European Environmental Bureau

Founding Year: 1974

Staff: 45

Budget: € 4.7m

Jeremy Wates (Secretary General)

Is a network of over 160 “environmental citizens’ organizations” across 35 European countries representing the “environmental voice” of 30 million European citizens, members and supporters. It strives to mobilize efforts for the continuous betterment of relevant policies by promoting “knowledge and understanding of environmental and sustainable development issues with the general public.” EEB believes that Europe has a crucial role in building a world of “environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy.” Its efforts are primarily focused on the “EU and its decision-making processes” but it also works on a wider scope with the UN and OECD, specifically on the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Work areas:

  • Nature, Agriculture and Water
  • Climate & Energy
  • Sustainability & Governance
  • Industry & Health
  • Global & Regional Policies
  • Resource Efficiency


  • Crime and Punishment (March 2020, 29p): explains how “vague legal definitions and gaps in enforcement allow for [environmental] crimes to be perpetrated without a suitable punishment.”
  • Recommendations on the future of CAP and climate policies (November 2020, 75p): highlights the role of agriculture in the fight against global warming and “sets out policy recommendations for the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).”


European Environmental Bureau contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • 1. No Poverty

    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.

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  • 2. Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • 3. Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • 4. Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • 5. Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • 10. Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • 13. Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • 14. Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • 15. Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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