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Rapid shift in land sector essential to stopping climate crisis

07.08.2019 | Press Releases

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released today proves beyond doubt that stopping the climate crisis will not be possible without a radical change in our food production and consumption, and a much better protection of forests. To spur a rapid transformation in the land sector, the EU...

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Turkey’s most touristic region is endangered by coal mine expansions

25.07.2019 | Press Releases

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe’s new report on “The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla” shows how expanding coal mines and extending the life-span of coal-fired power plants threatens tourism and other sectors as well as the health of local communities and ecosystems. The report calls upon Turkish authorities to embark...

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Families affected by the climate crisis file appeal after the European General Court dismisses their case

11.07.2019 | Press Releases

Today, 10 families from Europe and outside, together with the Saami Youth Association from Sweden appealed to the European Court of Justice on the dismissal of the historic People’s Climate Case – the case challenging the EU’s 2030 climate target for its insufficiency to protect citizens and their fundamental rights...

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UN expert: Climate change threatens democracy and human rights

25.06.2019 | Press Releases

The report released today by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, states that climate change could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030 and undo the last 50 years of global fight against extreme poverty. The report underlines that the poorest...

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Briefing: the battle over the EU's climate ambition

11.06.2019 | Reports & Briefs

This briefing shows that since the beginning of 2018, 22 EU Member States in total have signed on numerous statements calling for increasing efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Only six Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have decided not to join any of the declarations in...

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Just Transition or Just Talk?

29.05.2019 | Reports & Briefs

New report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal. The draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 21 EU Member States which still use coal for electricity generation show that only eight are committed...

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CAN Europe 2018 Annual Report

19.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs

To be called the “great platform to engage in the climate debate” that “improves our impact at national level” and provides “support, information and inspiration” compliments our entire Network and will continue to drive our shared effort to live up to such high accolades at this time of growing climate...

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Campaigns

Climate Action Call

A broad and diverse coalition representing European cities, businesses, investors, scientists, faith groups and civil society organisations, including climate, human rights, litigation, citizens’ mobilization and sports groups urge European leaders to take decisive action to respond to the climate emergency and profoundly alter the way we run our societies and economies to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Please see our joint demands from the current and next generation of decision makers here:

http://climateactioncall.caneurope.org/

People's Climate Case

People’s Climate Case is the litigation action initiated by 10 families from Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Kenya, Fiji, and the Saami Youth Association Sáminuorra. Their homes, livelihoods, traditional family occupation and culture are affected by climate change and they are taking the EU institutions to court to protect their fundamental rights and to prevent dangerous climate change.

The plaintiffs are accompanied by a broad range of NGOs, scientists and citizens, including Climate Action Network, Europe’s largest NGO coalition working on climate and energy issues, with over 160 member organisations in more than 35 European countries.

For more information: https://peoplesclimatecase.caneurope.org/

Cost of Coal in Turkey

Behind the notion of "externalities", the often overlooked, real costs of coal power production are paid with human life, social, economic and cultural assets, ecosystem destruction and climate change. With its coal production facilities and three coal-fired power plants, the province of Muğla in Turkey has become an open-air laboratory that exposes the impacts and dangers of coal, and reveals its alternatives.

CAN Europe conducted a comprehensive study that indicates that we can put an end to the costs that are generally defined as “externalities” and disregarded in the coal-based energy production policies and investments, pointing out to available alternatives.

For more information: http://costsofcoal.caneurope.org/index.html

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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