IEEP in the press in 2011

Selected press coverage for ILUC Study

  • Corsa alla terra Rapport, Rai 3 - 18 December 2011 Se tu devi produrre biocarburanti su un terreno da qualche parte, dovrai compensare da un’altra parte con una terra equivalente. Perché siccome mangiamo la stessa quantità di cibo, saremo costretti a produrlo da qualche altra parte.
  • Des Biocarburants nocifs pour l'environnement Le Monde - 19 July 2011 Une étude de l'Institute for European Environmental Policy, commandée par une dizaine d'associations de défense de l'environnement, a calculé que l'objectif que s'est fixé l'UE - soit 10 % d'énergies renouvelables dans les transports en 2020, soit deux fois plus qu'aujourd'hui - "pourrait mobiliser près de 70 000 km (plus de deux fois la superficie de la Belgique) de terres supplémentaires à la surface du globe".
  • Biofuels boom in Africa as British firms lead rush on land for plantations The Guardian - 31 May 2011 The Institute of European Environmental Policy recently said carbon released from deforestation linked to biofuels could exceed carbon savings by 35% in 2011 rising to 60% in 2018.
  • EU biofuel targets 'unviable' OneClimate - 13 May 2011 The European Union target of renewables providing 10 per cent of all land transport fuels by 2020 is unsustainable, unviable and needs to be changed, the director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy told a meeting in the Houses of Parliament in London this week.
  • Growing pressure to change EU biofuel policy EuropeanVoice - 28 April 2011 A report by the independent Institute for European Environmental Policy commissioned by green groups showed that ILUC effects could mean that the world loses an area twice the size of Belgium to growing biofuel crops by 2020.
  • Die Brüderle-Tour Die Zeit – 9 March 2011In a study by the Institute for European Environmental Policy, the enormous disadvantages of biofuels are presented - including the use of artificial fertilizers or energy-intensive manufacturing. (In einer Studie des Instituts für Europäische Umweltpolitik werden die enormen Nachteile von Biosprit benannt – unter anderem der Einsatz von Kunstdünger oder die energieintensive Herstellung.)
  • Environmental Association certifies bad biofuel carbon footprint (Umweltverband bescheinigt Biosprit schlechte Klimabilanz) Die Zeit – 24 February 2011 The new E10 Biofuel harms the environment, warns the federal government. More and more acres would be planted with energy crops. This destroys the environment. (Der neue Biokraftstoff E10 schadet dem Klima, warnt der BUND. Immer mehr Äcker müssten mit Energiepflanzen bebaut werden. Das zerstöre die Umwelt.
  • Alles, nur kein Biodiesel WOXX - 21 January 2011
  • Scheinlösung Agrokraftstoffe Luxemburger Wort - 20 January 2011
  • Dramatische Auswirkungen auf Agrarlandschaft Tageblatt - 18 January 2011
  • 2020 mehr statt weniger Treibhausgase Zeitungs - 18 January 2011
  • L'impact des agrocarburants sur le climat des quantités importantes - Des CO2 seront libérées La Voix du Luxembourg - 18 January 2011 
  • Lassen Agrarkraftstoffe die CO2 Emissionen massiv steigen? Journal - 18 January 2011
  • Quand les plantes polluent Le Quotidien - 18 January 2011 Contrary to appearances biofuels won't help to save the climate.
  • RTL News RTL (Luxembourg television) - 18 January 2011 RTL Spoken in German, starting at 19mins 15.

Selected press coverage for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Study

Selected press coverage for IEEP's study Costs and Scoio-Economic Benefits associated with the Natura 2000 Network

  • The socio-economic benefits of Natura 2000 Natura 2000 European Commission Nature and Biodiversity Newsletter - December 2010 Although data is still very limited, studies done so far indicate that the socio-economic benefits derived from Natura 2000 sites far outweigh the cost of conserving them.

Mainstreaming the environment and climate change in the post-2013 EU budget

  • IEEP Paper on EU Budget and Climate Change LIAISE - 06 September 2011 On 29 June 2011, the European Commission formally tabled its proposals for the 2014-2020 EU budget. ‘Mainstreaming’ is put forward as the principal mechanism for financing environmental priorities.

Other IEEP publications, events and commentary

  • The DEFRA White Paper on the Natural Environment: laudable ambitions, but timid actions British Wildlife - August 2011 Despite some recent conservation successes, there is little doubt that the status of British wildlife remains an issue of considerable concern.
  • Preparing to cast aside Kyoto? European Voice - 06 October 2011 At the UN's talks in Durban, the EU needs to show that it remains committed to leading on climate action, writes Marc Pallemaerts.
  • Between a brock and a hard place The Telegraph - 01 July 2011 Analysis by the authoritative Institute for European Environmental Policy reckons the cuts will amount to at least 7 per cent.
  • Germany’s ‘make-or-break’ energy experiment Washington Post - 10 June 2011 Germany’s ambitious plan to eliminate nuclear power over the next decade has energized environmentalists, but the country faces a tricky task if it wants to keep its promise to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming, analysts say.
  • MEPs: EU budget must rise to meet policy goals ENDS Europe - 8 June 2011 In a paper published on Friday, the IEEP insisted the next budget must be a key mechanism for driving the transition towards a low-carbon economy.
  • New study on ‘greener’ agricultural policy EUROPOLITICS - 6 May 2011 A study conducted for the European Commission by the European economic interest grouping Alliance Environnement, made up of the Institute for European Environmental Policy and Oréade-Brèche, assesses the “environmental impact of market organisation measures and CAP direct support”.