14 February 2019

Historic European Parliament vote for nature-friendly farming

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment committee have today stood up for higher environmental ambition under the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). MEPs defended our environment […]
30 January 2019

Commission must use sustainability ‘reflection’ paper as stepping stone to strategy with real teeth

A long-awaited European Commission ‘reflection paper’ on how to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality has finally seen the light of day – […]
15 January 2019

Europe paves way for right to repair

The EU has taken a small step towards cutting waste and greenhouse gases from manufacturing of popular consumer goods. For the first time, manufacturers will be […]
7 January 2019

Austria rose to challenge in plastic fight in 2018 but failed to apply same zest to agriculture pollution

An assessment of the performance of the Austrian Presidency of the EU has found that it was big on tackling plastic but less effective in dealing […]
26 November 2018

Green NGOs welcome environmental commitments in Brexit deal

After almost two years of negotiations, an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and on the framework for the future EU-UK relationship, has been […]
24 October 2018

European Parliament takes historic stand against single-use plastic pollution

The European Parliament has leapt forward to protect people and the environment from plastic pollution, but national governments must now show the same ambition, according to […]
9 October 2018

IPCC report: EU governments must follow the science on climate action

EU governments must respond to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report with appropriately ambitious conclusions at the Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg today. The European […]
13 September 2018

Biodegradable plastics will not solve plastic pollution, says the European Parliament

Biodegradable and compostable plastics do not prevent plastic pollution and should not be an excuse to keep consuming single-use plastics, the European Parliament recognised in a […]
19 June 2018

Energy efficiency compromise fails Paris Agreement

The European Union has tonight agreed to increase its energy efficiency by 32.5% by 2030. This figure falls well short of the binding target of at […]
14 June 2018

Limited progress on renewables overshadowed by collapse of energy efficiency talks

The European Union has agreed a 32% target for renewable energy after earlier talks on energy efficiency failed to reach a deal. While a compromise agreement […]
12 June 2018

Industry spending millions to avoid warning labels for cancer-linked chemical

The chemical industry is spending millions to stop people finding out about the potential carcinogenic properties of titanium dioxide, a whitening chemical used in a wide […]
2 May 2018

EU budget lacks ambition to address climate challenges and sustainability, says EEB

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) warns that the EU budget proposal does not go far enough to bring down carbon emissions, reverse biodiversity loss or mainstream […]