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 […]
28 January 2021

EU air pollution rules for Large Combustion Plants remain valid, European Court of Justice rules

The EU’s new air pollution limits, which could save more than 20,000 lives every year by cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants alone, were annulled today by the judges of Luxemburg […]
26 January 2021

Serbia’s public electricity company faces court for breaching toxic emission limits

Cross-border pollution from Serbian coal plants threatens EU citizens’ health Environmental campaigners have taken legal action against Serbia’s state-owned electricity company EPS for exposing Serbian and […]
12 October 2020

German city threatened by Polish coal mine joins call on EU to uphold water laws

Zittau, 12 October 2020 – The controversial Polish Turów lignite mine is polluting the Lusatian Neisse River, and causing subsidence that could damage houses across the […]
20 June 2019

EU funding ‘new coal lobby club’ as part of €10m annual gift to coal ‘research’

The European Commission is paying coal lobby wages, as part of millions of Euros it spends every year on coal ‘research’ projects. Documents obtained under access […]
28 February 2018

Umweltverbände gehen vor Gericht, um EU-Grenzwerte gegen die deutsche Kohlelobby zu verteidigen

Lobbyisten der Kohleindustrie und die deutschen Eigentümer von einigen der schmutzigsten Kohlekraftwerke und Tagebaue Europas reichen Klage gegen die Entscheidung der Europäischen Kommission ein, die Grenzwerte […]
4 November 2017

Blockadia map reveals global rise of anti-fossil fuel blockades

A new interactive map shows the rise of Blockadia: the direct-action phenomenon of people putting their bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects.[1] In the […]
2 November 2017

Challenge to EU leaders: It’s time to move Europe Beyond Coal

Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable […]
21 April 2017

Commission must not give in to pressure to protect dirty coal

Leading environmental NGOs have written to European Commissioner Karmenu Vella [1] urging him to protect a new environmental standards document that could reduce toxic pollution and […]
4 April 2017

European petition demands government action to slash toxic coal deaths

Effective air pollution limits could save more than 20,000 lives every year, yet some national governments are threatening to veto EU measures to tackle toxic pollution. […]
11 October 2016

Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives

Effective emissions limits could save thousands of lives every year, yet more than half of coal power stations in Europe are operating with ‘permission to pollute’ […]