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EU ministers must clear the way for zero-carbon societies

25.06.2019 | Press Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY Today, EU ministers meeting at an Energy Council and a General Affairs Council will discuss respectively the priorities for the future energy infrastructure and for the future EU Cohesion Policy funding for climate action in the regions.According to the current state of play of negotiations, EU Member States, as...

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Climate crisis: Extreme heat waves hit Europe

24.06.2019 | Press Releases

Long-predicted impacts of climate change are wreaking havoc in Europe. An extreme heatwave is expected to affect millions of people in large parts of west-central Europe. In recent months, Eastern Europeans have been hit by heat waves and droughts; citizens in the UK, France, Germany and Italy suffered from floods...

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Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments block EU climate ambition

20.06.2019 | Press Releases

EU leaders meeting in Brussels today failed to agree to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 and to commit to revising the EU’s 2030 climate target, due to a veto from the Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments.

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Four new EU countries announce support for reaching net zero emissions by 2050

18.06.2019 | Press Releases

On 17 and 18 June, four new EU countries, namely Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland and Slovakia announced their support for the net zero emissions by 2050 goal, increasing the total number of EU countries in favour to 22. With three new CEE countries on board, the EU is much closer to...

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Featured Publications

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

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 

Learn more

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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 from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.
  • Letter to EU ministers on climate and environmental action in development funding

    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.
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