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A Just Transition Mechanism to bolster EU’s climate ambition

14.01.2020 | Press Releases

Today the European Commission has revealed the first act of the European Green Deal, the Just Transition Mechanism, a funding scheme set to address the investment needs of Europe’s regions in their move to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This should provide new impetus for drastic emissions cuts in the short term.

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COP25 : a profound disconnect between people and politicians on the climate emergency

15.12.2019 | Press Releases

After a year of unprecedented mobilisations calling for urgent climate action, world leaders at COP 25 failed to step up climate action in line with the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement. The lack of ambition at COP25 puts more pressure on the EU to come forward with a substantially...

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EU aims for net zero emissions by 2050, now it needs to work on raising the 2030 target

13.12.2019 | Press Releases

EU leaders meeting in Brussels yesterday agreed to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050, thereby opening the way to start a discussion on raising the EU’s 2030 climate target as soon as possible. Poland has been given time until June to fully endorse the commitment to implement the agreed...

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Climate Litigation: more and more citizens are taking big emitters to court over human rights allegation

12.12.2019 | Press Releases

COP 25 Press Conference can be followed here: https://unfccc-cop25.streamworld.de/webcast/can-europe-climate-litigation-taking-governments-a In 2019, climate litigation continued to expand across world jurisdictions. Increasing number of citizens and NGOs started to use legal frameworks to hold their governments and fossil fuel companies accountable for failing to address the climate crisis. Besides, courts have taken decisions to recognise...

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Recommendations to increase the climate ambition of the next EU budget

12.12.2019 | Reports & Briefs

To make the proposed European Green Deal a reality, the EU must agree on an EU budget that supports climate neutrality and uses 40% of its funds to support climate action.

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New report on draft NECPs progress: the clock is ticking!

28.11.2019 | Reports & Briefs

The report “The clock is ticking: Insights into progress made by Member States so far in improving their draft NECPs” sheds light on the progress Member States have made until now with improving their draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). This includes the extent to which they have implemented...

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Overview of EU funding sources to build climate neutral economies

30.10.2019 | Reports & Briefs

The transition to a climate-neutral economy means learning new skills, innovating and implementing new technologies, renewing our infrastructure and cutting dependence on fossil fuels.

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Campaigns

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

Energy Savings

Energy savings and renewable energy are the only viable solutions for decarbonising Europe’s energy system.

Reducing energy consumption is the most immediate way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time energy savings reduce import dependency and enhance energy security. Energy efficiency measures can also boost industrial competitiveness, create millions of jobs, reduce energy bills, help relieve energy poverty and improve air quality.

An overall EU energy efficiency target for 2020 and a series of EU energy efficiency policies and measures are already in place. They cover different sectors such as buildings, appliances, vehicles and the energy supply sector. In 2016, the European Commission presented its “Clean Energy Package for all Europeans.” It includes a legislative proposal to review the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), including its energy efficiency target for 2030, and adjusts key efficiency measures to the 2030 timeline.

Overall, the European Commission’s proposal falls far short of what is needed to strengthen the EED to deliver deeper emissions cuts, and help turn the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments into reality.  

Negotiations: the state of play

The European Commission’s review proposes a binding 30% energy efficiency target for 2030. Although this is a step in the right direction we need a target of at least 40% to match the Paris Agreement and to take full advantage of the benefits of energy savings. The Commission also proposed to extend the requirement for Member States to save 1.5% energy each year beyond 2020. However it included loopholes which mean Member States can get away with only 0.75% energy savings a year.

The Parliament and the Council are currently reviewing the Commission’s proposal through the ordinary legislative procedure. The Council has already adopted its position: their proposals would significantly weaken the annual energy savings obligation and profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Council also agreed to a 30% energy efficiency target for 2030 but refrained from specifying whether it should be indicative or binding.

The Environment Committee has recently adopted their formal opinion on the file and called for higher ambition for the future energy efficiency law.  The Committee voted for an EU binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, national binding targets and a stronger energy savings obligation.

After an initial damaging report from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee’s rapporteur the Parliament is still debating its position. Once the position of the European Parliament is finalised, the Directive will enter trilogue between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament.

CAN Europe calls for…

We work to ensure a robust energy efficiency policy framework underpinned by ambitious binding targets and policies that will help mobilise the investments needed for the transition to a fully renewable and efficient energy system.

Our key demands for the 2030 energy efficiency policy framework include:

  • The introduction of a binding 40% energy savings target for 2030, accompanied by binding national targets

  • The continuation of the energy savings obligation (Article 7 of the EED) beyond 2020 and the strengthening of this important tool by removing the loopholes which weaken ambition 

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CAN Europe position on the Energy Efficiency Directive Review

The European Commission put out its Energy Efficiency Directive review in November 2016, which requires a lot of improvements to get in line with the Paris Agreement Read more

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2030 Energy Savings Target

In July 2014,  the Commission put forward a proposal for an indicative 30% energy savings target for 2030. Read more

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2020 Energy Savings Target

The European Union has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 20% compared to the EU energy consumption projections in 2020. Read more

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EU's risky Energy Efficiency Debate

This article sets out economic and social benefits of the Energy Savings Obligation and robust energy efficiency targets in the context of EU Government negotiations. Read more

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Coalition of Energy Savings

CAN Europe is one of the driving forces behind the Coalition of Energy Savings, a business-NGO coalition that helped create the momentum for the more ambitious binding 30%energy savings included in the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package Read more

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Energy Efficiency and ETS

Increasing the energy efficiency target should be welcomed as an opportunity to revise the inadequate and further strengthen relevant tools, such as the Emissions Trading System. Read more

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