CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • UK raises the bar on its 2030 climate ambition, a few days before crunch time on the EU 2030 climate target

    04.12.2020 | Press Releases

    The prime minister of the United Kingdom has announced a new, increased climate target for 2030 of at least 68% greenhouse gas emission cuts, just in time before he co-organises the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. This announcement is also taking place a few days ahead of a European Council where EU leaders should also adopt a new, more ambitious 2030 climate target.

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  • EU on the right path in emission reductions, but it must pick up the pace towards 2030

    30.11.2020 | Press Releases

    New data on greenhouse gas emission reductions in the EU published today in the European Environment Agency (EEA)’s annual ‘trends and projections’ assessments show a 4% emissions decrease in 2019 from 2018, showing that deep emission cuts are possible and can be achieved irrespective of economic trends.

    Nevertheless, higher

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  • Poland and Hungary must live up to EU’s greatest challenges: Unlock the budget and recovery and go for higher climate ambition

    19.11.2020 | Press Releases

    At a European summit dedicated to enhancing the EU’s response to the COVID outbreak, prime ministers of Poland and Hungary reiterated their opposition to the EU budget and recovery funds on the issue of the rule of law, while a quick endorsement of the financial stimuli is needed to allow all EU countries to both relaunch their economies and finance a just and clean energy transition in line with a higher 2030 emission reduction target, a decision that is due to be made at the

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  • Biden wins: a game changer for international climate politics

    09.11.2020 | Press Releases

    The outcome of the US elections must serve as a game-changer in US international climate leadership. Unlike his predecessor who chose to ignore the science, the Biden administration has committed to putting his country back on track with the Paris Agreement goals, a great signal for the world.

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  • Policy briefing on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)

    02.11.2020 | Reports & Briefs

    The Energy Charter Treaty is an international agreement that protects foreign investors in the energy sector and allows them to challenge state measures in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The treaty is incompatible with the EU’s climate commitments and the current modernisation process will not fix this, as the necessary reforms are either opposed by other contracting parties or not being discussed. 

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  • Leaked Commission plan fails to bring the Energy Charter Treaty in line with climate commitments

    28.10.2020 | Press Releases

    A leaked European Commission proposal reveals that the EU is not serious about ending the protection of fossil fuels under the controversial Energy Charter Treaty. [1] European Commissioners are expected today to sign off proposals to reform the investment agreement, which is currently being renegotiated to ‘modernise’ it, due to climate concerns. [2]

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  • Letter to EU Energy and Climate Ministers on the reform of the Energy Charter Treaty

    28.10.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    To EU Energy and Climate Ministers, 27 October 2020

    Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe's leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change with over 170 member organisations active in 38 European countries, representing over 1.500 NGOs. ClientEarth is an environmental law charity with offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin and Beijing. ClientEarth uses the power of the law to protect people and the planet. Friends of the Earth Europe is the European

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  • EU environment ministers back bolder climate action by 2030

    23.10.2020 | Press Releases

    Environment ministers of the European Union met today to discuss their position on the EU Climate Law. Following the recent position of the Parliament which called for an increase of the EU’s 2030 climate target to 60% emission cuts, several ministers advocated for upgrading the proposed goal to 60-65% to stay on track with the Paris Agreement and prevent dangerous climate change.

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  • EU leaders delay agreement on 2030 climate target, but confirm December deadline

    16.10.2020 | Press Releases

    EU Heads of States and Governments discussed the proposed increase of the EU 2030 climate target but confirmed that a final decision will only be taken at their next meeting in December. To honour the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to substantially increase its commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 before the end of the year.

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  • The Renovation Wave sets the right direction, but falls short on the needed ambition

    14.10.2020 | Press Releases

    The European Commission’s comprehensive plan on how to increase energy renovations across the EU, dubbed the Renovation Wave, provides - finally - a strong recognition of the important role of tackling emissions from the building sector. However, doubling the renovation rate of our guzzling houses and offices will not be sufficient to ensure healthy, energy-efficient and carbon-free buildings for all. 

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  • EU leaders must raise climate ambition to curb rising costs of global warming to the continent

    12.10.2020 | Press Releases


    EU heads of state and government will discuss the level of the new EU 2030 emission reductions target at the European Council this week. Raising the climate ambition of the bloc in line with the Paris Agreement is essential to limit the growing economic costs of global warming, estimated to reach by mid-century more than 175 billion euros each year for the EU, with economic damages in Southern and Eastern economies being double the average.

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  • The European Parliament vote on climate law inches closer to science

    07.10.2020 | Press Releases

    The European Parliament today adopted its position on the EU 2030 climate target, calling for an increase to at least 60% emission cuts, excluding removals, a major step forward for EU’s climate ambition and its international leadership in the fight against climate change.

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  • Central and Eastern European leaders must back the Green Transition

    06.10.2020 | Op-eds

    Leaders should take advantage of the recovery fund to bring the climate goals of their citizens to fruition and use experience from the past to shape a green future, write NGO members across Central and Eastern Europe countries.

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  • Call upon CEE leaders to support climate ambition in European Council

    05.10.2020 | Press Releases

    Today over 180 civil society actors, businesses, youth organisations and, local and regional initiatives from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) call on their governments to catch the wave of the European Green Deal, ahead of the European Council next week where EU governments will discuss the new EU 2030 climate target.

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  • An appeal to CEE Prime Ministers to go for higher climate ambition

    05.10.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    With this appeal, we would like to turn to you ahead of the European Council on 15-16 October that will be decisive for European climate ambition and the Green Recovery of our economies.

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  • LETTER: Global crises demand strengthened cooperation and solidarity

    05.10.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    The undersigned CSO networks call on EU leaders to reverse cuts to EU budget funds for partner countries and reinforce solidarity with crisis-affected people.

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  • Submission to the roadmap on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive

    21.09.2020 | Submissions to Consultations

    To ensure we reach net zero emissions by 2040, EU Member States need to phase out fossil fuels and commit to a strong reduction in energy consumption and a transition of our energy system to one that is 100% based on sustainable renewable energy sources (RES) by 2040. The current 2030 EU RES target is not in line with the Paris Agreement objective to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • EU-Mercosur: climate costs higher than economic benefits, new report shows

    18.09.2020 | Press Releases

    A report commissioned by the French government on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement, to be presented to French Prime Minister today shows that solely the expansion of beef production in the Mercosur

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  • European Commission boosts EU’s 2030 climate ambition

    16.09.2020 | Press Releases

    In her first State of the Union, European Commission president Von der Leyen tabled a proposal for at least 55% emission cuts for the EU by 2030, up from the previous 40% target. This substantial increase in emission reductions in the short term is a welcome step provided the urgent response needed to avert dangerous climate change. However, the new target must be considered as a baseline since science requires more emission cuts, and it needs improvement to focus on real

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  • Media briefing: 40 vs 55% emission cuts for 2030

    15.09.2020 | Press Releases

    The European Commission will likely launch on Thursday 17 September a proposal to increase the EU's 2030 climate target to -55% emission reductions and removals of greenhouse gases, as compared to 1990 levels. This is a substantial increase from the current at least -40% target, though the two cannot be fully compared as the Commission in its proposal is expected to change the sectors covered by this target.

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Wendel Trio
CAN Europe Director
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+32 2894 4677



Klaus Röhrig
EU Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator
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+32 2893 0839