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A carbon-neutral Europe should have fossil-free foundations

08.07.2020 | Press Releases

The European Commission aims to make hydrogen a crucial part of becoming climate-neutral, proposing a massive scale up in the short term, but needs to focus early enough on hydrogen produced with renewable electricity, the only hydrogen able to deliver the needed climate benefits in hard to decarbonise sectors. The...

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More EU fossil fuel subsidies: Pro-gas MEPs pervert the spirit of the Just Transition Fund

06.07.2020 | Press Releases

The Committee for regional development of the European Parliament has adopted its position on the Just Transition Fund. By allowing the fund to finance fossil gas, they set the Parliament up against the European Commission and the Council, while diverting away from earlier European Parliament's decisions to end fossil fuel...

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Disarm fossil fuel firms

06.07.2020 | Op-eds

Two recent examples of the Dutch and German coal exit show how fossil fuel firms are using an outdated international investment treaty, the Energy Charter Treaty, to attack climate policies. The treaty provides fossil fuel companies with a strong tool to impede the clean energy transition. It is time to...

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Offshore wind in the North Seas is key to reaching climate neutrality, but needs a better framework

06.07.2020 | Press Releases

Offshore wind plays a key role in the energy transition to limit temperature rise to 1.5° as stated in the Paris Agreement. The North Seas Countries, including Germany, and the European Commission met today to discuss how to improve planning and cooperation to ensure offshore wind is deployed in a...

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Featured Publications

The EU’s Recovery Plan: next steps to deliver on the European Green Deal

19.06.2020 | Reports & Briefs

This briefing provides an assessment of the European Commission proposal ‘The EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe’ and analyses a number of new and revised pieces of legislation for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27 and Next Generation EU 2021-24.

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Funding climate and energy transition in the EU: the untapped potential of regional funds

17.04.2020 | Reports & Briefs

The report "Funding climate and energy transition in the EU: the untapped potential of regional funds" shows that in the current EU budget cycle 2014-2020, only an average of 9,7% of Cohesion Policy (infrastructure relevant) funding has been invested in clean energy solutions. It also includes country assessments for Estonia, France...

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Sustainable Europe Investment Plan and a Just Transition Mechanism: Short on climate neutrality

19.03.2020 | Reports & Briefs

The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) is the financial arm of the European Green Deal, created for financing European economies’ transition to zero-carbon emissions and expected to mobilise at least €1 trillion over the next decade. A key element of the plan is the creation of a Just Transition Mechanism...

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Campaigns & Projects

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

Unify: Bringing the EU together on Climate Action

“Unify: Bringing the EU together on climate action” aims to facilitate the effective and early transition of Member States across Europe to low carbon and resilient economies by unifying three key policy opportunities: programming of EU funds, National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and national and the EU’s Long Term Strategies.

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

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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Latest Publications

  • Letter to European Commission on industrial transformation

    CAN Europe calls upon the Commission to build policy frameworks that guarantee economy-wide transformations that meet several environmental objectives.
  • Delays to Balkan energy transition cost more

    ▶️ One Balkan country clocks its first coal-free days,▶️ Another is rushing in the opposite direction, reviving shelved projects for a new coal plant.▶️ 2-speed energy transition in the Western Balkans,▶️ but delaying just transition beyond coal costs more.  Read the latest news and stories from the region's journey beyond coal. Delays to Balkan energy transition cost more Europe Beyond Coal unites civil society groups across our continent in working towards a swift and just transition away from coal-fired electricity and towards sustainable, renewable energy… Go to this presentation here   Read the previous issue: Make-or-Break Time for Balkan Green Agenda 
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