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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…

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,…

National energy plans: EU must raise the bar – Greenpeace

June 2019

Brussels – Ahead of a crucial summit that could define the EU’s collective response to the climate crisis, the European Commission has released its recommendations to EU countries on their…

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…

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.…

New EU rules on renewables could slash payback period for solar panels, report

October 2018

Small-scale solar saves energy system billions in fuel, CO₂ and grid costs – but benefits go unaccounted   Brussels – Households and small businesses could recoup investments in solar panels at…

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…

Activists set up solar panels on European Parliament as EU talks on renewables enter crucial stage

May 2018

Brussels – Activists have installed solar panels on the European Parliament in Brussels on the day EU talks on renewable energy enter a crucial stage.   The Parliament is hosting…

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…

Activists call out EU ministers for failing to support renewable energy development

April 2018

Sofia/Brussels, 19 April 2018 – Climate change activists demonstrating outside a meeting of EU energy ministers in the Bulgarian capital Sofia urged European governments to stop restricting the rights of…

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…

Energy ministers give Europeans coal for Christmas

December 2017

Council adopts preliminary agreement on energy reform package Brussels – European energy ministers have backed coal and other fossil fuels over renewable energy, in the ongoing reform of the EU’s…

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…

EU Parliament backs people-powered renewables but aims too low

November 2017

Energy committee plan would undo Spain’s controversial ‘sun tax’ The European Parliament’s energy committee voted today to recognise the right of Europeans to produce and sell their own renewable electricity.…

Commission shows narrow vision on renewable-powered shared mobility, Greenpeace

November 2017

Brussels – A package of policy measures for the transport sector released by the European Commission fails to deliver an ambitious vision of shared mobility powered by renewable energy, said…

Activists urge EU to go for 100% renewable energy

October 2017

** High-res photo and video available at bit.ly/GP_9Oct17** Sixty-five activists, from five countries, [1] also painted surrounding roads with biodegradable yellow paint to turn the roundabout into a giant sun,…

EU-China statement must lead shift to renewables, Greenpeace

June 2017

Brussels, 1 June – The EU and China’s renewed commitment to fighting climate change must be backed up by a decisive shift to renewable energy, said Greenpeace. The EU-China joint…

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…

EU could retake climate leadership under new EP plan to boost renewables

May 2017

A new plan by key members of the European Parliament would help the EU retake global leadership on climate change, just as the US dithers on its commitments under the…

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…

EU energy plans won’t meet Paris climate commitments

February 2017

Today the European Commission releases its report on the progress of the European Union’s energy plans, the ‘State of the Energy Union’. Greenpeace has criticised the EU’s energy plans as…

EU lifeline to coal could derail renewable energy transition

November 2016

Coal plants would be eligible for subsidies until at least 2026 Brussels, 30 November 2016 – A package of policy proposals released today by the European Commission threatens to derail…

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…

Commission is blind to renewables’ potential, keeps Europe stuck on gas

February 2016

Brussels – The Commission today published a gas package proposal which fails to recognise that renewables and energy efficiency can secure Europe’s energy supply. It defies the commitments taken under…