Policy comments | 6 July, 2012 | Download PDF
Bankwatch’s provided comments on the EBRD’s GHG emissions accounting methodology (pdf) in an effort to improve the carbon footprint of EBRD’s investments. We primarily focus on how baselines are set and the treatment of scope 2 and scope 3 emissions.
Off Their Game – The Green 10’s Mid-Term Review of the European Commission’s Environmental Track Record 2010-2012
Study | 3 July, 2012 | Download PDF
Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is off target in creating sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe. The report assesses progress in nine EU policy fields with impacts on the environment and reviews the track record of 13 European Commissioners and Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
Briefing | 1 July, 2012 | Download PDF
During the Cyprus Presidency the ordinary legislative procedure for adopting the regulatory framework on the future Cohesion Policy shall be concluded.
Advocacy letter | 25 June, 2012 | Download PDF
Current proposals for the Cohesion Policy’s European Regional Development Fund would effectually rebrand gas as a low-carbon energy source in spite of its status as a fossil fuel. This letter, signed by 21 environmental organisations, urges Europe’s decision makers not to approve these proposals and instead to ensure that European regional development investments focus on renewable energy sources, smart energy distribution, and energy efficiency measures.
Policy comments | 23 June, 2012 | Download PDF
(Download a short version of these comments as pdf.) As it is now, the EBRD foresees growth in the mining sector and sees its involvement as crucial in this process. At the same time the Bank recognizes that mining can cause significant adverse environmental and social impacts, including permanent ones, and that no single mine can be sustainable since it exploits a finite local resource.