14 February 2019

This booklet explains how new EU renewable energy legislation could be used to unleash a wave of fossil-free community energy across Europe.

Bringing examples from across Europe, it shows how the new EU renewable energy directive - which enshrines new rights for communities, local authorities and citizens to generate and sell their own energy - can help to remove barriers to community renewables. It gives practical steps and resources for action.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

26 July 2018

We face a planetary emergency. Communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We in Europe must do our fair share to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. For Europe, this means a fair and urgent transition to a fossil-free energy system by 2030. This booklet outlines what we need to do to bring about a safe and clean Europe, free from fossil fuels.

24 April 2018

Facts and figures about renewables in Europe.

Revealing the dramatic advance of renewable energy and the future shape of energy in Europe, the 'Energy Atlas' shows how technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable. It is published with the European Renewable Energies Federation, Green European Foundation (GEF), and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

17 April 2018

It's crunch time for EU energy policy.

As negotiations on new laws governing our energy future until 2030 pick up speed, it's time to look at what this will mean for people and planet. In this briefing, we outline the way forward for an energy transition that would benefit all, moving away from fossil fuels, protecting workers' livelihoods, tackling energy poverty, and unleashing the potential of people-owned renewable projects. The only question is: will EU Member States choose this path?

18 September 2017

The European Union is engaged in negotiations on a package of climate and energy legislation with a new deadline: 2030. The package covers different issues such as renewables, efficiency and energy poverty, and is known as 'The Clean Energy Package for All Europeans'.

31 July 2017

Local Energy Communities should be at the heart of the energy transition. But in the draft report from rapporteur Krišjanis Karins MEP, local energy communities have been marginalised and are not given the treatment they need. This briefing from the Community Power coalition outlines concerns about the Karins report and how they can be addressed.

17 May 2017

This briefing is released ahead of the EU Informal Energy Council in Valletta, Malta. It sets out the way forward the EU's Clean Energy Package as part of the transformation of Europe's energy system away from fossil fuels.

The contents include climate science, the benefits of people's ownership, energy savings, why gas is not part of the solution, and specific demands to Members States.

14 May 2017

There are many benefits to community and cooperative ownership of renewable energy. This briefing highlights four of the main benefits, and three examples of successful projects in Belgium, Scotland and England. It calls for a stronger definition for a 'renewable energy community' in the European Commission's Clean Energy package, and encourages access to financial support schemes for renewable energy communities.

26 September 2016

This research demonstrates that half of all European Union citizens could be producing their own electricity by 2050, and meeting 45% of the EU's energy demand. Our energy market is switching from fossil fuels and nuclear to renewable energy, but it's also shifting from a centralised market dominated by large utilities to one in which people produce their own energy and help to manage demand. Without these "energy citizens", the  transition to a 100% renewable energy system won't be possible.

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