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    EU Must Lead on Climate Action

    3 April, Brussels United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on European Union leaders to speed up the adoption of new 2030 climate and energy targets and lead the global effort to deal with climate change, at Friends of Europe Policy spotlight debate. “I urge the EU to reach a decision on the package as soon as possible, preferably at the June 2014 (European) Council meeting,” he said.
    Ban Ki-moon's speech & Press release
    Watch the video and the photo gallery


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    Energy subsidies: To be or not to be

    13 May
    The debate over the new 2030 EU climate and energy targets has again turned the spotlight on the trade-off between competitiveness and climate change. Are calls to end green subsidies justified? Are all forms of energy State aid harmful and which public support should have been scrapped long ago?   Read more


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    Circular economy: Scaling-up best practices worldwide

    4 June

    Friends of Europe will look at the ways governments and businesses around the world are responding to the pressing need for more sustainable economic and business models. The debate is organised within the framework of the Green Week, the biggest EU annual conference on environment policy.  Read more



'Climate-Energy-Industry' Working Group


Friends of Europe has assembled about 30 leading experts, including EU and national political leaders, policymakers from international organisations, academics and representatives of civil society and business to exchange views on enhancing synergies between climate, energy and industrial policies, reconciling competitiveness, energy security, CO2 emissions reduction.


The group will identify best practices and make recommendations to the incoming European Commission and European Parliament in September 2014. Read more

The 3rd meeting was held on 26 March. See the see photos of this event on our Flickr gallery here.
For more information contact danuta.slusarska@friendsofeurope.org




UN negotiations are currently under way to develop a new international climate change agreement for the Paris climate conference in 2015, to be implemented from 2020. 

In preparation for Friends of Europe Policy spotlight debate with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Debating Europe put together some facts and figures about climate change and its impact in the infographic on the left. Download the full infographic here.


Europe's energy outlook: Heading in the right direction?

“Every percent of CO2 emission reduction means more investment, higher costs, less industry, less growth and fewer jobs,” Gunther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy, said at Friends of Europe’s 10th annual Energy Summit, discussing the new 2030 climate and energy framework. “To be realistic is key. To be ambitious – it’s a nice word, but it’s not my policy.”

The changing energy Map: Its implications for economic competitiveness

“It has rarely been so critical for Europe, since the Second World War, to shape sound energy policies – 2014 is critical”, IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol told Friends of Europe’s conference to launch the 2013 World Energy Outlook. “There will be winners and losers from changes in the energy markets – but if we do not address climate change, there will be only losers.”

Creating new momentum for a global climate deal

As the 19th session of the COP19 draws closer, more and more countries are moving ahead with national measures to reduce their carbon footprint, and members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are moving to adopt global resolutions aimed at countering climate change.

Europe's World

Europe's World, the only EU-wide policy journal with a readership of over 100,000. Visit www.europesworld.org
Sorting fact from fiction on Europe’s shale gas ‘bonanza’

Not all EU countries are giving a green light for shale gas exploration and ‘fracking’. Andreas Goldthau sounds a note of caution for those pressing ahead and hoping for a North American style energy boom.

The Energy of Nations
David Buchan reviews Jeremy Leggett's book 'The Energy of Nations' and comments that his essential insight is that the war for renewables will never really be won until people fully realise the long-term risks of relying on fossil fuels.       

Video Corner

Kriton Arsenis, MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, responds to a question on climate.

Ska Keller, MEP and Green Party's leading candidate for EU elections, comments on the Commission’s new 2030 climate and energy package.

Jaroslav Neverovic, Lithuanian Minister for Energy commenting on an ideal energy mix.

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2006-2010), commenting on climate and energy targets for 2030.

Gérard Mestrallet, GDF Suez CEO, commenting on climate and energy targets for 2030 and on reconciling climate ambitions with industrial competitiveness.

Patrick Graichen, Deputy Director of the think tank Agora Energiewende, commenting on the impact of German Energiewende on consumers, business, neighbouring markets and the EU's goal of a single energy market.

Steve Levine, Author of 'The Oil and the Glory" and Washington Correspondent for Quartz, commenting on the US shale gas revolution and on reconciling climate ambitions with industrial competitiveness.


About the GEF

The Greening Europe Forum is the first independent debate and knowledge platform focusing on  global and EU policies needed for the transformation towards a sustainable economy. It will look in particular to the integration of environmental, energy and economic policies which will be needed to shift to a new development model.
For more information, please contact Greening Europe Programme Executive Danuta Slusarska.


The Greening Europe Forum aims to work with partners that have an important contribution to make in the debate on the new green economy agenda. It will work with government departments and agencies, regional authorities, cities, progressive businesses and constructive NGOs, as well as critical academics.


Contact Friends of Europe to become a partner. Partners have included:


Guest Contribution

How can Europe revive its leadership role in the fight against climate change?
By  Lars G. Josefsson.  There is an obvious leadership void in addressing the biggest challenge of our time, yet no political leader has shown any willingness to take the helm.
Don’t pile distortion upon distortion in tackling clean energy costs

By David Buchan. Complaints of Europe’s energy users about the cost of the European Union’s climate policies are reaching a crescendo in advance of this month’s European summit called to discuss the future of these policies to 2030.

Policy Briefing

Energiewende made in China: Paving the way towards green growth

Confronted with energy and climate challenges, China has been implementing over the last decade a series of ambitious policies to support green growth and shift away from coal. This background briefing seeks to spotlight the unfolding Chinese green revolution.