CAN Europe Publications on:

Coal Phase Out

  • 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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  • Berlin coal plant is Europe’s 12th to close in 18 months

    24.05.2017 | Press Releases

    Owner Vattenfall is closing the 188MW Klingenberg lignite plant after sustained pressure from local campaigners.

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  • Dutch bank ING: Campaigners to call for coal finance cuts at AGM

    05.05.2017 | Press Releases

    At its 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 8 May, the biggest Dutch bank ING will face calls from European campaigners to end its financial support to companies building or planning new coal mines and coal-fired power plants.

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  • EU limits permission to pollute for dirty coal

    28.04.2017 | Press Releases

    Health, environment and climate groups have welcomed the decision today by EU Member States of new air pollution standards (LCP BREF) which will force the coal industry to reduce their toxic fumes and save more than 20,000 lives every year (1).

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  • Letter to Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on revised standards for large combustion plants

    21.04.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Commissioner Vella,

    On 28 April the Commission will seek the approval of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Article 75 Committee for a revised version of the so-called ‘LCP BREF’ industrial standards document. It is essential that no last-minute changes are made to weaken the final draft of this document, which was agreed by consensus at the IED Forum meeting in October 2016.

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  • Eurelectric needs to commit to a rapid and full transition away from existing coal

    06.04.2017 | Press Releases

    Eurelectric, the association of European electricity producers announced yesterday that it did not “intend to invest in new-build coal-fired power plants after 2020” and declared its support for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

    In reaction, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe stresses that this statement is merely a starting point that needs to lead to a comprehensive plan for a full phase out of existing coal plants.

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  • European petition demands government action to slash coal deaths

    04.04.2017 | Press Releases

    Effective air pollution limits could save more than 20,000 lives every year, yet some national governments are threatening to veto EU measures to tackle toxic pollution.

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  • Reformed carbon market must no longer fund coal

    03.04.2017 | Op-eds

    As the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform enters its crucial trialogue phase, it is up to the European Parliament to fight its corner and ensure that future funding only goes towards projects that contribute to the clean energy transition, writes Joanna Flisowska.

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  • Open letter to EU Environment Ministers on the revision of the EU ETS

    27.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Environment  Minister,

    Ahead of the Environment Council we, the undersigned, representing 32 networks and organizations from 30 countries, would like to urge you to ensure that the low-carbon 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 energy savings instead of subsidizing coal plants. 

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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