Climate Targets

CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • EU governments show lack of commitment to Paris Agreement

    13.10.2017 | Press Releases

    Today EU Environment Ministers have reached an agreement on the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which is meant to be one of the EU’s key tools to implement the Paris Agreement.

    Diluted to the point of being almost meaningless, the new law as agreed by the ministers would fail to provide a serious constraint for carbon pollution from transport, agriculture, waste and buildings. Thus, it would have an extremely limited impact on the climate.

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  • EU governments face a litmus test for Paris Agreement commitment

    09.10.2017 | Press Releases

    On 13th October, EU Environment Ministers are expected to agree on their position on one of the EU’s cornerstone measures for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR).

    The negotiations of this policy show that EU Member States play a two-faced game on climate: they claim commitment to the Paris Agreement, but at the same time try their utmost to avoid real climate action at home.

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  • MEPs call for higher EU climate target

    04.10.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution ahead of this year’s UN Climate Summit COP23. It calls on the EU to review and increase its 2030 climate target, following the next UN Climate Summit in 2018, when world leaders will gather to assess progress in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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  • Press briefing: Europe's two-faced climate change game

    04.10.2017 | Press Releases

    Invitation to a media briefing ahead of the Environment Council on 13 October

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  • Letter to Environment Ministers on ESR, COP23 and LULUCF

    02.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Minister,

    Adopting the Paris Agreement in 2015 marked a critical turning point toward a zero-carbon future, uniting the world in a global effort to tackle climate change. During the next Environment Council meeting on 13 October you will have the opportunity to decide on the Council’s position on two of the three pillars of the EU’s climate policy; the Regulations on Effort Sharing (ESR) and Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).

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  • What the Environment Council needs to do about the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)

    29.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    In July 2016, the European Commission published its legislative proposal for emission reductions in the sectors transport, agriculture, buildings, small industry and waste for 2021-2030, the so called Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR).

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  • Europe’s two-faced climate change game

    29.09.2017 | Op-eds

    EU member states risk undermining the diminishing confidence Europeans have in the Union by playing a two-faced game on climate change, warns Wendel Trio.

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  • EU Member States stance on their climate targets shows hypocrisy

    28.09.2017 | Press Releases

    Yesterday EU Member States’ ambassadors discussed a draft position on the future of one of the EU’s cornerstone measures for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which sets national targets to reduce emissions from transport, waste, agriculture, buildings and small industry.

    The text, which received large support from the ambassadors, forms a basis for the position of EU Environment Ministers, expected to be agreed

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  • Briefing Assessment: Second compromise text of the proposed Governance of the Energy Union

    26.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    If the Governance legislation is done right, the framework can significantly contribute to implementing the EU's fair share to achieve the long term objectives of the Paris Agreement. It can also help unlocking investor confidence and reduce transition costs while reducing the risks of stranded assets across the European economy.

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  • Letter to Energy Ministers on ambitious Energy Union Governance

    14.09.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    This letter was sent ahead of the High-level Conference on Energy 'Europe’s Future Electricity Market'

    Dear Minister,

    Next week you will travel to Tallinn, Estonia to discuss amongst several other issues, the proposed
    Regulation for Energy Union Governance.

    The proposed centralisation of climate and energy policy planning and reporting obligations is an
    opportunity to achieve better policy integration and track progress of implementation.

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  • CAN Europe's reaction to the State of the European Union speech

    13.09.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to the State of the European Union speech delivered by the President of the European Commission before the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today, Wendel Trio Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:
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  • A Perfect Match: Climate Action and Fair, Sustainable Development

    12.09.2017 | Op-eds

    In June of this year the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres led a number of scientists to a call for deeper and faster action on climate change. The message she is sending is clear: if we want to avoid the most dangerous impacts of man-made climate change we need to do much more and we need to do it faster.

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  • MEPs revamp draft energy efficiency law

    07.09.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on its formal opinion on the revision of Energy Efficiency Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

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  • Europe’s dramatic summer gives a foretaste of ‘super heatwaves’ to come

    05.09.2017 | Op-eds

    While Europe is recovering from an unusually warm summer, a new study warns that heatwaves with temperatures of above 40°C are expected to become more frequent, with some regions of Eastern Europe hit by new super heatwaves of above 55°C, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • Submission to the Consultation "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change"

    23.08.2017 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe has contributed a submission on "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change" sent out by the Citizens’ Assembly of Ireland.

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  • G19 confirms its commitment for the implementation of the Paris Agreement

    08.07.2017 | Press Releases

    In reaction to the outcome of the G20 summit that has taken place on 7-8 July in Germany, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • France calls for higher EU climate target

    06.07.2017 | Press Releases

    In reaction to the new climate action plan published by the French government today, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • Hundreds of cities, states and regions, businesses, investors, and civil society organisations are moving to implement the Paris Agreement ahead of G20 meeting in Hamburg

    05.07.2017 | Press Releases

    The Paris Agreement is the route to prosperity, productivity, safety and health and we are moving ahead with its implementation at an accelerating pace.

    This is the message being sent today by hundreds of cities, states, regions, businesses, investors and many others to the leaders of the G20 who will gather in Hamburg, Germany on 7th July. 

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  • Climate at centre of G20 talks

    05.07.2017 | Press Releases

    Tackling climate change will be one of the central tasks of the G20 summit of the world’s largest economies taking place on 7-8 July in Germany.

    Civil society is calling on the leaders to send a strong signal of their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, including through pursuing deeper emission cuts than currently foreseen.

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  • EU governments propose to dilute EU energy efficiency law

    26.06.2017 | Press Releases

    EU Energy Ministers meeting in Luxembourg today have adopted their position on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) for after 2020. By agreeing to dilute its cornerstone measure: the annual energy savings obligation, they propose to significantly weaken the policy and thus also profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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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