CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • 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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  • Environment committee puts the European Parliament one step closer to the Paris Agreement goal

    10.09.2020 | Press Releases

    The members of the Environment committee of the European Parliament have set their position on the European Climate Law. By endorsing a 2030 climate target for the EU of 60% emission reductions, up from the current 40%, they made a key step closer to what is needed to achieve the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement even though science requires at least 65% cuts.

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    09.09.2020 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe’s submission focuses on the work strands that are currently covered byCAN Europe’s submission focuses on the work strands that are currently covered byCAN Europe, namely the system development under the Ten Year NetworkDevelopment Plan (TYNDP), transparency issues and methane leakage.

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  • FACTSHEET: science shows 65% emission reduction by 2030 is feasible and pays off

    08.09.2020 | Press Releases

    Science confirms that the best way to prevent dramatic climate change is to cut greenhouse gas emission by 65% by 2030. The following four recent studies illustrate the benefits of ambitious climate action in the EU.

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  • LETTER: The importance of Minimum Energy Performance Standards to spur the Renovation Wave

    08.09.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    The upcoming Strategic Communication on the Renovation Wave is crucial to deliver on the objectives of the European Green Deal and the EU Recovery Plan, since faster and deeper energy renovations are a must for a climate-neutral Europe and a clear win-win investment priority for a green and fair recovery.

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  • Submission to consultation: roadmap offshore renewable energy strategy

    25.08.2020 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe welcomes the preparation of the EU offshore renewable energy strategy. 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 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. In the coming decade and

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    14.08.2020 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe’s submission focuses on the work strands that are currently covered by CAN Europe, namely the system development under the Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) and transparency issues.

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    10.08.2020 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe is asking both policymakers and grid operators to make the TYNDP fully compatible with the Paris Agreement. European energy infrastructure urgently needs to be prepared for a 100% renewable energy system, making use of all flexibility options in a swift and cost-effective way.

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  • EU leaders vow to tie recovery to higher climate ambition for 2030

    21.07.2020 | Press Releases

    EU Heads of State and Government agreed on a more ambitious green recovery proposal, which includes an increase of the climate action spending target to 30%, with a view to achieving the new EU 2030 climate target that is to be updated by the end of the year.

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  • Submission - Feedback on ENTSOS' Proposals for TYNDP 2022 Storylines

    20.07.2020 | Submissions to Consultations

    Future energy infrastructure planning in Europe needs to be fully aligned with the Paris Agreement. CAN Europe recommends to increase variation of TYNDP 2022 storylines by assessing higher ambition of greenhouse gas emission reductions. In order to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, a trajectory towards net-zero emissions in 2040 should be assessed.

    Instead of primarily opposing “decentralised” and “global” solutions in the TYNDP 2022 storylines,

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  • A carbon-neutral Europe should have fossil-free foundations

    08.07.2020 | Press Releases

    The European Commission aims to make hydrogen a crucial part of becoming climate-neutral, proposing a massive scale up in the short term, but needs to focus early enough on hydrogen produced with renewable electricity, the only hydrogen able to deliver the needed climate benefits in hard to decarbonise sectors. The Hydrogen and the Energy System Integration Strategies revealed today rely on the use of fossil gas up to 2050 and “cleaning the gas sector” as stated by Energy

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  • LETTER: Clean Hydrogen Alliance launch and future work strands - involvement of Civil Society Organisations/NGOs

    07.07.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    The EU’s Clean Hydrogen Alliance, set to be launched on 8 July, is proposed to play an important role in implementing the future Hydrogen Strategy of the European Union. However, the undersigned organisations are concerned that the proposed Alliance risks establishing a clear conflict of interest by granting industry undue influence over the regulation of the burgeoning hydrogen sector: no other alliance has had such a strategic role in the past in terms of defining projects for

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  • Disarm fossil fuel firms

    06.07.2020 | Op-eds

    Two recent examples of the Dutch and German coal exit show how fossil fuel firms are using an outdated international investment treaty, the Energy Charter Treaty, to attack climate policies. The treaty provides fossil fuel companies with a strong tool to impede the clean energy transition. It is time to disarm them, writes Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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  • Offshore wind in the North Seas is key to reaching climate neutrality, but needs a better framework

    06.07.2020 | Press Releases

    Offshore wind plays a key role in the energy transition to limit temperature rise to 1.5° as stated in the Paris Agreement. The North Seas Countries, including Germany, and the European Commission met today to discuss how to improve planning and cooperation to ensure offshore wind is deployed in a timely and consistent manner.

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  • There’s no role for fossil fuels in an energy scenario truly aligned with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C target

    03.07.2020 | Press Releases

    The European grid operators ENTSO-E and ENTSOG have updated their scenarios for the Ten Year Network Development Plan 2020. CAN Europe welcomes that the grid operators improved transparency of their scenario building, however, while we are in a climate emergency and the European Commission plans to increase the EU climate targets, these scenarios are still trapped in an old energy world.

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  • CAN Europe’s Position Paper on the EU 2030 energy targets

    01.07.2020 | CAN Europe Positions

    Action in the next 10 years will be most decisive in reaching the 1.5°C objective. The EU will need to increase its 2030 domestic greenhouse emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement from at least 40% to at least 65% compared to 1990 emissions. Such an ambition level would be in line with the recent UNEP Emissions Gap Report underlining that a trajectory consistent with the Paris 1.5°C goal requires emissions to annually decrease by 7.6% between now and 2030. 

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  • Civil society-led energy scenario sets path to climate neutral Europe by 2040

    30.06.2020 | Press Releases

    European civil society organisations map out the first-ever NGO-led energy scenario based on 100% renewable energy and looking at reducing carbon emissions by at least 65% by 2030. The analysis corroborates existing evidence, showing that Europe can achieve climate neutrality by 2040 - a decade before the 2050 target - and lead the rest of the world in the energy

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  • IEA Energy Policy Review: EU energy policy needs teeth to limit temperature increase to 1.5°

    25.06.2020 | Press Releases

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the European Union should align its short-term recovery objectives with the long-term climate goal by investing in energy efficiency and clean energy infrastructure to see greenhouse gas emissions further decline. These are some of the key recommendations put forward in IEA’s quinquennial report “

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Wendel Trio
CAN Europe Director
wendel /at/
+32 2894 4677



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