Become a Member

Today, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe has over 130 member organisations in more than 30 European countries - representing over 44 million citizens. CAN Europe works to prevent dangerous climate change and promotes sustainable climate and energy policy in Europe. CAN Europe is part of a worldwide network of more than 700 NGOs: CAN International. The wider and better informed group we are, the stronger our voice!

Who can join?

CAN Europe Membership is open to non-governmental/community based non-profit organisations, situated in Europe, which have an interest in the promotion of sustainable development and are active in, or have a focus on, climate change issues. CAN members have administrative independence and pursue their own mandates, organisational aims and objectives.

How to apply

For more info download the pdf Application Package (3.67 MB) and the  document Application Form (38 KB). The deadlines for applications for the two application periods in 2017 are 15th February and 15th September. An application for membership assumes that the applicant agrees to adhere to pdf CAN Europe Statutes (30 KB) and also the pdf CAN Charter (pdf) (73 KB) (published by CAN International) for network rules and guiding principles for network governance.

Have any questions? Contact our Network Outreach Officer, Mathias Claeys Bouuaert mathias/at/


Nine good reasons to join CAN Europe


  1. You’re joining the leading European and worldwide NGO network on climate change.
  2. You can link your national work with the European policy agenda, ensuring European policies push your national work forward and do not go against it.
  3. You can participate in our workshops. CAN Europe holds regular workshops and webinars on different climate and energy related topics.
  4. You can participate in our General Assemblies. Each one is 2 days of intensive exchange and input on the different EU policy topics and strategizing. It’s held twice a year, in Spring and Autumn.
  5. You have access to the CAN Europe (and CAN International) daily meetings during the UNFCCC sessions, the worldwide negotiation process on climate change.
  6. You have access to CAN Europe email lists. They provide a rich source of information on a range of topics and policies, such as EU climate policy, renewable energy, energy savings, fossil fuel subsidies and the UNFCCC.
  7. Your work is supported by the CAN Europe secretariat, both in terms of content and communication. This includes policy briefings, communication packages and letters to ministers and Members of the European Parliament.
  8. You can connect with other people working on the same issues and exchange ideas and best practices with them.
  9. You can participate in joint lobby efforts.

What members say about CAN Europe


In recent years SEO/BirdLife has become more involved in climate change and energy policy within Spain and at EU and global level. CAN Europe membership has brought us various important benefits: we understand better the EU and global policy agendas; we have genuine opportunities to bring a Spanish perspective to CAN debates; and we use and adapt CAN positions to influence policy and action within Spain. Thanks also to CAN, we are now building greater SEO/BirdLife capacity on these issues, which benefits the debate in Spain, the wider CAN network, and the climate.

David Howell, Head of Environment Policy, SEO/BirdLife

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Germanwatch is an independent development and environment expert organisation. As the EU’s policies are essential for reaching the global climate targets and better living conditions for people worldwide Germanwatch engages in EU policy making both in Berlin and Brussels. Being an active member of CAN Europe is a huge advantage for us in this endeavour. And let’s not forget the joint publication of our Climate Change Performance Index. Thanks to CAN Europe the index outcomes reach a wide European audience.

Oldag Caspar, Team Leader German and EU Low-Carbon Policy, Germanwatch


Focus Association for Sustainable Development is a Slovenian environmental non governmental organisation active in the fields of climate change, energy, mobility, global responsibility, consumption and degrowth. As Slovenian climate and energy policies are to a large degree being shaped at the EU level, CAN Europe membership makes it possible for us to get involved in this process. Provided with timely information on processes and content of EU level debates, as well as with expert analysis and argumentation that CAN Europe offers to its members we can get involved in advocacy work related to EU policies at national and EU level. Membership in CAN Europe also provides useful exchange of ideas and experience among members, which is helpful for our activities and campaigns.

Živa Kavka Gobbo, Chair, Focus Association for Sustainable Development



Mathias Claeys Bouuaert
Network Outreach Officer
mathias /at/
+32 2894 4676   

Latest Publications

  • Briefing: EFSI support to fossil fuel projects

      In September 2016 the European Commission published its proposal for the prolongation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) until 2020, to be achieved by amending the existing regulation. In this briefing by CAN Europe, WWF, CEE Bankwatch and CounterBalance, current support to fossil fuel projects by the EFSI are summarized and recommendations to the legislative review of the EFSI are given. 
  • Letter to Commission on reducing emissions in aviation and maritime sectors

    In this letter CAN Europe, Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk, Carbon Market Watch and the Aviation Environment Federation urge the European Commission to ensure the aviation and maritime sectors reduce emissions in line with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • Letter to the World Bank regarding loan to the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    This letter, signed by 39 organisations, was sent to the World Bank in relation to the board discussion on a loan to the Turkish company Botas for the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP). In the letter, several social, environemntal and human rights issues with the TANAP are raised, and the organisations urge the board to at the very least postpone this discussion until the martial law inTurkey is cancelled; the NGO legislation in Azerbaijan is modified as requested by the EITI; and democratic participation in both countries is restored. Clearly, given the violations of World Bank Safeguard requirements during project appraisal, this project should not qualify for a Board vote.
  • Briefing: Reviewing the European Investment Bank’s carbon footprint methodology

    The European Investment Bank developed its methodology for calculating greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, and is now considering its further review. In this briefing CAN Europe together with CEE Bankwatch, WWF, Friends of the Earth Europe and Counterbalance review the existing carbon footprint methodology and provide recommendations for its further review. 
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