Climate Targets

CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • Letter to MEPs on the election of the President of the Commission

    15.07.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Member of the European Parliament, 
    Congratulations on your successful election.
    You will have your first opportunity to vote to defend climate tomorrow Tuesday, when the Parliament is expected to vote on the election of the President of the Commission.
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  • Letter to EU environment ministers on EU climate ambition ahead of their informal meeting in July

    04.07.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Minister,

    On 11 July, you will be meeting in Helsinki to discuss EU climate ambition ahead of the United Nations Secretary General Climate Action Summit in September. This is a unique opportunity for the EU to announce its determination to step up its commitments under the Paris Agreement and resume its position as a global climate leader, by announcing the EU is ready to enhance its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Climate Action Network

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  • EU must block Greece’s desperate attempt to subsidise coal power

    25.06.2019 | Op-eds

    Greek consumers could end up footing the bill for new coal plants well beyond 2050 under a proposed government scheme, despite recently agreed EU electricity market rules specifically designed to call time on coal subsidies, write Joanna Flisowska and Nikos Mantzaris.

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  • Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments block EU climate ambition

    20.06.2019 | Press Releases

    EU leaders meeting in Brussels today failed to agree to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 and to commit to revising the EU’s 2030 climate target, due to a veto from the Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments.

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  • Four new EU countries announce support for reaching net zero emissions by 2050

    18.06.2019 | Press Releases

    On 17 and 18 June, four new EU countries, namely Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland and Slovakia announced their support for the net zero emissions by 2050 goal, increasing the total number of EU countries in favour to 22. With three new CEE countries on board, the EU is much closer to reaching an agreement on this at this week’s European Council.

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  • EU on track to reach agreement on net zero emissions by 2050 this week

    17.06.2019 | Press Releases

    Strong support from progressive countries key to a successful outcome

    Brussels, 17th June 2019, for immediate release

    Feeling the pressure from the public, and in particular from young people, EU governments are getting closer to reaching an agreement on achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and on raising the EU’s 2030 climate target [1]. With only a few Central European governments still on the fence [2], the decision can be made already at the upcoming EU Heads

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  • Letter from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    17.06.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.

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  • Briefing: the battle over the EU's climate ambition

    11.06.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    This briefing shows that since the beginning of 2018, 22 EU Member States in total have signed on numerous statements calling for increasing efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Only six Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have decided not to join any of the declarations in support for more climate action so far.

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  • Just Transition or Just Talk?

    29.05.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    New report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal. The draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 21 EU Member States which still use coal for electricity generation show that only eight are committed to phasing out coal by 2030.

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  • New report shows some EU Member States intent on burning coal for electricity beyond 2030 whilst banking on EU funding for a just energy transition

    29.05.2019 | Press Releases

    Today, a new report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal. The draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 21 EU Member States which still use coal for electricity generation show that only eight are committed to phasing out coal by 2030. Yet, Member States with no plans to move away from coal are benefiting from various EU schemes intended to support the energy

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  • Fragmented Parliament needs unity to tackle climate emergency

    27.05.2019 | Press Releases

    As a result of the European elections concluded yesterday, the two traditional major parties of the social democrats and conservatives will no longer have a majority in the European Parliament. However, given the large support from voters for parties that have put climate action forward as a priority, there is a large majority of parties that now need to put climate action first and work together to tackle the climate emergency.

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  • Climate tops the European elections debate, forcing laggards to finally take a stand

    22.05.2019 | Press Releases

    Thanks to hundreds of thousands of young people protesting across European cities over the last months against the lack of adequate action to confront the climate emergency, climate change for the first time tops the agenda of the European election campaign. This has put pressure on more conservative politicians to finally acknowledge the need for climate action in their election campaigns.

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  • People’s Climate Case: Court acknowledges climate change is affecting everyone but dismisses the case

    22.05.2019 | Press Releases

    The European General Court dismissed the

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  • EU leaders turn a blind eye to the climate crisis, despite growing momentum

    09.05.2019 | Press Releases

    As the Future of Europe summit in Sibiu, Romania, comes to an end, it is clear that EU leaders failed to respond to the growing public unrest and commit to make climate change the EU’s top priority. This is despite the momentum created by statements from eight EU Member States and a broad coalition of European stakeholders determined to push for more decisive climate action.

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  • EU emissions finally decrease again, highlighting the need for sustained action

    08.05.2019 | Press Releases

    In 2018, carbon emissions across the EU decreased by 2.5% compared to the year before, according to the preliminary data published by Eurostat today.

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  • Eight EU countries call for making climate action a priority for Europe

    08.05.2019 | Press Releases

    On the eve of the Future of Europe Summit on 9 May, governments representing eight EU Member States called for putting climate action at the centre of future EU cooperation and for substantially increasing the EU’s efforts to combat climate change.

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  • European stakeholders call for immediate action in face of climate emergency

    07.05.2019 | Press Releases

    In an unprecedented Climate Action Call published today, a broad coalition is urging European leaders to take decisive action to respond to the climate emergency. Hundreds of European cities, regions, businesses, youth and faith groups and civil society organisations working on climate, human rights, litigation, mobilization, sports and health call upon leaders to profoundly alter the way we run our societies and economies to

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  • Letter from the plaintiffs of the People's Climate Case to the EU decision makers

    23.04.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe supports a climate case initiated by 10 families from Europe and outside together with the Saami Youth Association from Sweden. The plaintiffs claim that the EU's 2030 target is not ambitious enough to protect their lives, livelihoods and fundamental rights from the worsening impacts of climate change. 

    The letter below

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  • CAN Europe 2018 Annual Report

    19.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    To be called the “great platform to engage in the climate debate” that “improves our impact at national level” and provides “support, information and inspiration” compliments our entire Network and will continue to drive our shared effort to live up to such high accolades at this time of growing climate urgency.

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  • Defenders, Delayers or Dinosaurs: where do EU political groups stand on climate change?

    17.04.2019 | Press Releases

    Centre and conservative parties of the current European Parliament have failed to treat climate change with the urgency it demands, according to a new ranking published today by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. At the same time, national champions in these groups demonstrate that centre and conservative parties can play a

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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



Zanna Vanrenterghem
Climate Ambition Project Coordinator
zanna /at/
+32 2893 0839