CAN Europe Publications on:

Coal Phase Out

  • Reducing air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans would save thousands of lives annually

    13.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Swift and significant emission cuts by Europe’s top polluters under new rules would boost health and reduce healthcare costs.

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  • CAN Europe letter ahead of the Energy Council on 18 December

    13.12.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    For Energy Council on 18 December

    Brussels, 13 December 2017

    Dear Minister,

    Ahead of Energy Council on Monday 18 December, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe would like to call on you to adopt an ambitious position on the Market Design Initiative, the Renewable Energy Directive, and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation.

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  • EU governments at a crossroads - clean or dirty energy?

    13.12.2017 | Press Releases

    On 18 December, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on four legislative files under the Clean Energy Package, namely those regarding renewable energy, governance and the internal market for electricity.

    Worryingly, the draft documents for the meeting show that they are stubbornly insisting on an outdated, blatantly unambitious position on the renewable energy target and weak rules for helping countries make energy transition. They are also

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  • New EU platform can help Europe get beyond coal

    11.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Today an EU Platform for Coal Regions in Transition is being launched by European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič. The Platform aims to support Member States and regions as they shift away from coal towards renewable energy, in order to “leave no region behind”.

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  • Estonia makes surprise push for coal subsidies

    05.12.2017 | Press Releases

    The Estonian EU Presidency has opened the door to allowing massive coal subsidies in the new EU power market rules, proposing changes eliminating the carbon intensity threshold for existing coal plants at the 11th hour of negotiations.(1) The changes could allow the use of public money for plants to stay open longer, and even extend their lifetimes.

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  • Crunch time as EU decides on clean energy laws

    27.11.2017 | Press Releases

    The European Parliament and Energy Ministers are currently finalising their respective positions on the Clean Energy Package - eight legislative proposals that will guide energy policy all across Europe for the next decade. They must step up and strengthen the proposals if Europe is serious about tackling climate change and making European policies work

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  • Climate Change Performance Index 2018: High commitment to Paris - insufficient action at home

    15.11.2017 | Press Releases

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    • Global energy transition taking up speed - but no country is doing enough
    • Countries have to strengthen targets and implementation
    • Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway leading the table - USA in free fall
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  • EU fails to deliver on Paris Agreement by setting its carbon market for another decade of failure

    09.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the EU institutions reached an agreement on the redesign of one of the bloc’s key climate policies, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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  • Joint NGO statement on the ETS revision

    08.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Being serious about the Paris Agreement:
    Stop the ETS funding coal,
    Start a meaningful carbon price

    This Agreement [] aims to [] making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
    Paris Agreement, Article 2(1)c

    We, the undersigned, urgently appeal to Representatives of European Parliament, Council and the European Commission to ensure that

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  • Poland wins Fossil of the Day Award at the Bonn climate summit

    07.11.2017 | Press Releases

    On the second day of this year’s UN climate summit in Bonn, Poland won the second place of the shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to Poland, the host of the next UN climate summit in 2018, for working day and night to turn the EU’s carbon market into potentially the largest coal subsidy scheme in history.

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  • CAN Europe Side Event at COP23: Increasing action between now and 2020

    06.11.2017 | Event & Actions

    Reducing emissions drastically in the near term, before 2020, is a precondition for countries to be able to meet the long term goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

    In this side event Climate Action Network Europe discusses the most important means countries can take to reduce their emissions immediately, and elaborate on why more speedy and effective action will minimise the damage to our societies imposed by climate change.

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  • Challenge to EU leaders: Time to move Europe Beyond Coal

    02.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

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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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  • New rules hasten end for Europe’s dirtiest power plants

    31.07.2017 | Press Releases

    Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, will be forced to clean up or close down thanks to new EU rules adopted today. The revised standards demand reductions in toxic emissions, yet businesses and governments appear unprepared.

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  • Coal Phase-out: Inter-ministerial Climate Action Group

    30.06.2017 | Blogs

    Western Balkans leaders committed to work on the energy transition at a Ministerial meeting that took place in Austria in early June. They established an inter-ministerial Climate Action Group, aimed at regional coordination of the national energy and climate plans. The group will be meeting twice per year and its agenda is yet to be filled.

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  • News from the Balkans: Serbia ratifies Paris Agreement but keeps planning new coal

    01.06.2017 | Blogs

    On 29 May 2017 Serbia ratified the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, in the same time, the Government put out a draft of the national Energy Strategy Implementation Plan, prioritising new coal project and foreseeing further exploration of coal deposits in the country. National NGOs will be fighting these plans in the coming months.

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  • Winning a losing game: Turkey’s electricity utility gets a fossil fuel subsidy award for its role in coal expansion

    01.06.2017 | Blogs

    What's the situation?

    Turkey’s electricity utility, EÜAŞ, “won” the second place in the Sneaky Special Treatment category of the Fossil Fuels Subsidy Awards due to its significant and increasing public support for new coal mines and power plants which would not attract investors otherwise.

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  • Letter to Selected Ministers of the EU Environment Council: the reformed ETS Directive and establishment of a Just Transition Fund

    26.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    This letter is addressed to Environment Ministers and Permanent Representatives of Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Bulgaria

    Dear Environment Ministers,

    As the ETS revision process closes to an end, we would like to bring to your attention, the crucial issue of establishing a Just Transition Fund in order to support local economies and especially workers and their families in regions where lignite and coal

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  • Letter to ETS Rapporteurs: Establishment of the Just Transition Fund and end of coal subsidies (art. 10c)

    26.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Rapporteur/Shadow Rapporteur,

    As the ETS revision process closes to an end, we would like to bring to your attention to important differences between the decision of the European Parliament and the “general approach” agreed between the Environment Ministers in terms of EU ETS Funds. The eligibility criteria for investments under an article 10c derogation and the establishment of a Just Transition Fund. Both issues concern lower income Member States and are crucial for their

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  • Letter to EU Environment Council: exclusion of coal investments through ETS funds and support establishment of Just Transition Fund

    25.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Environment Minister,

    Ahead of the upcoming trilogue meeting on the revision of EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS), the undersigned, representing 30 networks and organizations representing citizens from across Europe, would like to urge you to ensure that the funding mechanisms dedicated to help lower-income Member States transform their energy systems (article 10c and the Modernization Fund) are robust and well-designed to truly support the development of renewable energy and

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Joanna Flisowska
Senior Coal Policy Coordinator
joanna / at /
Based in Katowice, Poland


Magdalena Klarenbach
Coal Policy Officer
klara / at /
Based in Krakow, Poland


Viktor Berishaj
Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe
viktor /at/

+32 4714 38 442


Elif Gündüzyeli
Turkey Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator
elif /at/
Based in Istanbul, Turkey


Elif Cansu
Turkey Policy Officer
cansu /at/
Based in Istanbul, Turkey