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European Commission’s Recovery Package: time to turn Green Deal ambition into a fossil fuel-free and green recovery

25.05.2020 | Press Releases

MEDIA ADVISORYThis week the Commission is expected to reveal an ‘EU recovery package’ worth hundreds of billion euros, including a revamped EU budget proposal and additional funds to relaunch the economy. This a unique opportunity to invest in more resilient and sustainable economies in line with the European Green Deal...

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Strong EU biodiversity and sustainable farming policies are key tools in the fight against climate change

20.05.2020 | Press Releases

The European Commission has published its biodiversity and “Farm to fork” strategies, two important pillars of its European Green Deal. Together with enhanced climate action, biodiversity restoration and the promotion of sustainable farming practices are key to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement and building more resilient and sustainable...

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As financing dries up for planned 1GW Ostroleka C coal plant, Polish utilities should cancel the project in favour of renewables, not gas

20.05.2020 | Press Releases

Poland's largest oil refiner, PKN Orlen, declared its preliminary readiness for direct financial involvement in the construction of the 1GW Ostroleka-C coal power project only if it is converted into a gas unit(1). The announcement by PKN Orlen, which only last month acquired EnergaSa - one of the companies behind...

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No industry support without a commitment to cleaner production

18.05.2020 | Op-eds

While there is strong claimed support for a ‘green’ recovery from the European Commission, the European Parliament and key member states like Germany, the devil is in the detail, write Doreen Fedrigo and Camille Maury.

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Featured Publications

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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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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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/

 

 

Southeast European countries still rely heavily on coal. Most plants are old and extremely polluting: the region is home to seven of the ten most polluting coal-fired power stations in Europe. Public health costs from air pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans add up to 8.5 EUR billion per year. Because such air pollution is transboundary, most of these damages are actually borne by EU citizens.

WesternBalkans smallDespite this, countries of Southeastern Europe plan to add about 6 GW of new coal power capacity by 2030, largely financed by Chinese investors. At the same time, most of these countries strive to join the EU between 2020 and 2030. This poses a great opportunity and responsibility for the EU to help steer the energy transition to 100% sustainable renewable energy in this region. The European Commission, European banks as well as Member States provide significant development funding to the region. The messages they send and the way this money is spent test the EU’s climate and energy leadership in its closest neighbourhood.

The Energy Union framework provides a number of opportunities for the EU to enable a just transition to 100% sustainable renewable energy in the region. This shift can be sped up by advancing the enlargement process and the ongo­ing reform of the Energy Community Treaty on energy-related cooperation with the region, as well as by improving countries’ nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement.

The region offers a huge untapped potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency development. In fact, the energy efficiency potential is the largest in Europe. Efforts have to be made to ensure implementation, since significant financing is available but often not fully used.

All these opportunities must not be missed if the EU and these South Eastern countries want to ensure the well-being and prosperity of European citizens.Together with partners, CAN Europe works to support anti-coal campaigners accross Southeast Europe. We advocate for a just transition to 100% sustainable energy by 2050, and ambitious climate action in the region.

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Useful South East Europe Resources

Here you find a range of useful external South East Europe climate and energy resources. Read more

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The Energy Community

The Energy Community is an intergovernmental organization dealing with energy policy in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region. Read More 

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All countries of Southeast Europe are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and have signed up to the Paris Agreement. Becuase they all seek to join the EU well before 2030, their climate pledges should be in line with the EU’s target - currently set to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Read More 

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CAN Europe supports regional NGOs working on promoting the solutions for South East Europe’s energy future: energy efficiency and 100% sustainable renewables. We are part of South East Europe Sustainable Energy Partnership (SEE SEP), a group of 18 NGOs who developed an energy model for 7 countries of Southeast Euope and the region as a whole. Read More

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In 2003, at the Thessaloniki Summit, the European leaders com­mitted to help the integration of the remain­ing Southeast European states into the EU. The promised EU membership is highly conditional – it is only granted if countries meet all economic and political crite­ria, and align their policies with the EU, including the ones on energy, climate and environment. Read More

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CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system. Read More

 
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