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

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

    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.  
  • Letter to EU environment ministers on EU climate ambition ahead of their informal meeting in July

    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 Europe is calling on the EU to increase its 2030 domestic greenhouse emission reduction target to at least 65% compared to 1990 emissions.
  • Letter from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    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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