Investigations

Last edited 2 March 2016 at 3:58pm

We investigate, expose and confront environmental abuse by governments and corporations around the world. 

Email: Investigations.UK@greenpeace.org

Our investigations are a fundamental part of our campaigns. We expose those responsible for environmental crimes. We have a global reach, we have research teams and millions of supporters in countries around the world. This means we can investigate environmental crimes and impacts wherever they are happening, whether it is the middle of the jungle, or even, with the help of Rainbow Warrior and its sister ships, in the far oceans. 

Whistleblowers

Do you want to change the world? Do you know about a crime against the planet? Do you want to blow the whistle about it? Do you have inside documents or data which could help us defend the natural world and promote peace by exposing abuse of the environment? Do you have a tip-off or any secret information that could help us fight climate change and fracking, save the arctic, protect the forests and the oceans, or work for peace and disarmament?

We guarantee that if you are a whistleblower:

  1. We will take your call/contact seriously.
  2. We will not deliberately or accidentally reveal your identity without your consent, even if legal action is taken against us.

You can contact us by emailing Investigations.UK@greenpeace.org, calling 0207 865 8100 and asking for the Investigations Unit, or by sending a note to Investigations Unit, Greenpeace, Canonbury Villas, London N1 2PN.

Recent and ongoing investigations


UK and EU lobbying ahead of policy changes

We revealed in February 2016 that oil and gas giants spent tens of millions of pounds lobbying key decision makers ahead of global climate talks and big changes to UK energy policy

UK new homes in flood zones
On 10 December 2015 we revealed that nearly half the areas earmarked for fast-tracked housing development by the UK government are at significant risk of flooding, making thousands of homes potentially uninsurable. 

Climate sceptic academics-for-hire
On 8 December 2015 undercover investigation exposed how fossil fuel companies can secretly pay academics at leading American universities to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies’ commercial interests.

VW scandal
On 11 October 2015 we exposed how the government agency that carries out emissions tests on new vehicles has been paid more than £80 million by car companies over the last decade. We also revealed the power of the Brussels car lobby

The tuna industry

The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior tracked down what really happens in the tuna industry after Pacific fishermen told Greenpeace investigators they had been forced to work without pay, food and even sleep.

Nuclear power

On 29 July 2015, a Greenpeace investigation into the Fukushima nuclear power plant revealed that the Japanese government is planning to send residents back to live in an area which is still polluted from the 2011 nuclear accident. The radiation doses are higher than those inside the no-go zone around Chernobyl in Ukraine which has been off-limits since a major nuclear accident there in 1986.

Illegal fishing

On 25 July 2015, following a Greenpeace investigation, British courts imposed million pound fines on Spanish trawler owners who were part of a global criminal network carrying out illegal fishing.

Climate change

On 10 April 2015, a Greenpeace investigation revealed that one of the businessmen behind the Global Warming Policy Foundation gave £18,000 to UK Energy Minister Matthew Hancock.

Deforestation

In February 2015, Greenpeace discovered that Santander Bank was financing deforestation in Indonesia. As a result of the investigation, Santander agreed to stop making multi-million pound loans to the pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International.

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