The Finnish parliament today approved after voting a new climate bill that commits to 80% emissions reductions by 2050, in one of the most ambitious climate laws passed to date across Europe.
The approval comes after long-term campaigning from Maan ystävät / Friends of the Earth Finland, who, through the Big Ask Finland campaign, has put pressure on the Finnish government to "save them from climate catastrophe".
The Irish government has finally published the long awaited Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015. Friends of the Earth Ireland welcome the publication of the bill, but expressed dismay that this current draft does not include any targets for reducing carbon emissions and allows for a potential delay of up to 2 years before any plan to reduce carbon emissions in Ireland is implemented.
Finland and Denmark have recently become the latest countries to adopt binding climate laws.
In June, measures were agreed in Copenhagen to move the country towards a low-emissions society by 2050, while the Finnish government committed to 80% CO2 reductions by 2050.
The sale of a substantial stake in the Danish state-owned power company, DONG Energy, to the U.S. based investment bank Goldman Sachs sets a discouraging tone for the country's fledgling climate law, according to NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark.
The sale of 19% of DONG Energy to Goldman Sachs was opposed by nearly 70% of the Danish population, and led to the departure of the Socialist People's Party (SPP) from the coalition government. The deal threatens Denmark's green incentives, giving Goldman Sachs's primary interest in profits influence over Danish energy politics.
Hnutí Duha/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic today launched a new campaign which aims to cut energy use across the country.
Friends of the Earth Finland continue to put pressure on the Finnish government to enact a strong and comprehensive climate law – to ensure Finland reduces carbon emissions, year on year, every year.
The Irish Government today published a Climate Action Bill which Friends of the Earth Ireland has described as, "like a compass with no needle".
Friends of the Earth Ireland says the bill is simply a rehash of the earlier Fianna Fáil / Green Party Bill but with all the targets taken out. The draft will now be passed to the environment committee which will consult stakeholders and report to government on how to improve it.
Snowmen in twelve cities around Finland encouraged the Finnish government to draft a comprehensive and strong Climate Bill today.
The action was organised by Friends of the Earth Finland / Maan Ystävät Ry which says that the Ministerial working group on energy and climate policy currently working on the draft must table a strong and ambitious Bill in the parliament instead of continuing ineffective politics behind closed doors.
Friends of the Earth Ireland, with other members of Ireland’s Stop Climate Chaos coalition, staged a demonstration outside government buildings in Dublin today. Dressed as Homer Simpson, activists wanted to show that with the climate discussions next week in Doha, Qatar, it feels more like D’Oh!-a for Irish politicians when it comes to climate action.
The 5th September will remain as one of the brightest moments for the Finnish Big Ask campaign when Friends of the Earth Finland/Maan ystävät and other members of the Finnish Big Ask campaign coalition welcomed their MPs back to parliament by publishing the Campaign Climate Bill. After much challenging work, the Campaign Climate Bill was presented to the Minister of Environment, Ville Niinistö, in front of the House of Parliament, cheered on by the whole campaign coalition.