Adaptation to climate change in Europe


Adapting to the impacts and consequences of climate change is becoming an urgent need for countries all over the world, including in Europe.

The global average temperature has already increased by 1°C above pre-industrial levels, exposing countries all over the world to the severe impacts of a changing climate. Europe is also experiencing an increasing level of climate change impacts.

Due to its geography and respective landmass, the global temperature change means a temperature warming across Europe by nearly 2°C, imposing serious negative climate impacts.

Climate-related events such as drought, extreme storms, and sea-level rise are set to get more frequent and more forceful, imposing major consequences for the European economy; the European Environment Agency estimates costs up to €120 billion per year under a 2°C warming scenario, and up to €200 billion per year under a 3°C warming scenario.

It is against this backdrop that the EU and its Member States will need to work more collectively and pro-actively to enhance adaptation to climate change in Europe.

CAN Europe tracks the efforts of the EU and its Member States to design and implement effective climate adaptation plans that will protect all sectors of our society.


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Climate Change Adaptation in the International Agreements

Through the adoption and ratification of the Paris Agreement, the EU has committed to “limit global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and of pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels." Read more


The EU Adaptation Strategy

The EU’s current Adaptation Strategy was launched in 2013 with the intention to scale up the European Union’s resilience to the growing impacts of climate change that it is facing. Read more



Rachel Simon
Climate and Development Policy Coordinator
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Latest Publications

  • Open letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition

    A unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups, standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition, calls upon EU leaders to ramp up the EU's climate action.
  • Letter to Energy and Environment Ministers on strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy

    February 2019   Clean Planet for all: Strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy   Dear Energy and Environment Ministers, On 4 March and 5 March respectively you will meet in Brussels to discuss the European Commission’s proposed long term strategy vision for a climate neutral economy – A Clean Planet for all.
  • NGO letter on the long term climate strategy ahead of the Competitiveness Council

    In this letter, NGOs Climate Action Network Europe, Carbon Market Watch, E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism, European Environmental Bureau, Sandbag and WWF European Policy Office call upon EU Economy and Industry Ministers to: Endorse the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy and support an EU long-term climate target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040; Call upon the European Commission to present a new and integrated EU industrial climate strategy for energy-intensive industries in support of a competitive, circular and net-zero emission heavy industry transition;  Recognise the immediate need to provide a policy framework which supports and incentivises the full decarbonisation and transformation of resource and energy-intensive industry sectors before 2050. NGO letter on the long term climate strategy ahead of the Competitiveness Council
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