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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Two recent examples of the Dutch and German coal exit show how fossil fuel firms are using an outdated international investment treaty, the Energy Charter Treaty, to attack climate policies.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/

 

The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) sets emissions reduction targets for each EU Member State for the sectors not covered by the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. These non-ETS sectors are responsible for nearly 60% of the EU’s emissions and include ground transportation, agriculture, waste and buildings. Neither the ESD nor the ETS cover emissions from Land-based emissions (LULUCF) and from international transport.

 

2020 non-ETS Targets

ESD emission reduction targets for 2020 are set for each Member State based on its wealth, measured by its GDP per capita. The wealthiest Member States need to reduce their emissions by 20% below 2005 levels and the poorest are allowed to increase emissions by 20% by 2020. This adds up to an overall ESD target of minus 10% below 2005 emissions by 2020.

This is unambitious and the EU is expected to overshoot its 2020 target by about 1.5 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, the EU will reduce its emissions in these sectors to about minus 25% below 2005 levels.

 

New 2030 non-ETS Targets

In October 2014, the European Council agreed on a EU 2030 target of minus 30% below 2005 emissions for the ESD sectors. Member States will have targets between 0% (the poorest ones) to minus 40% (the richest ones) compared to 2005. 

Learn more about the latest developments in the Parliament and the Council.

 

CAN Europe calls for more ambition and no loopholes

This target and the proposed Regulation for the non-ETS sectors, called the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) will not do enough to protect the climate. The proposed Regulation is an unambitious interpretation of the Council’s at least 40% 2030 reduction target, which in itself is too weak to be in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to keep temperature rise well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. The proposal is weak because:

  • The overall target is too weak. It neither matches what is needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, nor enables to reach the mitigation potential that is available.
  • The emissions level set for the starting point in 2021 is too high.
  • Three loopholes further water down the targets by 421 million tonnes.

On the whole, the EU is expected to overshoot its 30% non-ETS target if it simply meets its unambitious targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy. To make the ESR effective, the following changes need to be introduced:

  • A higher 2030 target: it should be raised from -30% to at least -47% for the non-ETS sectors and a ratchet-up mechanism to increase targets every five years, starting from 2018 should be created.
  • A lower 2021 starting point: Member States should each have a starting point that is most stringent given their projected emissions and their 2020 target.
  • Loopholes should to be eliminated.

pdf CAN Europe position on Effort Sharing Regulation 5 Oct 2016 (507 KB)

  • Our infographic shows the importance of setting a starting point which reflects real emissions levels
  • Calculate the size of the ESR and ETS emissions budgets under different scenarios with WWF's 2030 Carbon Calculator: www.2030carboncalculator.eu
  • Calculate the size of the ESR budgets for your Member State with Carbon Market Watch's and T&E's Effort Sharing Emissions Calculator: http://effortsharing.org/

 

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CAN Europe Position on the Effort Sharing Regulation (2021-30)

In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to align the EU’s targets with the Paris Agreement, ambition in the ESR sectors must be raised considerably. CAN Europe calls for a reduction target of at least 47% in non-ETS sectors by 2030. Read More

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The lower the starting point in 2021 the more emissions reductions will be achieved in the ESR until 2030. 

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Briefing: A trick list of how countries can avoid climate action in their non-ETS sectors

This briefing discusses the loopholes that some countries are pushing for in order to reduce the efforts they would have to make to cut emissions in the non-ETS sectors. 
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CAN Europe evaluation of the Commission's proposal on non-ETS emissions for 2021-2030

The Commission's proposal on non-ETS emissions for 2021-2030 is weak because 1) the overall target is too weak. 2) the emissions level set for the starting point in 2021 is too high. 3) three loopholes further water down the targets by 421 million tonnes.
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Useful ESD Resources

Here you find a range of useful external ESD resources. 
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Land-based Emissions (LULUCF)

The LULUCF sector should be covered by a separate reduction target with comprehensive accounting of all GHG emissions and removals from land use and forestry activities. Reductions should not be counted towards the Effort Sharing Decision target. 
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    CAN Europe calls upon the Commission to build policy frameworks that guarantee economy-wide transformations that meet several environmental objectives.
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