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Defenders, Delayers or Dinosaurs: where do EU political groups stand on climate change?

17.04.2019 | Press Releases

Centre and conservative parties of the current European Parliament have failed to treat climate change with the urgency it demands, according to a new ranking published today by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. At the same time, national champions in these groups demonstrate that centre and conservative parties can play...

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New report makes case for aligning Europe’s national energy and climate plans with the Paris Agreement

15.04.2019 | Press Releases

“Time to pick up the pace!” This is the main message of a report released today by CAN Europe which collects the views of national stakeholders on the draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 24 EU countries. Overall the draft Plans as they stand do not live up...

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EU and China point to the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit as an important milestone

09.04.2019 | Press Releases

In the EU-China Summit outcome statement, both countries reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and recognised the UN Secretary General’s Summit on September 2019 as an important milestone for ramping up climate action. 

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State of the Energy Union: Strong NECPs needed to boost the energy transition

09.04.2019 | Press Releases

The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the clean energy transition is underway, but that further efforts will be needed to ensure its full and swift implementation, including through the preparation of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) due by...

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Report: "Time to pick up the pace: Insights into the draft National Energy and Climate Plans”

15.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs

A new report by CAN Europe titled “Time to pick up the pace: Insights into the draft National Energy and Climate Plans” highlights key features of 24 draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), the development of which is required by the Governance Regulation adopted last year and designed to...

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Report: EU action on Western Balkans’ chronic coal pollution is a unique opportunity to improve health and productivity

19.02.2019 | Reports & Briefs

Sixteen outdated coal power plants in the Western Balkans are a public health and economic liability for the whole of Europe, with people in the EU bearing the majority of the health impacts and costs, according to the new report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Sandbag, Climate Action Network (CAN)...

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Infographic: Costs of inaction on climate change in Europe

07.09.2018 | Presentations & Infographics

This infographic shows that climate-related extreme weather events already cost Europe dearly. It also shows that the future costs of climate change depend very much on how fast we cut carbon emissions and will be significantly reduced if we keep temperature rise to 1.5C.

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2030 Climate & Energy Targets

As part of the dynamic leading up to the Paris Climate Summit, almost all European countries have developed greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030. An overview of these targets can be found here. Some of these target are highly problematic, such as the Turkey's woefully inefficient INDC. All targets including the EU's are insufficient to achieve the objective agree in Paris to aim to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.

The EU 2030 Targets

In October 2014, the European Council agreed on the 2030 climate and energy framework for the EU:

  • a binding EU target of at least 40% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 (This target is divided in a 43% reduction target for the sectors covered by the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS)and a 30% reduction target for the non-ETS sectors  (Effort Sharing Decision/Regulation).
  • a target, binding at EU level, of at least 27% Renewable Energy  consumption in 2030
  • an indicative target at EU level of at least 27% improvement in energy efficiency in 2030

The EU 2030 targets lack ambition

CAN Europe has been calling for much stronger targets: at least 55% greenhouse gas reduction, a 45% target for renewable energy, binding at the national level and a binding 40% energy savings target.

CAN Europe, together with trade unions, businesses, cities and other stakeholders is calling upon the EU to increase its 2030 targets, in light of the outcome of Paris. See pdf here (773 KB) for a joint statement made by NGOs, businesses and trade unions.

The EU 2030 targets lack clarity

Not only does the EU need to increase its targets, it will also need to guarantee that the legislation that is being developed to implement the targets guarantees the highest level of environmental integrity. 

The EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target is a so-called single-year target. The EU has not yet defined the emission reductions it wants to achieve in the period 2021 to 2030. Because CO2 and other greenhouse gases stay in the atmosphere for centuries, they build up over time. This is why it is the total cumulative emissions that matter to the atmosphere and that ultimately determine the level of change in our climate.

Depending on policy decisions, the EU’s carbon budget for the period 2021-2030 can vary by a staggering 6 billion tonnes.

In a report titled pdf Gigatonne gap in the EU pledge for Paris Climate Summit (297 KB) CAN Europe translated the EU’s 2030 target of at least 40% emission reductions, into the exact amount of greenhouse gases the EU could emit between 2021 and 2030. The analysis reveals that depending on political choices, the EU’s “carbon budget” for the period from 2021 till 2030 will vary from 37 to 43 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases. This lack of clarity relates to:

 

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