CAN Europe Publications on:

Energy Union & Governance

  • European Parliament asks for a faster and deeper renovation of buildings

    17.09.2020 | Press Releases

    The members of the European Parliament (EP) have voted for maximising the energy efficiency potential of the EU building stock[1], calling on the European Commission to develop consistent measures to stimulate a faster and deeper renovation of buildings.

    Buildings consume 40 percent of all energy in the EU and emit 36 percent of the region’s CO₂, being the largest single energy consumer[2] and having significant potential in reducing energy

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  • Hogan's resignation opens the door for a climate-aware trade commissioner

    27.08.2020 | Press Releases

    Von der Leyen should look for a commissioner that brings trade policy in line with climate ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, after her trade chief, Phil Hogan, resigned yesterday evening.

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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    Two recent examples of the Dutch and German coal exit show how fossil fuel firms are using an outdated international investment treaty, the Energy Charter Treaty, to attack climate policies.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 disarm them, writes Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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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 timely and consistent manner.

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  • There’s no role for fossil fuels in an energy scenario truly aligned with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C target

    03.07.2020 | Press Releases

    The European grid operators ENTSO-E and ENTSOG have updated their scenarios for the Ten Year Network Development Plan 2020. CAN Europe welcomes that the grid operators improved transparency of their scenario building, however, while we are in a climate emergency and the European Commission plans to increase the EU climate targets, these scenarios are still trapped in an old energy world.

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  • Civil society-led energy scenario sets path to climate neutral Europe by 2040

    30.06.2020 | Press Releases

    European civil society organisations map out the first-ever NGO-led energy scenario based on 100% renewable energy and looking at reducing carbon emissions by at least 65% by 2030. The analysis corroborates existing evidence, showing that Europe can achieve climate neutrality by 2040 - a decade before the 2050 target - and lead the rest of the world in the energy

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  • IEA Energy Policy Review: EU energy policy needs teeth to limit temperature increase to 1.5°

    25.06.2020 | Press Releases

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the European Union should align its short-term recovery objectives with the long-term climate goal by investing in energy efficiency and clean energy infrastructure to see greenhouse gas emissions further decline. These are some of the key recommendations put forward in IEA’s quinquennial report “

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  • EU leaders’ Summit: No recovery without increased climate ambition

    16.06.2020 | Press Releases

    For the first time, EU leaders will discuss the European Commission’s proposals for a revised long-term EU budget, including significant recovery funding to address the economic shortfall caused by COVID-19, at an online European Summit this Friday. By focusing EU recovery spending on the green transition towards climate neutrality, heads of state and government can set the course for future sustainable and resilient economies.

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  • Energy Ministers’ recovery plans must be climate-proof

    15.06.2020 | Press Releases

    The Energy Ministers exchanged views on the needed economic transformation towards climate neutrality which is a major opportunity to reduce the use of fossil fuels and promote European leadership in developing and deploying sustainable technologies. The ministers acknowledged during today’s last ministerial meeting under the Croatian Presidency that the energy transition might slow down without adequate support. Further bilateral meetings will take place in the coming days to reach

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  • European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

    06.05.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    This joint statement on the COVID-19 crisis accompanies a set of recommendations from NGOs in February 2020 on Making the European Green Deal work for International Partnerships.

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  • Europe needs fossil-free energy infrastructure

    29.04.2020 | Press Releases

    Europe’s energy infrastructure planning must move away from supporting fossil fuels and lay down rules for fully integrating energy efficiency and 100% renewables supply. It has to look at the entire range of energy solutions, on independent and evidence-based assumptions to be aligned with the EU’s climate and energy objectives, and relevant nature legislation, say environmental and climate NGOs in a

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  • Letter to Vice-President Timmermans on Trans-European Energy Infrastructure Planning

    29.04.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Energy infrastructure is a key component in Europe’s fight against climate change. Investments must exclude any continued or new support for infrastructure based on fossil fuels or incompatible with nature protection.

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  • The phasing out of fossil gas should have started today

    12.02.2020 | Press Releases

    In stark contrast with EU’s climate commitments, the European Parliament greenlighted the fourth list of Projects of Common Interest, which includes 55 fossil gas infrastructure projects. Pipelines in Southeast and Eastern Europe and LNG terminals in Ireland and Croatia will have priority access to environmental impact assessments, permitting procedures and financing.

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  • Letter to the European Commission: TYNDP scenarios need to become Paris-Agreement and EU Green Deal truly compatible

    10.02.2020 | Letters to Policy Makers

    While Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcome the progress of the ENTSOs in view of stakeholder engagement and their willingness to include a carbon budget into their modelling, we are very concerned about the current set of scenarios.

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  • CAN Europe position paper on the Energy Charter Treaty

    09.12.2019 | CAN Europe Positions

    The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is an investment treaty from the 1990s. It contains an arbitration mechanism known as Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) that allows a private investor to sue a state for any behaviour that harms their economic interest, including legislating in the public interest. Arbitration panels can award millions, sometimes billions of Euro in compensation. The ECT is the most frequently invoked International Investment Agreement with 128 publically known cases.

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  • EU energy ministers must phase out fossil gas and improve their 2030 plans

    04.12.2019 | Press Releases

    Today, EU energy ministers have discussed sector integration as well as the state of play of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). Continued reliance on fossil gas and the fact that the plans are still falling short of climate ambition flies in the face of the European Parliament acting “Climate Emergency” last week.

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  • New report calls on EU countries to ramp up their 2030 energy and climate plans

    27.11.2019 | Press Releases

    By the end of the year, EU countries will have to submit their final National Energy and Climate Plans to present how they will contribute to the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets. A new report released today indicates how much progress has been made since the European Commission published its recommendations on each Member State’s draft NECP. Despite some improvements, Member States need to do more in the next month to ensure that they at least meet the EU’s 2030 objectives, let

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

    27.11.2019 | 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 the European Commission’s recommendations issued in June this year, and whether they plan to go beyond those.

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  • Faster energy transition needed, new report says

    31.10.2019 | Press Releases

    Latest climate and energy preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency show that greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in the EU from 2017 to 2018, but that progress in renewable energy share and energy efficiency is clearly too slow.

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  • Member States must urgently increase ambition on renewables

    24.10.2019 | Press Releases

    Today EU employment and social policy ministers adopted underwhelming conclusions of ECA’s latest report on the state of play in renewables progress, without committing to concrete actions to revive the boom of renewable energy.

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Contact

veerle

Veerle Dossche
EU Energy Policy Coordinator
veerle /at/ caneurope.org
+32 2894 4672

DORA

Theodora Petroula
Energy Savings Policy Coordinator
dora/at/caneurope.org
+32 2894 4671

Latest Publications Energy Union & Governance

  • European Parliament asks for a faster and deeper renovation of buildings

    The members of the European Parliament (EP) have voted for maximising the energy efficiency potential of the EU building stock[1], calling on the European Commission to develop consistent measures to stimulate a faster and deeper renovation of buildings. Buildings consume 40 percent of all energy in the EU and emit 36 percent of the region’s CO₂, being the largest single energy consumer[2] and having significant potential in reducing energy demand[3].
  • Hogan's resignation opens the door for a climate-aware trade commissioner

    Von der Leyen should look for a commissioner that brings trade policy in line with climate ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, after her trade chief, Phil Hogan, resigned yesterday evening.
  • Disarm fossil fuel firms

    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 disarm them, writes Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.
  • Offshore wind in the North Seas is key to reaching climate neutrality, but needs a better framework

    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 timely and consistent manner.
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