At the start of the 1990s, it was much easier to not litter. Over the last 30 years, supermarket chains and big drinks manufacturers like Red Bull have waged – and largely won – a war against reuseable drinks containers, pumping out a stream of throwaway bottles and cans that are harming wildlife, causing problems for farmers, and wasting finite natural resources. How do we push back?
The business model of one of the world's biggest oil companies, Shell, hangs in the balance tonight after court hearings draw to a close in the Hague on the compatibility of the Dutch oil giant's business with climate goals.
The EU’s enthusiastic embrace of hydrogen risks undermining the clean energy transition and its newly-minted 2030 greenhouse gas target.
Blog by Tara Connolly, fossil fuels campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe - published on Climate Home.
EU heads of government have this morning reached an agreement for a new 2030 EU target to cut carbon emissions by at least 55%.
Colin Roche, climate justice coordinator for Friends of the Earth Europe had this to say:
The European Commission is set to propose to continue EU support and subsidies for fossil fuel infrastructure when it unveils a new framework for future energy investment next week.
Shell is one of the largest polluters in the world. It emits twice as much CO2 as the entire Netherlands put together. If we want to prevent the earth from warming up by more than 1.5 degrees, companies like Shell will have to change. Unfortunately, that does not happen easily. That is why Friends of the Earth Netherlands has initiated a lawsuit.
NGOs are accusing the European Commission of maladministration over the appointment of Ms. Nathalie Tocci, a director an Italian oil and gas major, as advisor on EU foreign policy. The conflict of interest involves Ms. Tocci’s dual role as a special advisor to EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and her role sitting on the board of one of Europe’s largest fossil fuel companies, Eni.
The groundbreaking Dutch climate case against Shell reaches the courtroom this December, with public hearings on 1, 3, 15 and 17 in The Hague, Netherlands. If successful, this court case would rule that Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) director Donald Pols said: