Publications

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…

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.

New EU mobility strategy continues driving us into the climate crisis despite some "green" measures

December 2020

Brussels — As part of the European Green Deal package, the European Commission launched a new mobility strategy today. Despite a Commission claim that the mobility strategy would tackle all…

EU Commission must use new mobility strategy to transform transport, not pave the way for the climate crisis

December 2020

Brussels, 8 December 2020 – Tomorrow, on 9 December, the European Commission is due to publish a new strategy for smart and sustainable mobility to align the transport sector with…

Open letter: NGOs demand urgent action on aviation emissions

December 2020

More than 30 NGOs sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Council President Charles Michel, urging them to take action…

The European Commission must stop flying into climate crisis

November 2020

Brussels, 23 November 2020 – A new study published by the European Commission on the non-CO2 impacts of aviation on the climate crisis confirms that the non-CO2 impacts of air…

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…

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…

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…

New roadmap to decarbonise European transport by 2040

September 2020

Brussels – New research, published by Climact and New Climate Institute and commissioned by Greenpeace Belgium, offers a roadmap for decision-makers to decarbonise the European transport sector by 2040, powering…

New roadmap to decarbonise European transport by 2040

September 2020

As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission promised to adopt a strategy for smart and sustainable mobility that “will address the challenge of climate neutrality and tackle…

European airline bailout tracker

August 2020

This airline bailout tracker by Greenpeace, Transport & Environment, and Carbon Market Watch compiles publicly available data and will be regularly updated.

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…

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…

Airline bailouts set to double to €26bn as countries fail to impose binding green conditions

April 2020

Airline polluters are now seeking more than €26 billion in taxpayers’ money - double the amount of just a week ago - according to the European airline bailout tracker compiled…

Five demands for a just transition towards aviation de-growth and clean transport solutions

April 2020

Returning to 'normal' cannot be an option - aviation de-growth is necessary to restrict global heating to 1,5°C and limit climate breakdown. This crisis must be the starting point for…

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…

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…

Activists challenge EU ministers to tackle impact of transport on climate crisis

June 2019

Luxembourg, 6 June 2019 — Activists from Germany, Poland, Belgium and Greenpeace Luxembourg are peacefully demonstrating outside a meeting of EU Transport Ministers in Luxembourg with a crashed car and…

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,…

Ten years left to say goodbye to petrol, diesel and conventional hybrid cars

September 2018

If Europe is to honour its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C, sales of petrol, diesel and conventional hybrid cars must end

Greenpeace activists bare their lungs for clean air

January 2018

Commission ordered Member States to explain inaction on dangerous air pollution Brussels – Nine Greenpeace activists baring their lungs on their chests demanded “Clean Air Now” outside a closed-door emergency…

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…