Climate Targets

CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • CCPI: European countries fail to take adequate climate action

    09.12.2018 | Press Releases

    The Climate Change Performance Index 2019 (CCPI), published today at the climate summit COP24 by Germanwatch, the NewClimate Institute and Climate Action Network (CAN) shows that three years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, none of the 56 evaluated countries nor the EU are doing enough to achieve the temperature goals agreed in Paris. Countries must urgently increase their targets and scale up action to implement

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  • Unique ‘Coalition for Higher Ambition’ calls upon the EU to step up at COP24

    08.12.2018 | Press Releases

    As the first week of this year’s climate summit COP24 draws to a close, a unique gathering of businesses, investors, local authorities, trade unions and NGOs are calling upon EU Ministers arriving at the COP next week to commit to significantly increase the current EU climate commitments by 2020, in order to secure a successful outcome of the summit.

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  • EU fails to strike agreement on excluding coal subsidies from the electricity market

    06.12.2018 | Press Releases

    EU legislators have once again failed to agree on electricity market rules that would lead to zero-emissions energy systems. Instead, under the Austrian Presidency consent, some Member States are still trying to secure massive subsidies through so-called ‘Capacity mechanisms’ to polluting and uncompetitive coal-fired power plants.

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  • Poland wins Fossil of the Day Award at COP24

    04.12.2018 | Press Releases

    The host of this year’s UN climate summit COP24, Poland won the shameful Fossil of the Day Award from Climate Action Network International today. The dubious award was handed down to Poland for promoting coal interests and turning a blind eye to the need to ramp up climate pledges by 2020.

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  • COP24 starts with bold statements on the need to increase climate action

    03.12.2018 | Press Releases

    EU leaders of Austria, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain attending the climate summit COP24 have recognized that further climate action is necessary to reach the 1.5°C temperature goal set out in the Paris Agreement.

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  • COP24: first deadline for the Paris Agreement

    30.11.2018 | Press Releases

    Success requires EU leadership

    On 2 December, government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 climate summit, where all countries of the world, including all EU Member States, need to commit to adopting higher 2030 climate targets by 2020; agree on the Paris rulebook, which will govern how the landmark agreement will be implemented; and provide adequate support for developing countries. To stay below 1.5°C in line with the landmark IPCC report,

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  • European Commission takes a step forward on climate change

    28.11.2018 | Press Releases

    The proposal to upgrade the EU’s long-term target to net zero emissions by 2050 included in the draft Long-Term EU Climate Strategy released by the European Commission today is an important step forward, but it is likely not enough to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • Judging the EU climate strategy: Will it be enough to prevent the worst climate breakdown?

    26.11.2018 | Press Releases

    The European Commission is expected to publish its proposal for a long-term EU climate strategy on Wednesday, 28 November. This proposal will set the stage for negotiations among European governments about how much the EU should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and what action it should take to make sure it achieves the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. The IPCC’s recent report says that the next 12 years are

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  • Briefing: EU Long Term Strategy and the Paris Agreement

    23.11.2018 | Reports & Briefs

    This briefing concerns the draft EU Long-Term Strategy. It explains that while setting a net zero by 2050 target would be a clear improvement as compared to the current roadmap, it would likely not be sufficient to meet the EU’s fair share of efforts to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.

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  • Join CAN Europe events at the COP24 climate summit!

    27.11.2018 | Event & Actions

    This December government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland, for the  COP24 climate summit. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement. They are expected to commit to put forward higher 2030 climate targets by 2020, deliver a robust Paris Agreement rulebook and provide predictable and meaningful financial support for developing countries. Click to find out more on CAN Europe's side events.

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  • First auction of Polish capacity mechanisms sinks billions of euros into subsidising the country’s addiction to coal

    20.11.2018 | Press Releases

    The Polish electricity grid operator has just published the official preliminary results of the first capacity market auction in Poland to award contracts to power plants from 2021 onwards. Capacity mechanisms, which are

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  • 10 EU countries call for raising the bar of the EU’s long term climate plan

    20.11.2018 | Press Releases

    In a letter to the European Commission sent last week, environment ministers representing 10 EU Member States have called upon the EU’s executive to clearly support a target of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 and propose a higher 2030 target in the draft long-term climate strategy to be published on 28 November.

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  • Court’s decision makes a case for excluding dirty energy from capacity mechanisms subsidies

    15.11.2018 | Press Releases

    The General Court of the European Union has decided today to annul the European Commission’s decision not to raise objections to the aid scheme establishing a ‘capacity market’ in the United Kingdom. The ruling puts into question many capacity mechanisms in place across Europe, including the Polish capacity market which is based on the UK model.

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  • Electricity market must serve higher climate ambition

    12.11.2018 | Op-eds

    As negotiations on the EU’s new electricity market enter their crucial trialogue phase, the bloc faces a litmus test for the credibility of its climate ambition. With only two trialogues left, the fate of coal subsidies is still not sealed while COP24 is approaching, writes Joanna Flisowska.

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  • The EU must urgently ramp up its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    26.10.2018 | Press Releases

    Preliminary estimates published today in the European Environment Agency (EEA)’s annual ‘trends and projections’ assessmentsshow a 0.6% emissions increase in 2017 from 2016. IPCC scientists have made a call for bold and faster climate action to limit global warming to 1.5°C, and the EU must wake up now.

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  • EU leaders recognise the need to strengthen climate targets by 2020

    18.10.2018 | Press Releases

    In response to the landmark IPCC report on global warming of 1.5°C published last week, 28 EU Heads of State and Government have called upon all countries of the world to commit, at the upcoming COP24 climate summit in Poland, to review the levels of ambition of their Paris Agreement pledges by 2020.

    The EU now needs to translate this statement into an action plan on how and when its Member States will agree on a new 2030 target, in line

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  • Letter to EU ministers on Capacity Mechanisms

    17.10.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Ahead of the trilogue meeting on the Electricity Market Regulation on 18 October 2018, 31 networks and organisations representing citizens from across Europe urge EU ministers to ensure that capacity mechanisms remain a last resort solution and that they no longer subsidise the burning of fossil fuels, coal in particular.

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  • Europeans demand: stop burning our money with coal!

    11.10.2018 | Press Releases

    Despite their unprofitability and their harmful impacts on our climate, environment and health, coal power plants still receive massive public subsidies. This is why more than 115,000 Europeans have signed the petition “Let’s move beyond coal!” to call on EU leaders to stop pouring taxpayers’ money into coal through so-called capacity mechanisms.

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  • EU divided on the need to increase its 2030 climate target

    09.10.2018 | Press Releases

    15 EU environment ministers called today for increasing the EU’s climate target to limit warming to 1.5°C. The other ministers did not support such a commitment, turning their backs on the landmark IPCC report published yesterday.

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  • Leaked EU strategy at odds with new IPCC report on 1.5°C

    08.10.2018 | Press Releases

    In a draft long-term EU climate strategy leaked by the media today, the European Commission proposes three options for the EU’s long-term target: 80% emission reductions by 2050, reaching net zero emissions by 2070 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

    None of these targets reflect the urgency of action to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C enshrined

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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



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