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10 February 2021

European Parliament demands first-ever EU targets to reduce over-consumption

MEPs confirm push for targets to reduce resource use by 2030 and bring EU consumption within planetary boundaries by 2050 – an unprecedented move that could […]
25 February 2021

EU microplastic ban just got closer – with major loopholes

Pollution reduction target impossible to meet without improvements, NGOs warn   25 February 2020, Brussels – EU plans to stop firms adding microplastic to almost all […]
17 March 2021

EU governments kick off talks on sustainable batteries

Some of Europe’s largest green networks urge ministers to make durable, repairable and low carbon batteries the norm. Sustainable Batteries: NGO position paper Size: 3.11 MB […]
14 April 2021

Money for nothing? Commission set to release first findings on golden handshake to German lignite

PRESS BRIEFING   What is happening? As part of its coal phase-out, Germany promised multi-billion Euro payouts to lignite operators for closing their plants. On 2 […]
21 April 2021

Climate greater worry than COVID-19 for young Europeans, new poll finds

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the environment beat infectious diseases on the list of priorities expressed in a pan-European youth survey. Despite years […]
30 April 2021

One year of European Commission inaction on the illegal Turów coal mine

Polish utility PGE will have operated its sprawling Turów lignite mine illegally for one year this coming Saturday 1 May, despite the European Commission confirming that […]
4 May 2021

Africa lights a path for Europe to ban toxic mercury in fluorescent bulbs

With African countries demanding the phasing out of fluorescent light bulbs containing mercury, it is high time for the EU to roll out its much-delayed ban […]
5 May 2021

Rapid reaction: No viable blueprint for a green transition in Commission’s Industrial Strategy

The European Commission has released its revised Industrial Strategy. Despite fine words about the importance of the EU “giving back more than it extracts”, the strategy […]
6 May 2021

German government and Green regions are letting the lignite industry decide on air pollution standards for power plants

On Friday 7 May the German Bundesrat may vote a dangerous compromise allowing business as usual pollution levels for German coal and lignite power plants. The […]
12 May 2021

EU zero pollution action plan lacks action, NGOs say

Despite committing to a zero pollution ambition, the European Commission’s latest action plan may not propose any new binding actions to clean up Europe’s air, water […]
21 May 2021

European Court of Justice orders halt to operations at controversial Polish mine

LUXEMBOURG, 21 May 2021 – The European Court of Justice has ruled that mining at Poland’s sprawling Turów coal mine must cease while the court processes […]
9 June 2021

European Commission sides with citizens in landmark cross-border anti-coal court case

The European Commission will join the Czech Republic in the legal dispute against Poland concerning the controversial Turów mine [1], which is depleting water resources and […]