeks” In the coming weeks, the European Commission is set to make a…

NGO statement on deforestation

June 2017

Forests are essential for life on earth. Three hundred million people worldwide live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods. Forests are the largest stores of…

EU must stop palm oil deforestation, says European Parliament

April 2017

Palm oil industry identified as major cause of forest destruction The European Parliament voted in favour of a report calling on the EU to stop funding and contributing to deforestation.…

Stepping up EU action to protect forests is not optional but the only way forward

May 2016

Greenpeace analysis of the FLEGT evaluation Illegal logging and related trade remain persistent global problems despite the positive impacts of EU actions undertaken since 2004. A recent independent evaluation assesses…

NGOs seize Commission against illegal logging of Białowieża forest, Poland

April 2016

Seven Polish and international NGOs lodged a complaint with the European Commission as Polish minister breaches EU law and approves logging in Białowieża Forest Bialowieza National Park in Poland The…

Tackling illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation

March 2016

An agenda for EU action This briefing is the contribution of a group of non-governmental organisations to the policy debate related to the evaluation of the European Union Forest Law…

Commission slams weak implementation of EU law against illegal logging

February 2016

In a review of legislation to combat illegal logging, the European Commission has said EU countries must significantly step up efforts to keep illegal timber off the EU market [1].…

Europe failing to use legal armoury against illegal logging

February 2016

Commission’s report on status of implementation of EU forest protection law due in weeks Brussels – In the coming weeks, the European Commission will adopt a report assessing the implementation…