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  • 11.12.2017 | Press Releases
    Today an EU Platform for Coal Regions in Transition is being launched by European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič. The Platform aims to support Member States and regions as they shift away from coal towards renewable energy, in order to “leave no region behind”.

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  • 08.12.2017 | Press Releases
    The One Planet Summit, organized by French President Emmanuel Macron and taking place in Paris, France on 12 December will gather over 50 heads of state to celebrate the second year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and trigger new ambitious climate action [1].

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  • 07.12.2017 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees adopted their position on the future Governance Regulation, which will create a framework for the zero-carbon transition in the EU. MEPs voted in favour of increasing the EU’s long term target to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 the latest [1] and supported robust rules for how to reach the 2030 climate and energy targets.

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  • 06.12.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    ‘More for more’: How the EU budget can serve the achievement of 2030 climate and energy targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 06.12.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe together with Birdlife Europe, E3G, the European Environmental Bureau, Fern and WWF EPO prepared joint recommendations for the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees votes on the future Governance Regulation on 7 December.

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  • 04.12.2017 | Press Releases
    The Estonian EU Presidency has opened the door to allowing massive coal subsidies in the new EU power market rules, proposing changes eliminating the carbon intensity threshold for existing coal plants at the 11th hour of negotiations.(1) The changes could allow the use of public money for plants to stay open longer, and even extend their lifetimes.

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  • 04.12.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The forthcoming EU budget post-2020 must serve higher climate ambition and be a purposeful tool to help deliver the EU’s objectives as an international partner to third countries, in particular developing countries.

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  • 28.11.2017 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s Industry Committee voted on its positions on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

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  • 27.11.2017 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament and Energy Ministers are currently finalising their respective positions on the Clean Energy Package - eight legislative proposals that will guide energy policy all across Europe for the next decade. They must step up and strengthen the proposals if Europe is serious about tackling climate change and making European policies work for people.

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  • 23.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on 24 November 2017 Dear Deputy Ambassador, This Friday, 24 November, you will be discussing the proposed Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. With that in mind we are writing on behalf of our EU-wide network to highlight those aspects of the draft legislation that we consider critical to effective implementation by the EU of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 22.11.2017 | Press Releases
    Main civil society networks working on climate change in Europe and Africa have urged the leaders of the two continents to use the upcoming high-profile EU-Africa summit taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 29-30 November as an opportunity to strengthen their cooperation on tackling climate change.

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  • 21.11.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    Ahead of the EU-Africa summit taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on November 28-29, European and African NGOs working on climate change, energy and sustainable development jointly identify some important areas of cooperation to enhance European and African climate action.

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  • 17.11.2017 | Op-eds
    Yesterday at the Bonn climate summit, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica underlined the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the support needed to rebuild a fully climate-resilient nation. Maeve McLynn describes how rich nations can help.

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  • 17.11.2017 | Press Releases
    EU gets homework to scale up action at home The COP23 UN climate summit slowly comes to an end in Bonn, Germany today, with countries expected to adopt a roadmap for the Talanoa Dialogue - a process which should ultimately result in scaling up countries’ 2030 climate pledges following the next UN Climate Summit in 2018.

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  • 16.11.2017 | Press Releases
    At the UN Climate Summit in Bonn today the Dutch Climate Minister Erik Wiebes urged the EU to up its 2030 climate target from the current ‘at least’ 40% to 55%, bringing it closer to what is required to keep the Paris Agreement goals within reach and adding momentum to the UN climate talks expected to conclude tomorrow.

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  • 15.11.2017 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter No.12 November 2017: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 14.11.2017 | Press Releases
    Global energy transition taking up speed - but no country is doing enough Countries have to strengthen targets and implementation Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway leading the table - USA in free fall

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  • 14.11.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The European Union is set to continue a funding tool that in last two years has lent billions of euros for fossil fuels projects, finds a new study from CEE Bankwatch Network, CAN Europe, Counter Balance and WWF European Policy Office.

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  • 14.11.2017 | Press Releases
    Brussels, Bonn --- While in Bonn at the UN climate talks the EU touts the Paris Agreement, back in Brussels the European Union is set to continue a funding tool that in last two years has lent billions of euros for fossil fuels projects, finds a new study from CEE Bankwatch Network, CAN Europe, Counter Balance and WWF European Policy Office.

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  • 08.11.2017 | Press Releases
    Today the EU institutions reached an agreement on the redesign of one of the bloc’s key climate policies, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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  • 08.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Being serious about the Paris Agreement:Stop the ETS funding coal, Start a meaningful carbon price This Agreement [...] aims to [...] making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. Paris Agreement, Article 2(1)c We, the undersigned, urgently appeal to Representatives of European Parliament, Council and the European Commission to ensure that European power and industry are put on the right track to rapidly and cost-effectively reduce their carbon emissions. The European Union was instrumental in designing the Paris Agreement. Now it must implement it. On 8th November, the aforementioned decision-makers will discuss final changes to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the post-2020 period. It is vital that these changes enable the ETS to help deliver the Paris commitments. The recently published UNEP report underlines the urgency to act now in order to ensure that the 1.5°C target remains attainable [1]. One...

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  • 07.11.2017 | Press Releases
    On the second day of this year’s UN climate summit in Bonn, Poland won the second place of the shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to Poland, the host of the next UN climate summit in 2018, for working day and night to turn the EU’s carbon market into potentially the largest coal subsidy scheme in history.

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  • 06.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    An open letter to Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and Miguel Arias-Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy – organisers of the High-level Conference on financing the energy transition for jobs, growth, and investment 1

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  • 02.11.2017 | Press Releases
    Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

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  • 25.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on the 27th of October 2017 Dear Ambassador, During the meeting of COREPER on 27 October you will have the opportunity to provide political guidance on several elements of the Governance regulation, mainly on defining a framework to ensure the delivery of the renewable energy target (Articles 4, 5, 25, 27). The Governance regulation is a key building block of a successful Energy Union, and the nest for many requirements set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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  • 24.10.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is being reviewing its Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) in 2017. Its EPS is part of the EIB Energy Lending Criteria1 adopted in July 2013, and set at a level of 550 g CO2/kWh.

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  • 24.10.2017 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament reacts to the European Commission’s “Reflection paper on the Future of EU finances”. Tomorrow, delegates will adopt their position on the 2018 EU budget (1).While the latter calls for the EU budget to become compliant with the Paris Agreement, the first omits any acknowledgement of the future EU budget’s role in tackling climate change.

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  • 23.10.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    Following the publication of the report ‘Phase-out 2020: Monitoring Europe’s fossil fuel subsidy phase out’, this briefing provides a set of recommendations to the EU on how it can better align its public financing – including some of its key policies, instruments and institutions – with the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 20.10.2017 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on its opinion on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

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  • 20.10.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 16.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    To the attn. of Mr. Dominique Ristori - Director General, DG Energy October 16th, 2017 Re: Preparation of the 3rd Union list of energy Projects of Common Interest

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  • 13.10.2017 | Press Releases
    Today EU Environment Ministers have reached an agreement on the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which is meant to be one of the EU’s key tools to implement the Paris Agreement. Diluted to the point of being almost meaningless, the new law as agreed by the ministers would fail to provide a serious constraint for carbon pollution from transport, agriculture, waste and buildings. Thus, it would have an extremely limited impact on the climate.

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  • 10.10.2017 | Press Releases
    EU finance ministers met in Luxembourg today to discuss and adopt the EU’s position on climate finance, ahead of the next international climate summit COP23 in Bonn. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the commitment to align financial flows with climate-resilient development, though much more efforts are needed to deliver sufficient and accountable support for international climate action.

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  • 09.10.2017 | Press Releases
    On 13th October, EU Environment Ministers are expected to agree on their position on one of the EU’s cornerstone measures for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). The negotiations of this policy show that EU Member States play a two-faced game on climate: they claim commitment to the Paris Agreement, but at the same time try their utmost to avoid real climate action at home.

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  • 05.10.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is currently discussing the next phase of its funding and programming. The discussions come at a pivotal time, when the implementation of landmark agreements begins to take shape. In an ever-changing global economy, it is important that the Fund continues to address the needs of people who face the worst impacts of environmental and climate crises.  CSOs led by CAN Europe and Transparency International have provided input towards the future programming of the GEF.

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  • 04.10.2017 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution ahead of this year’s UN Climate Summit COP23. It calls on the EU to review and increase its 2030 climate target, following the next UN Climate Summit in 2018, when world leaders will gather to assess progress in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 04.10.2017 | Press Releases
    Invitation to a media briefing ahead of the Environment Council on 13 October

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  • 02.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Minister, Adopting the Paris Agreement in 2015 marked a critical turning point toward a zero-carbon future, uniting the world in a global effort to tackle climate change. During the next Environment Council meeting on 13 October you will have the opportunity to decide on the Council’s position on two of the three pillars of the EU’s climate policy; the Regulations on Effort Sharing (ESR) and Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).

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  • 29.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    In July 2016, the European Commission published its legislative proposal for emission reductions in the sectors transport, agriculture, buildings, small industry and waste for 2021-2030, the so called Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR).

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  • 29.09.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    The forthcoming EU budget post-2020 must serve higher climate ambition both in Europe and worldwide, catalyzing the zero-carbon transition of our societies, including the phasing out of fossil fuels towards 100% renewables and fully energy efficient economies.

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  • 29.09.2017 | Op-eds
    EU member states risk undermining the diminishing confidence Europeans have in the Union by playing a two-faced game on climate change, warns Wendel Trio.

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  • 28.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    This new report, carried out by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Green Budget Germany (GBG) monitors the different types of subsidies spent by 11 European governments and the EU from 2014 to 2016 in oil, gas and coal projects in Europe. This report aims to raise awareness among European, national decision-makers and the general audience about the huge amounts of subsidies still going to fossil fuel activities in Europe, despite the multiple pledges to comply with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 28.09.2017 | Press Releases
    Yesterday EU Member States’ ambassadors discussed a draft position on the future of one of the EU’s cornerstone measures for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which sets national targets to reduce emissions from transport, waste, agriculture, buildings and small industry. The text, which received large support from the ambassadors, forms a basis for the position of EU Environment Ministers, expected to be agreed upon during their meeting in Brussels on 13th October.

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  • 27.09.2017 | Press Releases
    European governments and the EU are handing out more than €112 billion each year to prop up the production and consumption of fossil fuels, despite a pledge to phase out harmful subsidies by 2020.

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  • 27.09.2017 | Blogs
      This new report, carried out by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Green Budget Germany (GBG) monitors the different types of subsidies spent by 11 European governments and the EU from 2014 to 2016 in oil, gas and coal projects in Europe. This report aims to raise awareness among European, national decision-makers and the general audience about the huge amounts of subsidies still going to fossil fuel activities in Europe, despite the multiple pledges to comply with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 26.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    If the Governance legislation is done right, the framework can significantly contribute to implementing the EU's fair share to achieve the long term objectives of the Paris Agreement. It can also help unlocking investor confidence and reduce transition costs while reducing the risks of stranded assets across the European economy.

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  • 14.09.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This letter was sent ahead of the High-level Conference on Energy 'Europe’s Future Electricity Market' Dear Minister, Next week you will travel to Tallinn, Estonia to discuss amongst several other issues, the proposedRegulation for Energy Union Governance. The proposed centralisation of climate and energy policy planning and reporting obligations is anopportunity to achieve better policy integration and track progress of implementation. This in turncan support increased climate ambition and a faster energy transition, if the legislation is done right.

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  • 13.09.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to the State of the European Union speech delivered by the President of the European Commission before the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today, Wendel Trio Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:  

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  • 12.09.2017 | Op-eds
    In June of this year the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres led a number of scientists to a call for deeper and faster action on climate change. The message she is sending is clear: if we want to avoid the most dangerous impacts of man-made climate change we need to do much more and we need to do it faster.

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  • 07.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    This FAQ addresses some of the questions and comments that might arise when discussing governance and CAN Europe’s position on it.

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  • 07.09.2017 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on its formal opinion on the revision of Energy Efficiency Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

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  • 05.09.2017 | Op-eds
    While Europe is recovering from an unusually warm summer, a new study warns that heatwaves with temperatures of above 40°C are expected to become more frequent, with some regions of Eastern Europe hit by new super heatwaves of above 55°C, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 23.08.2017 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe has contributed a submission on "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change" sent out by the Citizens’ Assembly of Ireland.

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  • 31.07.2017 | Press Releases
    Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, will be forced to clean up or close down thanks to new EU rules adopted today. The revised standards demand reductions in toxic emissions, yet businesses and governments appear unprepared.

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  • 15.07.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 14.07.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    We would like to thank you for organising the CSO consultation on the External Investment Plan (EIP) on the 29th May, 2017. This meeting allowed civil society organisations to ask questions and share their numerous concerns after hearing from the European Commission how it sees the next steps towards implementation.

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  • 11.07.2017 | Op-eds
    The European Commission has just announced it will drop a mechanism to monitor progress in limiting greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Balkans. The decision will make it difficult to track and manage climate goals in a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, warns Dragana Mileusnić.

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  • 08.07.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to the outcome of the G20 summit that has taken place on 7-8 July in Germany, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 06.07.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to the new climate action plan published by the French government today, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 05.07.2017 | Press Releases
    The Paris Agreement is the route to prosperity, productivity, safety and health and we are moving ahead with its implementation at an accelerating pace. This is the message being sent today by hundreds of cities, states, regions, businesses, investors and many others to the leaders of the G20 who will gather in Hamburg, Germany on 7th July. 

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  • 05.07.2017 | Press Releases
    Tackling climate change will be one of the central tasks of the G20 summit of the world’s largest economies taking place on 7-8 July in Germany. Civil society is calling on the leaders to send a strong signal of their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, including through pursuing deeper emission cuts than currently foreseen.

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  • 03.07.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe has joined civil society groups from a wide range of fields to express their views on the next EU research framework. This report is the first attempt to discuss how to mainstream the sustainable development goals into Research and provides the view of civil society stakeholders which are rarely consulted on EU Research policies.  

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  • 30.06.2017 | Blogs
    Western Balkans leaders committed to work on the energy transition at a Ministerial meeting that took place in Austria in early June. They established an inter-ministerial Climate Action Group, aimed at regional coordination of the national energy and climate plans. The group will be meeting twice per year and its agenda is yet to be filled.

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  • 30.06.2017 | Blogs
    The European Commission has published its ‘Reflection paper on the future of EU finances’ on 28 June, the last of five policy papers within the so called “White paper process on the future of Europe”. With this paper , the European Commission puts down its thinking on the EU budget priorities and structures according to the five different scenarios for the future of Europe, presented by the Juncker commission in March this year on the occasion of the Rome summit.

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  • 30.06.2017 | Blogs
    Just a few weeks before Brussels winds down for the Summer, an agreement has been reached on a multi billion euro EU fund which aims at driving more private investment in development – the so-called EU External Investment Plan (EIP).

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  • 30.06.2017 | Blogs
    A recently published study by energy consultancies Ecofys and TÜ Wien, commissioned by EREF, the European Federation of Renewable Energies Producers, derives national target benchmarks for a more ambitious EU renewables target and analyses the positive effect of increased energy efficiency on the effort required to meet the 2030 renewables target.

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  • 30.06.2017 | Blogs
    What’s the situation?On Tuesday, 27 June, representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission met for their second trilogue meeting to discuss diverging positions on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). There has been little progress as discussions mainly focused on addressing outcomes of technical working group meetings and more controversial topics are most likely tackled at the next trilogue around 10 July.

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  • 28.06.2017 | Press Releases
    The European Commission has published its ‘Reflection paper on the future of EU finances’ today, the last of five policy reflection papers within the so called “White paper process on the future of Europe”.

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  • 26.06.2017 | Press Releases
    EU Energy Ministers meeting in Luxembourg today have adopted their position on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) for after 2020. By agreeing to dilute its cornerstone measure: the annual energy savings obligation, they propose to significantly weaken the policy and thus also profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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  • 26.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This letter was written in response to the open position of CEOs of the European steel industry on 28 May 2017. To the Heads of State and governments of the European Union, Your decisions on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) will determine whether the reform will deliver some much needed improvements for the EU’s carbon market or whether it will impede the Union’s future efforts to curb carbon emissions in a cost-effective way.

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  • 26.06.2017 | Blogs
    This is the second update on a key discussion on the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). Following the Parliament's vote on 14 June, EU Ministers discussed proposals in the Environment Council on 19 June 2017. You can get an update on the Parliament vote here. Unfortunately the debate was not constructive. There was a lack of progress on increasing the ambition of the Commission's proposal and the Council did not agree on its position. Instead as requested by the Maltese presidency Ministers focused on giving their opinion on the proposed 'safety reserve' - a proposal to allow member states to carry over a glut of worthless “hot air” carbon credits from previous years. It seems very likely that this will from now on be part of the Council's text. You can read more on the safety reserve in Transport and Environment’s set of FAQs. You can read CAN Europe’s statement on the discussion here.

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  • 26.06.2017 | Blogs
    This is the first in a series of two blog posts on key discussions in the Parliament and the Council on the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). You can get an update on the Council's negotiations here. On 14 June 2017 the European Parliament voted on the revision of the 'Climate Action Regulation implementing the Paris Agreement' (the ESR), which covers emissions from transport, waste, buildings and agriculture for the coming decade.

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  • 26.06.2017 | Op-eds
    The European Commission will publish its ‘Reflection paper on the future of EU finances’ on 28 June. Against a background of renewed commitments from European leaders towards climate action, the EU budget must be reformed to comply with the requirements of the Paris Agreement, writes Markus Trilling.

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  • 23.06.2017 | Press Releases
    On 26 June, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on the revision of the bloc’s main energy saving law for after 2020. Worryingly, they are considering throwing the policy into disarray by significantly watering down its cornerstone measure: the annual energy savings obligation. This would profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement, which requires boosting energy savings investments.

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  • 21.06.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The Governance Regulation is an opportunity to support increasing climate ambition and a faster energy transition in Europe.

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  • 21.06.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to the discussion on the Governance Regulation taking place in the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Commitees today, Caroline Westblom, EU Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe said:

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  • 21.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear President/Prime Minister/Chancellor, We understand you will be discussing the regrettable withdrawal by the US federal administration from the Paris Agreement. Climate Action Network Europe very much welcomed the EU's reaction to this decision and the expression of its clear support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. We similarly welcomed the strong support of so many other major carbon emitters as well as the determination of hundreds of US States, cities and companies to implement the US pledge to the Paris Agreement.

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  • 21.06.2017 | Press Releases
    EU heads of state and government meeting in Brussels on 22-23 June are expected to express their support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the dedication shown by the EU, but urges leaders to translate their words into action by calling for deeper emission cuts than currently foreseen and providing more support to climate action in developing countries.

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  • 19.06.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to the discussion on the Effort Sharing Regulation taking place at the Environment Council today, Caroline Westblom, EU Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe said:

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  • 16.06.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 14.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Member of the European Parliament, Today you will vote on the so-called “Climate Action Regulation implementing the Paris Agreement” (Effort Sharing Regulation, or ESR). This regulation covers about 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. If designed correctly, it can drive innovation in the sectors involved, and lead to great benefits for the society such as cleaner air, reduced energy poverty and more liveable cities.

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  • 14.06.2017 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament voted today on the revision of the “Climate Action Regulation implementing the Paris Agreement” (Effort Sharing Regulation, or ESR), which covers emissions from transport, waste, buildings and agriculture for the coming decade. The Parliament failed to translate its recent numerous statements reaffirming the EU’s commitment to the Paris Agreement into substantial emission cuts. In its current shape, the impact of the Effort Sharing Regulation on the climate will be close to zero.

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  • 12.06.2017 | Press Releases
    The author of the European Parliament’s report on the new Energy Efficiency Directive, Polish MEP Adam Gierek, proposes to dismantle future EU energy efficiency policy and promotes measures that would extend the life of coal power plants.

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  • 09.06.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    Working with a coalition of seventeen organisations CAN Europe has set out a number of recommendations on the role of the next EU Framework for Research and Innovation.

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  • 06.06.2017 | Presentations & Infographics
    This infographic shows that a misguided starting point for the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) would increase EU emissions by 500M+ tonnes compared to starting from real emission levels.

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  • 06.06.2017 | Blogs
    Today, civil society organisations in 13 countries have sent open letters to their Ministers, urging them to boost ambition of their proposal for the EU’s largest climate tool, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). As EU leaders reaffirmed their full support for the Paris Agreement last week in response to the US retreat, the ESR negotiations are a good litmus test of their commitment.

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  • 06.06.2017 | Press Releases
    With the opening of the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels today, European development and environmental groups are urging the EU to take more ambitious actions in the fight against climate change.

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  • 02.06.2017 | Press Releases
    Clarification added on 02/06/2017, 8:00PM CET: The EU and China agreed to step up cooperation on climate change today, but the statement is to be published at a later moment. In a statement to be released today at a joint high-profile summit in Brussels, the EU and China reaffirm their unequivocal commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and establish a closer partnership on climate action and the clean energy transition.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    It looks like the US is leaving the Paris Agreement! When writing this President Trump has just confirmed that he will announce his decision weather or not to stay in the Paris Agreement tonight at 21.00 CET. Unnamed sources from the White House have consistently indicated that Trump would be intending to leave the Agreement, and that only the details how to do it are open at the moment. Legally the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement takes years and cannot happen before November 2020. A faster route to leave the Paris Agreement would be to withdraw from the UN Climate Convention which can be done in one year, and would also result the US to leave the Paris Agreement simultaneously.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    On 29 May 2017 Serbia ratified the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, in the same time, the Government put out a draft of the national Energy Strategy Implementation Plan, prioritising new coal project and foreseeing further exploration of coal deposits in the country. National NGOs will be fighting these plans in the coming months.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    What's the situation? Turkey’s electricity utility, EÜAŞ, “won” the second place in the Sneaky Special Treatment category of the Fossil Fuels Subsidy Awards due to its significant and increasing public support for new coal mines and power plants which would not attract investors otherwise.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    In 3 legislative files currently negotiated in Brussels the European Parliament progressed on financing matters: reporting on Fossil Fuel Subsidies phase-out; the linking the EU budget comes to national climate ambitions; a climate impact assessment tool for EU investments; and a 40% climate earmarking target for the Juncker Investment Plan.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    What’s the situation? Just short of one year since it was first launched, the European External Investment Plan is in full flow among the usual suspects of the EU machine. To recap, the Plan was initiated as part of the EU’s response to patterns such as migration (and its causes), and longer term sustainable development in third countries. The geographical focus of the EIP thus far is centred on neighbourhood countries as well as fragile and conflict-risk countries.The concept of the Plan is a three-pillar approach:1) The European Fund for Sustainable Development, which is expected to mobilise €44 billion by 2020 and which is the key focus of negotiations at the moment; FLASH has provided updates on the EFSD in past newsletters;2) Technical Assistance, which is a feature of EU external cooperation with developing countries;3) Building up enabling environments to create suitable conditions for private sector engagement and activities.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    What’s the situation? The European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on its position on the Effort Sharing Regulation 30 May, and proposed quite substantial improvements to the original draft by the European Commission. Even while the result could have been even better, our network should be proud: we helped to ensure the most ambitious possible outcome given what was on the table! So what happened?

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  • 01.06.2017 | Blogs
    What’s the situation? On Tuesday, May 30, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission postponed their second trilogue meeting on the reform of the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). This means that after four months of standstill on the file, no substantial progress can be expected for another month. This will make it nearly impossible for the file to be closed within the Maltese presidency and is now likely to be dragged to August or later.

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  • 01.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    A group of CAN Europe's partner NGOs wrote to the French Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition, urging him to improve France's position on the Effort Sharing Regulation and LULUCF, and to align it with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 31.05.2017 | Press Releases
    In reaction to today’s announcement by the US President Donald Trump, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 31.05.2017 | Press Releases
    On 1-2 June, the EU and China will hold a high-profile summit, with climate at the forefront of the agenda. The two partners are expected to reaffirm their unequivocal commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to spearhead cooperation on the clean energy transition.

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  • 30.05.2017 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted today on the revision of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which covers emissions from transport, waste, buildings and agriculture, for the coming decade.

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  • 29.05.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    Along with a coalition of CSOs CAN Europe has set out recommendations to ensure that lessons are learnt from other investment initiatives at the multilateral and European level; both the positive examples of careful, evidence-led work and negative, long-term damaging examples of hastily established funds. 

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  • 29.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Member of the ENVI committee, On 30 May you will vote on the so-called “Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)”. The ESR covers about 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. If designed correctly, it can drive innovation in the sectors involved, and lead to great benefits for the society such as cleaner air, reduced energy poverty and more liveable cities.  

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  • 25.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This letter is addressed to Environment Ministers and Permanent Representatives of Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Bulgaria Dear Environment Ministers, As the ETS revision process closes to an end, we would like to bring to your attention, the crucial issue of establishing a Just Transition Fund in order to support local economies and especially workers and their families in regions where lignite and coal mining activity is expected to decline in the coming decade.

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  • 25.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Rapporteur/Shadow Rapporteur, As the ETS revision process closes to an end, we would like to bring to your attention to important differences between the decision of the European Parliament and the “general approach” agreed between the Environment Ministers in terms of EU ETS Funds. The eligibility criteria for investments under an article 10c derogation and the establishment of a Just Transition Fund. Both issues concern lower income Member States and are crucial for their alignment with EU’s ambitious decarbonization objectives.

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  • 25.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Environment Minister, Ahead of the upcoming trilogue meeting on the revision of EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS), the undersigned, representing 30 networks and organizations representing citizens from across Europe, would like to urge you to ensure that the funding mechanisms dedicated to help lower-income Member States transform their energy systems (article 10c and the Modernization Fund) are robust and well-designed to truly support the development of renewable energy and energy savings instead of subsidizing coal plants.

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  • 25.05.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 24.05.2017 | Press Releases
    Owner Vattenfall is closing the 188MW Klingenberg lignite plant after sustained pressure from local campaigners.

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  • 23.05.2017 | Blogs
    In order to meet our climate change goals we need to increase natural carbon sinks within the EU to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Yet the EU’s sink is actually projected to decline between now and 2030, by an estimated 100MT of CO2. To counter this the EU needs to improve its land use accounting rules within the LULUCF regulation. 

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  • 23.05.2017 | Press Releases
    The draft report on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 - 2030 leaked to the press yesterday calls upon the EU to raise its 2030 renewable energy target to at least 35% and re-introduce binding national targets for 2030.

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  • 22.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Commissioner Arias Cañete, The EU is in the process of deciding the accounting rules for land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) for the post-2020 period. The EU’s decision will have international significance.

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  • 22.05.2017 | Press Releases
    Nine European countries have been named and shamed today in a public fossil fuel subsidies awards ceremony in Brussels. From 10 April until 8 May, the public voted on the deadliest, dirtiest and sneakiest subsidies to fossil fuels in Europe.

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  • 19.05.2017 | Op-eds
    Since EU governments started negotiating their position on the revision of the bloc’s energy efficiency laws, proposals have been going from bad to worse. Member states have to step their game up, warns Dora Petroula.

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  • 18.05.2017 | Presentations & Infographics
    The infographic shows the multiple benefits of raising the EU 2030 renewable energy target from a mere 27% to at least 45%.

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  • 17.05.2017 | Press Releases
    A draft report on the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation released today calls upon the EU to embrace the zero-carbon transition and scale up climate action to be more consistent with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 15.05.2017 | Press Releases
    Today in Strasburg, the European Parliament lead committees have brought the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), also known as 'the Juncker investment plan', closer to compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. However, they have once again fallen short of eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, which stand in the way of climate action.

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  • 15.05.2017 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe has contributed to the Public Consultation on the External Financing Instruments of the European Union. These instruments range from support to developing countries and LDCs to Neighbourhood countries and thematic instruments on issues like peace and human rights. Submissions to the consultation are being used to gather feedback on the evaluations of each instruments and to gather preliminary ideas on the future external financing instruments after the current ones have expired by 31 December 2020. 

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  • 15.05.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe has written a joint letter to Italian ENVI Committee MEPs ahead of their vote on the ‘Effort Sharing’ Regulation, or the ‘Climate Action Regulation implementing the Paris Agreement’ on 30 May.  

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  • 05.05.2017 | Press Releases
    At its 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 8 May, the biggest Dutch bank ING will face calls from European campaigners to end its financial support to companies building or planning new coal mines and coal-fired power plants.

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  • 03.05.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    The forthcoming EU budget post-2020 must serve higher climate ambition both in Europe and worldwide, catalyzing the zero-carbon transition of our societies, including the phasing out of fossil fuels towards 100% renewables and fully energy efficient economies.

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  • 28.04.2017 | Press Releases
    Health, environment and climate groups have welcomed the decision today by EU Member States of new air pollution standards (LCP BREF) which will force the coal industry to reduce their toxic fumes and save more than 20,000 lives every year (1).

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  • 27.04.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    As the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enter the phase of intense negotiations on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, it is important to underscore that a higher energy efficiency target will help the EU in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and thus also in implementing its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Therefore, increasing the energy efficiency target should be welcomed as an opportunity to revise the EU's inadequate climate target and further strengthen the relevant tools, such as the Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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  • 21.04.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Commissioner Vella, On 28 April the Commission will seek the approval of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Article 75 Committee for a revised version of the so-called ‘LCP BREF’ industrial standards document. It is essential that no last-minute changes are made to weaken the final draft of this document, which was agreed by consensus at the IED Forum meeting in October 2016.

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  • 21.04.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 19.04.2017 | Op-eds
    The EU must step up and lead the push for the world’s big economies to end fossil fuel subsidies, writes Maeve McLynn.

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  • 07.04.2017 | Press Releases
    The G7 Energy Ministers will meet on 9-10 April in Rome. On the agenda, the decarbonization of our economy, including the phase out of fossil fuels and related subsidies will be discussed.The G7 must urgently see the writing on the wall and stop pouring tax payers' money into fossil fuels, which is an economic dead-end and environmentally disastrous.

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  • 06.04.2017 | Press Releases
    Eurelectric, the association of European electricity producers announced yesterday that it did not “intend to invest in new-build coal-fired power plants after 2020” and declared its support for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. In reaction, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe stresses that this statement is merely a starting point that needs to lead to a comprehensive plan for a full phase out of existing coal plants.

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  • 05.04.2017 | Reports & Briefs
      The governance regulation brings together climate and energy policies, climate change mitigation and adaptation and aims at managing the low-carbon transition as a whole. This short briefing presents you five things you need to know about the regulation. Spoiler: the text still needs to be strengthened for it to become the transition framework it has the potential to be.

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  • 04.04.2017 | Press Releases
    Effective air pollution limits could save more than 20,000 lives every year, yet some national governments are threatening to veto EU measures to tackle toxic pollution.

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  • 03.04.2017 | Op-eds
    As the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform enters its crucial trialogue phase, it is up to the European Parliament to fight its corner and ensure that future funding only goes towards projects that contribute to the clean energy transition, writes Joanna Flisowska.

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  • 03.04.2017 | Press Releases
    On Tuesday 4 April the European Parliament will adopt its resolution on the mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020. Members of the European Parliament must take this opportunity to ensure that the current EU budget serves higher climate and energy ambitions and complies with the Paris agreement.

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  • 03.04.2017 | Press Releases
    The reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the coming decade enters the final stretch today, with representatives of the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission meeting for the first informal ‘trialogue’ to negotiate an agreement on the redesign of the ETS.

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  • 28.03.2017 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe together with Transparency International is representing the developed country CSO network towards the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) which funds environment, climate and sustainability projects all over the world.

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  • 23.03.2017 | Blogs
    It turns out that the call of the European Court of Auditors to increase spending on climate action is finally being heard, as a result of our efforts to demonstrate that the EU budget must serve higher climate ambitions.

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  • 23.03.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear heads of state, We, the undersigned, coalitions of civil society organisations and trade unions representing millions of European citizens campaigning for the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), write to you on the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome as you meet to discuss the future of the European Union.

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  • 22.03.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    The European Commission’s legislative proposals included in the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package published on 30 November 2016 are as a whole not consistent 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, which require the immediate overhaul of EU climate and energy policies.

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  • 22.03.2017 | Press Releases
    On Saturday, EU Heads of State and Government will gather in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU and discuss its future. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe urges EU leaders to put climate action at the heart of a new vision that will help revitalise the European project. Unfortunately, a preparatory document for the Rome declaration does not contain any references to climate change.

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  • 21.03.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In advance of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that founded the European Community, European civil society organisations and trade unions have appealed to EU leaders to show courage and vision in leading the transition to a just, sustainable, democratic and inclusive Europe.

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  • 19.03.2017 | Blogs
    EU decision makers are currently discussing how to reform its Emissions Trading Scheme for the period 2021-2030. Here is what has happened so far:

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  • 17.03.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 17.03.2017 | Blogs
    Today and tomorrow, finance ministers from the world’s 20 largest economies are gathering in the spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany to discuss issues and challenges related to our global financial system. That discussion will include fossil fuel subsidies, a long-standing agenda item of G20 gatherings.

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  • 13.03.2017 | Blogs
    On Tuesday, 28 February 2017, the Environment Council agreed on a general approach on the revision of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). Although the agreement goes further in terms of ambition than the European Parliament’s position adopted on 15 February, it still falls dramatically short of delivering the reform needed to align the ETS with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 08.03.2017 | Blogs
    While a lot of attention in the negotiations about the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) in the coming year will go to which target will be given to each Member State for 2030, the ESR will in fact consist of a ten year carbon budget for each Member State for the period 2021 to 2030. The total amount of polluting greenhouse gases that each country will be allowed to emit in the period 2021 to 2030 will be determined equally by the emissions level set for the starting point in 2021 as by the 2030 target. In other words, 1% more emissions at the starting point has the same effect on the EU’s emission budget as decreasing the 2030 target by 1%. The lower the starting point in 2021 the more emissions reductions will be achieved in the ESR until 2030.

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  • 07.03.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and of the electricity market design represents a great opportunity to foster the further development of renewable energy in the European Union for the decades to come and to make the market ‘fit for renewables’.

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  • 07.03.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) review represents a great opportunity to strengthen the Directive, building on lessons learnt from the implementation so far. The Directive provides a real added value to the European energy efficiency policy framework, as it helps create a level playing field among the Member States. An EED which leads to higher energy savings will offer even greater benefits to European citizens related to greenhouse gas emission reductions, job creation, lower energy bills and improved health. 

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  • 07.03.2017 | CAN Europe Positions
    The Commission proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union contains some positive elements. But in the absence of binding national targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy, the Commission proposal does not provide incentives for Members States to make appropriately ambitious pledges regarding their national contributions on renewable energy and energy efficiency. It also does not convincingly define what happens if the national contributions do not add up to the EU targets.

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  • 06.03.2017 | Press Releases
    EU foreign affairs ministers agreed today to put climate objectives at heart of EU security and foreign policies. CAN Europe welcomes the initiative and calls on EU diplomats to lead the fight to achieve deeper emission cuts to limit warming to below 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 03.03.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council on 6 March you will discuss the interlinkage between the EU’s climate and energy diplomacy and security policy. Climate Action Network Europe welcomes the initiative as we strongly believe that Europe’s geopolitical interests are closely linked to managing climate risk and the global energy transition toward 100% renewable energy.

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  • 28.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Mr. Ruijters, The energy, telecommunications and transport sectors represent significant parts of the EU economy. All three sectors need modernisation to build a solid basis for a competitive and more energy secure European economy that is equipped to meet future challenges, including sustainability and viability in a climate change context.

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  • 28.02.2017 | Press Releases
    EU Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels today have reached an agreement on the revision of the Emission Trading System (ETS) for the next decade. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the outcome, while slightly better than expected, is far too weak to repair the broken scheme or align the EU’s planned emission reductions with the global temperature goals it committed to under the Paris Agreement.

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  • 27.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Environment  Minister, Ahead of the Environment Council we, the undersigned, representing 32 networks and organizations from 30 countries, would like to urge you to ensure that the low-carbon funding mechanisms dedicated to help lower-income Member States transform their energy systems (article 10c and the Modernization Fund) are robust and well-designed to truly support the development of renewable energy and energy savings instead of subsidizing coal plants. 

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  • 24.02.2017 | Op-eds
    Next week, EU environment ministers are to strike a deal on the reform of the Emissions Trading System (ETS). If governments do not treat the reform with more seriousness, the EU risks setting its carbon market up for another decade of failure, argues Wendel Trio. The current proposals are clearly not in line with the EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to keep the temperature rise well below 2°C, let alone below 1.5°C. This would profoundly damage the EU’s reputation as a frontrunner in the fight against climate change and further deteriorate EU citizens’ trust in the bloc’s ability to act.

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  • 24.02.2017 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe contributed today to the mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe facility (CEF).

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  • 24.02.2017 | Press Releases
    EU Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels next Tuesday, 28th February aim to reach an agreement on the revision of the Emission Trading System (ETS) for the next decade.

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  • 23.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Minister, During the Energy Council on 27 February in Brussels, you will present your country’s views on the ‘Clean Energy package for all Europeans’ published by the European Commission at the end of last year.

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  • 23.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Environment Minister, Ahead of the informal Environment Council Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe would like to urge you to stand for significant reforms of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

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  • 22.02.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing shows that further public investment in EU gas infrastructure is likely to represent bad value for money, given:

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  • 21.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Vice-President Šefčovič, As civil society organisations who have been monitoring developments around the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) for some time, we, the undersigned, would like to take the opportunity of your participation in the SGC Advisory Council this week in Baku to highlight our concerns regarding the EU’s support to this project.

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  • 20.02.2017 | Blogs
    In terms of ambition, the results of the European Parliament vote on 15.2.2017 is a clear betrayal of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 17.02.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 17.02.2017 | Op-eds
    The time is ripe for Brussels and Beijing to step up their relationship as US climate diplomacy dwindles, write Maeve McLynn and Li Shuo

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  • 16.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Minister, During the upcoming ECOFIN Council on 21 February, you will have the opportunity to give your input towards the EU’s preparation of the terms of reference for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting on 15 & 16 March.

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  • 15.02.2017 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament voted today on its position for the redesign of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the coming decade. Instead of scaling up emission cuts beyond what the Parliament’s environment committee has proposed, lawmakers watered down provisions aimed at increasing the level of ambition of the reform.

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  • 15.02.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Sir or Madam, I’m writing to you on behalf of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe ahead of the plenary vote on the Emission Trading Scheme reform on February 15th 2017.

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  • 15.02.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The reform of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the period from 2021-2030 is currently being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council. The following should help you find answers to some of the most frequent and urgent questions in this debate.

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  • 10.02.2017 | Press Releases
    On 15 February, the European Parliament will vote on the redesign of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the coming decade. The Parliament’s decision is the most important political milestone on the way to turn the ETS into an effective climate protection tool and incentivise polluting industries to embrace the shift to a green economy.

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  • 02.02.2017 | Blogs
    On February 14th 2017, Members of the European Parliament will vote on their position on the reform of Europe’s main climate policy: EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS). They will decide whether to make the polluters pay or let them off the hook. 

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  • 01.02.2017 | Presentations & Infographics
    Here is what CAN Europe argue that the new EU budget 2021-2027 must do and not do to deliver a sustainable and clean Energy Union.

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  • 01.02.2017 | Press Releases
    The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the transition of the European economy away from fossil fuels is underway, but its pace is far too slow to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 27.01.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    Ahead of the seminar with civil society organisations on 30 January 2017, CAN Europe together with CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance, Urgewald and WWF European Policy Office sent a briefing to the European Investment Bank Board of Directors on how to make the EIB finance consistent with the pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions development.

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  • 20.01.2017 | Blogs
    News from Renewable Grid Initiative (RGI): RGI will cooperate with the European Commission again to give out three 'Good Practice of the Year' awards at the Energy Infrastructure Forum in Copenhagen. Now it is up to you: do you want to be on stage to present your innovative, creative and exciting practice that you as grid operator, project developer, NGO or authority representative have implemented? Then apply now for the 4th edition of our 'Good Practice of the Year' award! 

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  • 13.01.2017 | Reports & Briefs
      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. 

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  • 10.01.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    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.

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  • 09.01.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    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.

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  • 09.01.2017 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter No.4 - December-January 2017: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 08.01.2017 | Blogs
    The Effort Sharing Regulation is currently being discusssed in the the European Parliament and the European Council.

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  • 20.12.2016 | Blogs
    “The recent relative fall in energy prices should make it easier for governments to remove tax exemptions and other energy demand subsidies” “Fossil-fuels subsidies are particularly problematic, as they disadvantage clean energy and hamper the transition to a low-carbon economy.” European Commission's Energy Prices and Costs Report, p17 By: Maeve McLynn, Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe On November 30th, the European Commission published its sizable 'Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package, including eleven legislative proposals on the medium to long-term fate of the European energy sector. Lost in the flurry of activity surrounding big files, such as those on renewable energy and energy efficiency, were some smaller pieces of the package which went under the radar of European stakeholders. And quite conveniently it would seem.

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  • 20.12.2016 | Blogs
    The EU-China NGO Twinning program is an exchange program for the staff of European and Chinese NGOs. It aims at establishing sustainable partnerships and cooperation between non-governmental or non-profit organizations and think tanks from both regions.

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  • 19.12.2016 | Press Releases
    Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) today expressed their support for measures to scale up emission cuts in the carbon market. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the support for more ambition, but at the same time urges EU decision makers to step up those cuts in order to be in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 18.12.2016 | Blogs
    Would you like to know how to analyse energy poverty at national or local level, train people to perform energy audits or engage decision makers and local actors in designing structural solutions to energy poverty? Have a look at the project implemented by one of our member organizations, Focus from Slovenia and get inspired by its impressive results.

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  • 15.12.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) voted today on the redesign of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the coming decade. CAN Europe welcomes the steps the Parliament took to scale up emission cuts, beyond what the European Commission has proposed, but stresses that these are still far too little to repair the broken scheme or align the EU’s planned emission reductions with the global temperature goals it committed to under the Paris Agreement.

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  • 13.12.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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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  • 13.12.2016 | Press Releases
    On 15 December, the European Parliament’s environment committee will cast a decisive vote on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Carbon Market Watch, WWF and almost 100 000 European citizens in the WeMove.EU community urge the committee members to vote for a bold reform to turn the EU ETS into an effective climate protection tool and make the polluting industries and power producers pick up the tab for the harm they cause.

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  • 12.12.2016 | Press Releases
    Turkey's second largest private bank, Garanti, which finances the country’s coal boom, received the 2016 Climate Performance Leadership award from CDP, a UK based organisation, earlier this month. Environmental groups shed light on the destructive impacts of the dodgy deals the bank is involved in, in order to counter its green claims deceiving the European public.

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  • 10.12.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    The proposed Regulation is unambitious and must be strengthened in several ways to ensure that the LULUCF sectors sufficiently contribute to achieving the European Union’s international commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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  • 05.12.2016 | Press Releases
    Today the ECOFIN Council agreed on its position on the future of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI, also referred to as the Juncker Plan or the Investment Plan for Europe. While it contains some good elements on climate action, the council stills falls short of ensuring EFSI’s investments are in line with the EU’s climate goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 04.12.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In this letter CAN Europe urges Environment Ministers and national climate attachés to ensure an ambitious ETS reform and not to prematurely come to a conclusion on this file.

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  • 02.12.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) recognised as Europe's leading network working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and results-driven staff member to Coordinate our network and outreach team and fundraising activities in Brussels (remote location, in particular in eastern and southern Europe, also possible). The job includes strategic and operational tasks. The successful candidate will be a key team member charged with meeting our organisation’s needs, mission and goals.

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  • 02.12.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Action Network (CAN Europe) recognised as Europe's leading network working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and results-driven EU Climate & Energy Policy Coordinator to join our team in Brussels. 

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  • 02.12.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Action Network (CAN Europe) recognised as Europe's leading network working on climate and energy issues is currently seeking an experienced and dynamic Communications Coordinator to join our team in Brussels.  This position will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to be at the centre of the largest movement for global change that will affect people and the planet for centuries to come.

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  • 01.12.2016 | Blogs
    The difference between the three different Councils can be confusing. Here a short clarification.

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  • 01.12.2016 | Blogs
    On 30 November, the European Commission presented its long-awaited package of Energy Union legislative proposals.

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  • 30.11.2016 | Press Releases
    The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package released by the European Commission today is not consistent with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and disregards the fact that the climate crisis poses an urgent existential threat. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the package will not help the EU reap the benefits of a shift to a fully renewable and efficient energy system.

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  • 28.11.2016 | Press Releases
    MEDIA ADVISORY Brussels, 28 November 2016, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 30 November, the European Commission is expected to publish its winter package, a long-awaited, key piece of the Energy Union strategy. According to environmental groups, leaked documents show that the package will likely disregard the Paris Agreement and fall well short of what the EU needs to do to pull its weight in the fight against climate change.

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  • 23.11.2016 | Press Releases
    PRESS RELEASE / SDG WATCH EUROPE / BRUSSELS / 23 NOVEMBER 2016 SDG Watch Europe, a civil society alliance of more than 90 EU NGOs established to ensure the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU and its Member States, has criticised today’s publication of the EC Commission’s Communication entitled “Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability.”

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  • 23.11.2016 | Blogs
    As COP22 in Marrakech has come to a close, one can clearly note the same ugly issues raising their heads when it comes to financial support for climate action. Previous blogs in this section have documented throughout the years the diversions of opinion, disagreements of approach and the inherent lack of trust between developing and developed countries when it comes to climate finance. And this blog won’t tell a very different story.

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  • 22.11.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    31 organisations and networks working on a coal free Europe call on Members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament to vote for a meaningful revision of the EU’s Emission Trading System (EU ETS) that supports the rapid decarbonisation of Europe’s energy systems and transition away from coal in line with the Paris agreement and the leadership role EU is aspiring to play in global climate policy.

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  • 18.11.2016 | Press Releases
    At the climate conference in Marrakech which is coming to an end, all countries have reaffirmed their collective commitment to implement all elements of the Paris Agreement. While concrete outcomes of the talks remain modest, some key elements of the implementation of the Paris Agreement moved forward, including that the so called “Paris Rulebook” will be complete in 2018.

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  • 16.11.2016 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 16.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly. On the policy-side, the CCPI still tracks a lack of ambition in many countries but some are catching up this year.

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  • 15.11.2016 | Press Releases
    Press Release Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe Global energy transition has started Emerging economies catch up / European countries lose speed / Japan, Australia and Canada worst performers of all industrialized countries [Marrakech 16 November 2016] With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly.

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  • 15.11.2016 | Press Releases
    [Marrakech 15 November 2016] The European Commission received the “Fossil of the Day Award” from Climate Action Network at the UN Climate Summit in Marrakech today. The Commission was given the award for the inconsistency between its rhetoric at the international climate negotiations and failure to walk the talk at home while preparing the future EU energy legislation.

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  • 10.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    In this briefing CAN Europe reviews and compares the amendments tabled in the European Parliament's ENVI Committee which concern environmental ambition in the EU ETS. 

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  • 09.11.2016 | Press Releases
    The result of the US elections has just been announced.In reaction, Ulriikka Aarnio, International Climate Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 08.11.2016 | Press Releases
    Belgrade, Brussels, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Zagreb, 8 November 2016 – Coal continues to dominate the energy systems of the Western Balkan countries aspiring to become EU members, while the uptake of renewable energy has been extremely slow. These are the main conclusions of a new scorecard report launched today by a group of NGOs (1), ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s annual enlargement reports scheduled for tomorrow. 

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  • 04.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing analyses the future of the climate policy in the Western Balkans. 

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  • 04.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This analysis highlights a number of key pathways within the Paris Agreement that governments can use to support the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.

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  • 03.11.2016 | Press Releases
    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report 2016 published today is yet another proof that ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement require stronger short term action already before 2020 and deeper emission cuts in the period until 2030.

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  • 02.11.2016 | Press Releases
    Since the Paris Agreement was struck at the global climate Summit in Paris (21st Conference of the Parties to the Un Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21) last year, countries have come together at an unprecedented rate to ensure its early into force. To make sure discussions about the implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as action before 2020 can move swiftly forward at COP22, starting 7 November in Marrakech, CAN Europe calls upon the EU to bring a concrete plan for how it will ensure increased climate ambition.

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  • 27.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    Here you can find Climate Action Network´s Annual Policy Document 2016, published ahead of COP22 in Marrakech.

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  • 26.10.2016 | Blogs
    Today, a consortium of NGOs led by CONCORD Europe jointly published its ‘AidWatch’ report which tracks aid from EU Member States to developing country partners, as part of their international commitment to address global poverty and inequality through financial support. The report seeks to enhance the transparency and effectiveness of financial flows towards enhanced and sustainable development. This year, the report has included a section on climate financing as part of overall development flows.

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  • 24.10.2016 | Blogs
    In July 2016, the European Commission published their proposal for a regulation for CO2 emissions form the land-use (LULUCF) sectors.It contains three different ways of accounting for emissions or removals. We explain what they are and why having such a mixed bag isn't good.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This report shows that by shifting to a low-carbon, 100% renewable pathway, fastly emerging economies like Turkey will benefit from a strongly reduced dependency on fossil fuel imports, will save lives through reduced pollution and will create more sustainable, green and qualified jobs that could have a major positive impact on the country’s developmental vision.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Op-eds
    Business as usual is not good enough anymore. For the EU to stay at the top of the class on climate action, it urgently needs to review its targets and boost its post-2020 efforts, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This set of infographics were developed together with the release of the report Co-benefits of Climate Action - Assessing Turkey's Climate Pledge.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    These infographics show an assessment of Turkey's climate commitments and the benefits of stronger climate action (in Turkish).

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  • 18.10.2016 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter No.2 - October 2016: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 18.10.2016 | Blogs
    The Global Wind Energy Council, representing wind energy industry worldwide published its bi-annual flagship Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016 today.

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  • 17.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Developed countries today published a roadmap which shows how the collective goal of providing $100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries tackle climate change will be met. 

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  • 17.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In this letter CAN Europe, E3G, EKOenergy, Greenpeace and WWF urge Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, to end the trade measures on imported solar panels immediately through the Expiry Review.

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  • 13.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    In September 2016 the European Commission published its proposal for the prolongation of the EFSI until2020, to be achieved by amending the existing regulation. We welcome several improvements. However,as organisations monitoring closely the creation and implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe,we believe that the proposed changes are not sufficient to genuinely tackle the challenges andshortcomings identified in the EFSI first year of operations.

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  • 12.10.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) voted today on a new Directive to redesign the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the coming decade. However, according to CAN Europe the lacklustre compromises reached between the major political groups have done little to repair the broken scheme or align Europe’s emissions trajectory with the global temperature goals it committed to under the Paris Agreement.

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  • 11.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Effective emissions limits could save thousands of lives every year, yet more than half of coal power stations in Europe are operating with ‘permission to pollute’ above limits set in EU law. These are the findings of a new report ‘Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives’ published today by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF and Sandbag.

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  • 11.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Finance ministers met today in Luxembourg to discuss climate finance, just one month ahead of the next international climate summit COP22 in Marrakech. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the re-iteration by finance ministers to continue to provide public finance to tackle both the causes and impacts of climate change. But despite the rehashed pledge, EU Member States must provide much more clarity on how support for international climate action will be scaled up.

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  • 11.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
      Effective emissions limits could save thousands of lives every year, yet more than half of coal power stations in Europe are operating with ‘permission to pollute’ above limits set in EU law. These are the findings of a new report ‘Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives’ published by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF and Sandbag.

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  • 09.10.2016 | Press Releases
    New infographic published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today shows the huge discrepancy between what companies have to pay for carbon pollution under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and how much it costs EU citizens.

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  • 08.10.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    The infographic shows the huge discrepancy between what companies have to pay for their climate pollution and how much it costs citizens.

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  • 06.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Ahead of the ECOFIN Council on October 11th 2016, Climate Action Network Europe sent the following letter to climate ministers calling for ambitious climate finance.

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  • 06.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Lawmakers inch towards fixing the broken carbon market The bulk of the work left to the environment committee Members of the European Parliament’s industry committee (ITRE) today put forward compromise amendments concerning new legislation for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The draft compromise will be subject to the committee’s vote on 13 October.

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  • 05.10.2016 | Press Releases
    The EU’s decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement without all Members States having formally joined has helped ensure its early entry into force. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome this historic achievement by the global community, and urges EU leaders to immediately turn their attention to the necessary steps that now need to be taken to live up to the objectives of the agreement.

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  • 05.10.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    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.

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  • 05.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Climate Action Network Europe co-signed a letter to the board members of the Green Climate Fund calling for categorical exclusion of export credit agencies (ECA).

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  • 03.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    3 networks and 21 organizations representing almost 50 million citizens across Europe, called on Members of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament to vote for an ambitious revision of the EU’s Emission Trading System (EU ETS) that supports a rapid phase out of fossil fuels, in particular coal.

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  • 30.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Environment Ministers of all EU member states have today agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement through a process which allows the EU to deposit its instrument before the EU countries approve it separately. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes this exceptional move and calls upon the EU to show the same commitment to increase its climate action in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 29.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Getting it straight: EU ratification of the Paris Agreement. Today, CAN Europe organised an online press briefing ahead of the Extraordinary Environment Council which takes place 30 September in Brussels.

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  • 28.09.2016 | Reports & Briefs
      The European Fund for Strategic Investments was established in 2015 to power-charge post-crisis Europe and provide a much-needed impulse for de-carbonising its economies. Yet, a the new report by CAN Europe, CEE Bankwatch, WWF, Friends of th Earth Europe shows that during its first year, the fund leveraged EUR 1.5 billion for fossil fuel infrastructure, and 68% of transport investment is destined for carbon-intensive projects.

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  • 26.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Members of the European Parliament from all major political parties tabled amendments for strengthening the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme post-2020. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomed this development, but stressed that only the most ambitious amendments are in keeping with Europe’s environmental obligations.

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  • 26.09.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This paper looks at the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) starting point in 2021 and how it affects the ETS phase 4 emissions budget.

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  • 26.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Cash that should be flowing into projects that boost environmental sustainability is instead fuelling outdated carbon-intensive projects like motorways, airports, and fossil-fuel infrastructure, according to a new report on Europe’s investment plan released today [1].

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  • 20.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Today, at the special high-level event on entry into force of the Paris Agreement at the UN Headquarters in New York, several countries deposited their ratification instruments. Others, including the EU, announced that they will do so before the end of this year. 

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  • 20.09.2016 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 16.09.2016 | Press Releases
    As the EU-27 gather in Bratislava today, leading environmental organisations call for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum [1].

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  • 14.09.2016 | Press Releases
    What should have been two significant contributions to Europe’s war chest in the fight against climate change will in fact leave the planet short-changed and open the door to even more polluting fossil fuel projects, argue campaigners at Bankwatch, Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe.

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  • 09.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Commenting on a leaked draft of the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive proposal Dora Petroula, Energy Savings Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 08.09.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has today voted on a resolution on the upcoming COP22, urging the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement before the end of this year and calling for revision of its 2030 climate target in 2018.

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  • 05.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Climate change was high on the agenda as leaders of the world’s largest economies met for the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. But the communiqué released today once again lacks a deadline for when to phase out subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe calls upon Germany, as next G20 chair and the EU as a whole to take necessary steps to both agree on a rapid phase out of subsidies globally and walk the talk in Europe.

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
      On this page you find civil society organisations' reports and other publications related to the issue of shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidies. For all shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidy related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
      Here we collect a sample of the media coverage of the topics shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidies.     {tab title ="November" align="left"} NOVEMBER 2017   EU DEVELOPMENTS - EU Observer (Belgium): Germany and France defend emissions trading deal. “Most significantly, Makaroff criticised that the reformed ETS would allow "some" funding of projects related to coal power.” - EU Observer (Belgium): Emissions trading deal reached after 'isolating' Poland. "The backdoor for funding coal through the ETS in countries in a dire need of transition remains open." - The Irish Times (Ireland): “Europe has less than 10 years left to burn gas, study says”. “This warning comes as the EU is poised to publish a list of 55 new major gas projects it is considering for public funding. In the past three years, the EU has granted more than €1 billion in public finance to gas projects.” - Euractiv (Belgium): Carbon...

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  • 01.09.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
      On this page you can find visual material produced by CAN Europe on the topic of fossil fuel subsidies phase out and shifting financial flows. 

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
      CAN Europe works on a number of topic areas which are related to shifting finance away from fossil fuels: Shifting Financial Flows Climate Finance & Sustainable Development

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  • 31.08.2016 | Blogs
    EU decision makers are currently discussing how to reform the EU ETS for the post 2020 period. In July 2015, the European Commission released its proposal on the reform.

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  • 31.08.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    Ahead of the 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou, China 4-5 September CAN Europe published a briefing on the EU's funding for fossil fuels.

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  • 31.08.2016 | Press Releases
    EU financial institutions and funds channel billions of euros into fossil fuel projects, while EU policies and laws allow for yet more public money to flow into fossil fuels through the back door. This is the conclusion of a briefing on the various forms of fossil fuel subsidies in the EU, published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today, ahead of the upcoming G20 summit where the topic will be discussed.

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  • 31.08.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to European Commission President Juncker & European Council President Tusk and CC: EU-28 Heads of State & Government ahead of the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. 

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  • 18.08.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    Submissions to EU consultation on External Development will be used to inform the way forward on the revision of the European Consensus on Development and other external aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation. The consultation seek views on how development policy, in the context of EU external action as foreseen by the Lisbon Treaty, should respond to the range of landmark 2015 summits and conferences, and also to the rapid changes happening in the world.

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  • 02.08.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe, Europe's largest coalition working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated and dynamic colleague to join our team in Berlin as an Energy Analyst. 

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  • 29.07.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Submission - Elaborating Modalities of Accounting for Climate Finance

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  • 21.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe has done a first analyisis of the Commission's proposal on non-ETS emissions for 2021-2030. 

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  • 19.07.2016 | Press Releases
    European Commission misses opportunity to put in place a ratchet-up mechanism and to set an ambitious starting point for reductions. EU countries’ climate targets, included in the proposal for the Effort Sharing Regulation published by the European Commission today are too weak to prevent devastating climate change in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 17.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAn Europe co-signed the following letter to President Junker on LULUCF and the starting Point in the non-ETS sectors.

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  • 15.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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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  • 13.07.2016 | Press Releases
    Commission’s proposal for post-2020 emission cuts likely to reward countries who will miss their 2020 target.  The European Commission’s proposal for post-2020 reductions of emissions outside the Emission Trading Scheme risks rewarding countries who are not on track or slow in reaching their current binding target for 2020. 

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  • 13.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The CAN Europe briefing: No cheating from the start shows that opting for a more ambitious approach for the starting level of reducitons in the non-ETS sectors would cut greenhouse gases by at least 850 million tonnes - more than the 2014 emissions of Germany and France combined.

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  • 13.07.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    The following visuals were developed for our Climate Finance & Fossil Fuel Subsidies campaigns

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  • 10.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    In this briefing CAN Europe stresses the EU's important role in maintaining the momentum created in Paris for strengthened climate action, and the European Parliament has a particular role in ensuring higher ambition in the EU. With a view to the debate in the Environment Committee on the COP22 Resolution this briefing outlines CAN Europe’s priorities after Paris and on the road to Marrakech.

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  • 06.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe and ETUC sent the following letter to the Slovakian Minister Solymos and Vice-President Šefcovic ahead of the Informal Environment Council on 12-13 July 2016, where the chemical industry is the only stakeholder invited to address the meeting of ministers, while representatives from civil society are not.

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  • 06.07.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Commission must listen to the European Parliament calling for an EU budget that works for people and the planet – according to CEE Bankwatch Network, Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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  • 05.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Energy Ministers ahead of the Informal Environment Council on 12-13 July 2016

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  • 05.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Energy Ministers ahead of the Informal Energy Council on 12-13 July 2016

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  • 03.07.2016 | Blogs
    The origins of the concept of climate finance in the context of the UN climate negotiations and the UNFCCC Agreement to provide it.

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  • 03.07.2016 | Blogs
    Building on one of the assertions made in the Copenhagen Accord – ‘including alternative sources of finance’ – CAN Europe believes that the EU could lead a more ambitious way to increasing its climate finance support through implementing a number of measures that would generate revenues for EU governments.

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  • 01.07.2016 | Blogs
    As a short-term measure the Commission postponed the auctioning of 900 million allowances until 2019-2020.

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  • 29.06.2016 | Press Releases
    First ever analysis of cross-border health impacts of all EU coal power plants Coal pollution and its health impacts travel far beyond borders, and a full coal phase-out in the EU would bring enormous benefits for all citizens across the continent. That is according to a new report published today by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag.

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  • 29.06.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag presents an analysis of cross-border health impacts of all EU coal power plants. Coal pollution and its health impacts travel far beyond borders, and a full coal phase-out in the EU would bring enormous benefits for all citizens across the continent. 

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  • 27.06.2016 | Press Releases
    More than 200 civil society organisations have joined together to urge G20 governments to commit to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2020. The statement comes ahead of this week’s meeting of the G20 energy ministers, including from Germany, the UK, France and Italy and the EU Commissioner for Climate Action discussing investments in sustainable energy.

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  • 27.06.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe signed on to the following NGO letter to call on the G20 countires to implement a fossil fuel subsidy phase out.

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  • 22.06.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    The infographic was developed by WWF ahead of the Council meeting in June 2016 to highlight the five most urgent fixes that the ETS needs.

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  • 20.06.2016 | Press Releases
    Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) after 2020 today acknowledged that the Paris Agreement created new conditions for this process, and called for ensuring that a review of the level of ambition in the ETS takes place in the near future.

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  • 17.06.2016 | Op-eds
    Environment Council meeting on Monday should be used to demand deeper reform, or risk locking in low ambition for 15 years

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  • 16.06.2016 | Op-eds
    CAN Europe chief responds to comments by European Parliament's lead ETS reform rapporteur Ian Duncan.

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  • 14.06.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Environment Ministers ahead of the June 2016 Envi Council meeting

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  • 10.06.2016 | Press Releases
    The proposal for ratification of the Paris Agreement published today by the European Commission ahead of original schedule reflects growing political will to secure a rapid ratification of the landmark Agreement in the EU.

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  • 09.06.2016 | Blogs
    Some market fundamentalists make that a simple price on carbon (ie an ETS) can fix everything. This is simply wrong, has been proven wrong by many studies and it will remain wrong no matter how often this myth is repeated.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    The success of the ETS revision hinges on its ability to make the polluter pay, rather than paying the polluter. Handing out free pollution permits contradicts the EU Treaty principle that polluters should pay.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external Turkey climate & energy resources. For all Turkey climate & energy related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external South East Europe climate and energy resources. For all South East Europe climate and energyrelated CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external climate finance & sustainable development resources. For all climate finance & sustainable development related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external renewable energy resources. For all renewable energy related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external climate & energy targets resources. For all climate & energy targets related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Most of the new coal plants under construction or recently commissioned were given their construction permits before 2008. Since then, a majority of plans to build new coal power stations have in fact been shelved.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    The EU 28 is still heavily reliant on coal. In 2013, the share of electricity from hard coal and lignite was at 26% (Source: EEA), produced in the region’s 280 operational coal power stations.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
      Here you find a range of useful resources with data on fossil fuel subsidies. For all shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidy related CAN Europe publications, go here, and for full list of NGO reports and publications go here.   

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external LULUCF resources. For all LULUCF related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external ESD resources. For all ESD related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external ETS resources. For all ETS related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external coal resources. For all coal related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 02.06.2016 | Op-eds
    Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme urgently needs to be reformed and now is the last chance to do so. It is also a chance for the Parliament to show it is serious about COP21. The current draft fails in this regard, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 31.05.2016 | Press Releases
    Member of the European Parliament in charge of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reform file for the Parliament’s Environment Committee, Ian Duncan has just released his draft proposal for the reform of the ETS after 2020.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe commissioned a study that looked at carbon leakage claims in the cement sector and found evidence that emissions increased because of free allocation.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 stresses the importance of strong national targets that are agreed well in advance of the first Paris review in 2018

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  • 28.05.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Letter to ensure that the 2030 Effort Sharing Decision, the EU's largest climate instrument, is fit for purpose.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides an overview of CAN Europe's position for the post 2020 ETS reforms.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Blogs
      The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the world’s largest carbon market, covering more than 11 000 industrial and power plants in the EU-28, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EU ETS covers about 40% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 26.05.2016 | Blogs
    On 24th May, the Members of the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee restated the Parliament’s long-standing call for boosting ambition of the EU 2030 energy savings target to 40%, voting for an own initiative report on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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  • 23.05.2016 | Blogs
    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.

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  • 23.05.2016 | Blogs
    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.

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  • 21.05.2016 | Blogs
    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.

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  • 21.05.2016 | Blogs
    The Energy Community is an intergovernmental organization dealing with energy policy in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region.

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  • 21.05.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on market-based measures to reduce the climate change impact from international aviation.

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  • 09.05.2016 | Blogs
    The Paris Agreement requires the EU to speed up the ongoing transition away from polluting fossil fuels and towards 100% renewables. The goals of the Agreement to achieve a carbon free economy fast enough to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree C mean vast new opportunities for jobs and competitiveness, but also some challenges in terms of ensuring the sustainability of the energy systems.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation a sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Energy Union was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the Energy Union and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on Energy Efficiency Directive was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on Energy Efficiency Directive and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on coal phase out was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on coal phase out and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on LULUCF and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Multi-annual Financial Framework was developed in autumn 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the Multi-annual Financial Framework and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was struck in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on national targets for non-ETS emissions was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on national targets for non-ETS emissions and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the renewables directive was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the renewables directive and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the review of the 2030 target was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the review of the 2030 target and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the low-carbon roadmap was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the low-carbon roadmap and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the European Semester was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the European Semester and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on South East Europe was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on South East Europe and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on vehicle efficiency standards was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on vehicle efficiency standards and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Financial Transaction Tax was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the Financial Transaction Tax and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Effort Sharing Decision was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on Effort Sharing Decision and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the ETS was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the ETS and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The following briefings were developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on EU climate and energy policy topics and their relevance after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 28.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides an overview of CAN Europe's position for the post 2020 ETS reforms.

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  • 27.04.2016 | Blogs
    The EU Court of Justice finds that the cap on free allowances might have been set too high by the Commission. Allowances will need to be recalculated in the next 10 months.

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  • 26.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides an overview oincreasing the EU's climate and energy ambition

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  • 26.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 presents the reasons why a timely decision on the national targets for the non-ETS sectors is vital.

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  • 26.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides a summary of Turkey's lack of climate ambition.

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  • 26.04.2016 | Blogs
    At the Paris Agreement signing ceremony last week, the French President François Hollande announced that France will use Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) to increase its support for climate action in developing countries. It is a praiseworthy commitment, but the necessary funds will only be generated, if countries involved in the FTT negotiations work together to finally establish and operationalise it. Final agreement on the FTT is expected in June. Other countries should follow in France’s footsteps and allocate at least half of the revenues to climate and development.

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  • 21.04.2016 | Op-eds
    To show leadership abroad, the EU must show its credentials through commitment to action. 2016 offers the perfect moment to do this, by pushing through a significant package of climate and energy legislation, write Montserrat Mir, Wendel Trio and Eliot Whittington.

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  • 21.04.2016 | Blogs
    On the basis of an overview of existing scenarios, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 2007, highlighted that in order to keep temperature rise to below 2°C, industrialised countries would need to reduce their emission by 80% to 95% by 2050. The European Member States agreed in 2009 that they would reduce their emission by 80 to 95% by 2050.

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  • 20.04.2016 | Blogs
    Turkey submitted its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC) in September 2015, just a couple of months before hosting the G20 Summit in Antalya.

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  • 20.04.2016 | Blogs
    Many European countries have established targets for 2020 for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for increasing the use of renewable energy or for reducing energy consumption.

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  • 20.04.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The following letter was sent to EU Heads of State and Government.

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  • 19.04.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    With over 60% of EU’s renewable energy coming from bioenergy (only partly subject to sustainability criteria and greenhouse gas accounting), the Renewable Energy Directive has only partially helped achieving the EU’s energy and climate goals. Without appropriate planning and safeguards, some large-scale renewable energy deployment has also caused negative environmental impacts.

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  • 19.04.2016 | Press Releases
    A record number of over 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters on 22 April, keeping up the momentum on climate action. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, calls upon the EU leaders to walk the talk in honouring the Paris Agreement and ensure coherence between the Agreement's objectives and the EU's climate targets.

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  • 13.04.2016 | Press Releases
    Austria's largest electricity provider, Verbund has announced today that it will go fossil fuel free by 2020, speeding up the country’s transition beyond coal.

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  • 13.04.2016 | Op-eds
    At a meeting this week in Washington, fossil fuel subsidies should be prioritised in the discussion, so that renewable energy sources can at last be fully exploited, writes Maeve McLynn.

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  • 13.04.2016 | Blogs
    Each exchange results in a report written jointly by the European and the Chinese exchange participants. See below the list of reports from the 2015 exchange.

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  • 05.04.2016 | Press Releases
    ...as Langerlo power station burns last tons of coal. The last tons of coal were burned in the Langerlo power plant last week, on 30th March, marking the end of an era for coal power in Belgium. Belgium follows other countries in cutting out coal power, adding to an increasingly bleak outlook for the coal industry.

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  • 25.03.2016 | Blogs
    Agenda 2030, agreed in 2015 at the UN General Assembly, has anchored a set of 17 goals and associated 169 targets that will act as the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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  • 25.03.2016 | Blogs
      Climate Finance A key piece to the climate and sustainable development puzzle is the role of international financial support and means of implementation, which are needed to address climate crises. As the number of challenges posed by climate change grow, so must the level of support which is going to the people who are impacted.

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  • 25.03.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe ETS reform position for post-2020 contains detailed recommendations on the following topics:

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    Local communities who live in the regions where there are existing and planned new coal power plant projects face serious risks. These risks include chronic respiratory diseases, water and soil contamination, being dependent on unsustainable and insecure jobs in coal infrastructures, displacement, losing high quality arable lands to coal. Local communities under coal risks resist to projects in their regions. Witness some of the resistance stories below.

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    The Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EC) was adopted and entered into force in 2012. In addition to EU 2020 energy savings target of 20%, it includes EU-wide provisions related to energy efficiency measures, such as:

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    In July 2014,  the Commission put forward a proposal for an indicative 30% energy savings target for 2030. In October 2014, the European Council agreed on an indicative energy efficiency target of at least 27%, which will be reviewed by 2020 “having in mind an EU level of 30%”.

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    The European Union has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 20% compared to the EU energy consumption projections in 2020. This was laid down in the second Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (EEAP) in October 2006 and was agreed by EU Heads of State and Government in March 2007. The energy savings target is not binding, unlike the two other targets the EU has set for 2020, on the share of renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      The EU China Exchange is a program of the Stiftung Asienhaus organized in cooperation with CAN Europe, the Chinese Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), CAN China supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator.  The EU-China exchange programme is an important part of the international work of CAN Europe. By bringing European and Chinese NGOs together we encourage NGO partnerships and improve understanding of how people look at climate change and low-carbon development in different parts of the world. This is done through two 4-8 weeks exchanges during which the organisations work on a joint project.  During the exchange program we organise two workshops (one in China and one in Europe) where all the participants come together to network and discuss their projects and experiences. The workshops are also used to provide input from local experts on issues such as the European and Chinese political systems and how different governmental institutions...

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      Burning coal is one of the main drivers of climate change because coal is one of the most greenhouse gas intensive fuels (see for example here). Despite this over 40% of world electricity is still generated from coal. Globally, coal causes over 12 Giga tons of CO2 per year and accounts for about 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, 18% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions came from burning coal. Coal’s overall human and ecological toll is truly staggering. Mining and burning coal causes sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, dust particles and mercury emissions and contaminates soil, air and water, see Report: Europe's Dark Cloud. For example, the total cost of coal use on Chinese society has been estimated at more than 7% of GDP, considering that ecological and health costs are included. But the good news is: We do not need coal. We have affordable renewable energy. We can save energy. We can use energy more wisely (e.g. by demand-side management). And we are...

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      With the highest carbon content of all the fossil fuels, burning coal contributes to high greenhouse gas emissions and is thus one of the main drivers of climate change. In 2016, 25 coal power plants are in operation in Turkey, and around 70 new coal power plants are planned in line with the country’s 2023 energy vision.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      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.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      The Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector in the EU as a whole is a net sink, removing about 350 Mt of CO2 every year. However, this sink is projected to decrease. The legislative proposal for post-2020 is unambitious and includes loopholes

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      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.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
      Setting targets is an important policy instrument that has proven to drive progress in achieving specific objectives. Most countries in the world have greenhouse gas emission reduction targets or specific objectives for the development of renewable energy and/or for reducing energy consumption. The EU and most other European countries have set such targets both for 2020 and for 2030. The EU has agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, and by at least 40% by 2030. In addition, the EU also has targets for renewable energy and energy savings of 20% by 2020 and at least 27% by 2030. The EU is on track to significantly overshoot its 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, possible even reaching -30% by 2020. Nevertheless several EU Member States are not on track to achieve their national targets for emissions in the non-ETS sectors. The same can be said for the needed efforts to achieve the binding Renewable Energy and non-binding Energy Efficiency targets. The...

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  • 16.03.2016 | Reports & Briefs
      Every year CAN Europe publishes its Annual Report:

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  • 16.03.2016 | Blogs
      The Energy Union framework European leaders endorsed the European Commission’s proposal for an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy in 2015, based on “five mutually-reinforcing and closely interrelated dimensions”: Energy security; A fully integrated energy market; Moderating energy demand; Decarbonising the economy; and Research & innovation. The Energy Union also provides a framework for cooperation with countries beyond the EU, particularly in South East Europe. The Energy Union strategy could set a transformative agenda for the zero-carbon transition by 2050 at the latest. However, the proposals lack a clear and coherent vision for moving away from fossil fuels, putting long term climate targets at risk. The Energy Union also provides opportunities for improvements in climate and energy governance. First, it should allow Member States to identify the best ways to ensure that the EU-wide renewable energy and energy efficiency targets for

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  • 09.03.2016 | Op-eds
    The countries from Southeastern Europe have the potential to achieve much more emission reductions compared to what they have put on the table in Paris.

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  • 07.03.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    The gap between the need for adaptation and loss and damage finance, and the current finance provided or committed is large and growing. This briefing paper identifies a number of potential new sources of climate finance. Some of these “new” sources of finance have been under discussion for a number of years, including by the High Level Advisory Group on Finance, the Leading Group on Innovative Finance and others.

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  • 04.03.2016 | Press Releases
    Many EU Environment Ministers discussing implications of the Paris Agreement for EU climate and energy policies today aacknowledged that the EU must ramp up its climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement signed last year.

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  • 01.03.2016 | Press Releases
    Today a major new coalition of businesses, cities, trade unions and NGOs, are calling on EU leaders to act on the Paris Agreement and ensure that EU climate policies are coherent with its goals.

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  • 01.03.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The following letter was sent to EU Heads of State and Government, Climate and Environment Ministers, the European Commission and the European Parliament Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition.

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  • 17.02.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe's CAN ETS reform priorities after Paris includes the following main points:

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  • 29.01.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe, the EEB, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF released a joint NGOs response on the Energy Efficiency Directive Review consultation.

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  • 29.01.2016 | Press Releases
    In a submission to the public consultation that marks the first step towards the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), Climate Action Network Europe urges the European Commission to make a pitch for increasing the 2030 energy savings target to 40%. It also advocates for eliminating the accounting tricks written into the Directive, which allow national governments to lower the level of required savings by almost a half.

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  • 23.01.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    Civil Society Organisation's assessment on the Progress of Serbia of Chapter 27 - Environment and Climate Change, for 2015. The report lays out the main developments in environmental and climate policy in Serbia, analyses challenges and provides recommendations on how to move forward. 

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  • 03.01.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The Paris Agreement will not solve the climate crisis single-handedly, but it is so far the most important step the world has taken to tackle it. It signals an end to fossil fuels and a shift to 100% renewables. It creates firm foundations for more ambitious climate policies all over the world.

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  • 14.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    Towards a resilient Energy Union with a forward looking Climate Change policy. This paper is intended to present some initial NGO views on the issue.

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  • 12.12.2015 | Press Releases
    The new global climate agreement that has been finalized in Paris today sends a strong signal that we need to accelerate phasing out the use of fossil fuels. Lots of work remains to be done to increase climate action in the short term.

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  • 10.12.2015 | Press Releases
    As the 196 countries have entered the final stretch of the Paris climate talks today, the EU received the fossil of the day award from Climate Action Network. The award seeks to encourage EU leaders to walk the talk and push for the strongest climate agreement possible.

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  • 10.12.2015 | Blogs
    It is crunch time at COP21! Watch this short video with members of the CAN Europe team on the latest state of play of the negotiations. 

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  • 09.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    If we want to have a likely chance to stay below 2°, and preserve the possibility to stay below 1.5°, as agreed in Cancun, we need to phase out all fossil fuels by 2050. However, fossil fuel subsidies are a major obstacle to full decarbonisation. Despite the enormous threat climate change poses, countries keep subsidizing fossil fuels to the tune of USD 600-1000 billion a year.

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  • 08.12.2015 | Blogs
    Overheard in Paris: “I’m a bit caught up with a very complex ratchet mechanism. While this sounds unfortunately like an instrument of torture, the inclusion of an ‘ambition mechanism’ to progressively ‘ratchet up’ national targets has become a core test of the strength of the Paris Agreement. But through the somewhat-tortuous process of translating political will into legal text, will it fall foul of the guillotine as ministers and negotiators chop down the text in Paris this week?" 

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  • 07.12.2015 | Press Releases
    The millennium started with a lost decade in terms of climate protection and, as indicated in the eleventh edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), global emissions were still growing in 2013. For 2014, there are signs of a slowdown or even a halt of this trend.

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  • 07.12.2015 | Press Releases
    Rules for implementation of the Financial Transaction Tax, which are expected to be agreed upon by 11 EU Member States on the 7th or 8th of December, can open up a new and additional source of public climate finance. This would give a strong signal to developing countries that actions are taken to continue to increase public climate finance in a predictable way and thus smooth the path towards a new climate deal in Paris.

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  • 07.12.2015 | Blogs
    After six days of negotiations at the UN climate summit in Paris, the baton has been handed over to environment ministers who will begin high-level discussions this week. As anticipated, a number of troublesome issues continue to cause concern among Parties and NGOs as they work within the walls of Le Bourget conference centre. Among those issues is climate finance, an infamously controversial topic where the division between developed countries and developing countries is put under the spotlight.

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  • 07.12.2015 | Press Releases
    Early review of INDCs key to success for the Paris negotiations The Ministers attending the high-level segment of the UN climate talks in Paris starting today need to ensure that the Paris agreement does not lock us on a path to catastrophic 3°C warming.

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  • 04.12.2015 | Press Releases
    Europe’s political leaders must dramatically ramp up efforts to phase out polluting coal plants if they are serious about preventing dangerous climate change, a new report shows.

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  • 04.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This report by Greenpeace UK and CAN Europe assesses the impact that the 22 EU member states that still rely on coal power have on Europe’s ability to ensure that climate change is limited to below 2°C.

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  • 03.12.2015 | Press Releases
    Denmark’s government U-Turn on ambitious climate targets earned the country the shameful 1st place Fossil of the Day Award at the Paris climate summit today. The dubious award was handed down to Denmark for stating that it will reduce its ambitious climate targets and nearly halve financial support provided to empower developing countries in their efforts to tackle climate change.

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  • 03.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    New analysis finds fossil fuel subsidies exceed Green Climate Fund support 40 to 1Activists to demonstrate at Paris climate talks, demanding Parties Stop Funding Fossils

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  • 03.12.2015 | Blogs
    After Belgium on Monday, another european country has been awarded for his reluctance to take climate action : Turkey, already famous for being a coal champion.

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  • 30.11.2015 | Press Releases
    Governments from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, united in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) representing countries highly vulnerable to climate change, published today a joint declaration, demanding that the Paris agreement includes a global goal consistent with keeping temperature rise below 1.5°C. They are calling for full decarbonisation and 100% renewable energy production globally by 2050.

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  • 30.11.2015 | Press Releases
    On the very first day of the Paris climate summit, Belgium won the shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to Belgium for stumbling on internal divisions, which is blocking its climate action.

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  • 29.11.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing highlights the most important positive steps governments and local authorities are taking to move beyond coal. 

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  • 26.11.2015 | Blogs
        NEW REPORT Phase-Out 2020: Monitoring Europe’s fossil fuel subsidies Click here to view the report     'Public finance in Europe should catalyse the transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewables and fully energy efficient economies'

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  • 25.11.2015 | Op-eds
    Without substantial reform of its Emissions Trading System, Europe cannot seriously claim a leadership role at the international negotiations in and after Paris, writes Anja Kollmuss of Climate Action Network Europe.

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  • 25.11.2015 | Press Releases
    In a joint statement published today, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and EUROCHAMBRES, representing 44 million European citizens and 20 million businesses,  call on the EU to put every effort in the climate negotiations in Paris and ensure the adoption of a comprehensive, inclusive and ambitious climate agreement.

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  • 23.11.2015 | Press Releases
    In less than a week, on November 30th, world leaders will gather in Paris to kick off an intense two-week summit that should result in a new global climate agreement. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe calls upon the EU to drive ambition and fairness in the negotiations to secure a forward-looking, strong and just deal that will accelerate the shift away from dirty energy.

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  • 23.11.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe’s analysis of climate pledges in Southeast Europe.

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  • 18.11.2015 | Press Releases
    The Energy Union package has not lived up to expectations to accelerate a shift to a fossil fuel free economy in the EU so far, according to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. While the project remains a puzzle, the EU needs strong and coherent legislative proposals, expected next year, to stay ahead of the game on climate action.

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  • 16.11.2015 | Press Releases
    G20 leaders failed to show leadership in the ongoing negotiations for a strong climate agreement to be concluded in Paris. The representatives of the richest countries in the world did not make any new commitments to tackle climate finance, phase out fossil fuel subsidies and establish a long term goal for decarbonizing the economy.

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  • 14.11.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    In this briefing, we describe the most important coal subsidy streams in Europe. We also single out the biggest culprits when it comes to state involvement and support, and we explain the (changing) role of the international (financial) institutions in the coal economy.

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  • 13.11.2015 | Presentations & Infographics
    A comparison between the G20's fossil fuel subsidies and adaptation support for developing countries

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  • 12.11.2015 | Press Releases
    Ukraine’s dependence on imported coal has dramatically increased since last year. It results from a steep decline in coal production in the Ukrainian city of Donbass, which followed extensive damage to its mining and transport infrastructure caused by the armed conflict and, eventually, the loss of control over mines to separatists. According to a new report issued today by Heinrich Boell Foundation (Kyiv office), this crisis can be turned into an opportunity for shifting the energy system away from coal.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Press Releases
    The EU position on climate finance for the Paris climate summit was adopted today by the EU Finance Ministers. Unfortunately, it falls short of what is needed to deliver a strong deal in Paris that empowers the world’s poor to cope with the current and future impacts of climate change and to develop in a less polluting way so that their carbon emissions don’t add to the climate change problem.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Blogs
    Climate change is already affecting the world’s poorest people. From cyclones to droughts, to flooding, its impacts could set the clock back and erase the progress that has been made in the global fight against poverty and inequality.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Blogs
    The EU is not fulfilling its commitment to reduce emissions in line with the requirements of science and fairness. There is still a big gap between what it will take to avoid catastrophic climate change and what the EU has put forward in terms of climate action so far.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Blogs
    The current emission reduction pledges that governments have put put forward are inadequate to keep global warming below the 2°C threshold agreed. What is currently on the table will lead to a world that is going to be at least 2.7°C degrees warmer. In such a world, frequent floods and droughts, water and food scarcity, increasing numbers of refugees, conflicts, and irreversible damage to ecosystems, economies and livelihoods will become a daily reality.

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  • 09.11.2015 | Blogs
    All countries have committed to a long term goal of keeping global warming below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. In Paris countries are looking into translating the 2°C target into a more concrete long term goal.

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  • 05.11.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In advance of the ECOFIN Council, Climate Action Network Europe called on the Finance Ministers to guarantee a robustclimate finance package as part of a fair and transformational agreement to be adopted at COP21 in Paris.

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  • 05.11.2015 | Press Releases
    All eyes will be on the EU Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels on November 10th to adopt the EU position on climate finance for the Paris climate summit. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, their commitment to deliver the EU’s fair share of $100 billion of climate finance annually by 2020 and to consistently scale it up after 2020 can be the make or break issue for the Paris climate agreement.

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  • 02.11.2015 | Press Releases
    One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups have criticised the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

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  • 30.10.2015 | Press Releases
    The report assessing countries’ contributions to the Paris climate agreement released today by the UNFCCC sets off alarm bells for all governments to strengthen current, inadequate climate targets before they are put into effect and at latest by 2018.

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  • 28.10.2015 | Blogs
    As part of the dynamic leading up to the Paris Climate Summit, almost all European countries have developed greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030. An overview of these targets can be found here. Some of these target are highly problematic, such as the Turkey's woefully inefficient INDC. All targets including the EU's are insufficient to achieve the objective agree in Paris to aim to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.

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  • 21.10.2015 | Blogs
    Economic stakeholders will continue play a huge role in the energy transition and have a real responsibility. Their (investments) decisions will be crucial in the struggle to tackle climate change. Two thirds of current greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to only 90 companies (mainly active in the fossil fuels sector). Their choices and actions will be crucial to prevent the world from warming up more than two degrees.

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  • 20.10.2015 | Press Releases
    The EEA "Trends and projections in Europe 2015" report, published today, reveals that the EU is overachieving its emission reduction target for 2020 already by 3% in 2014.

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  • 16.10.2015 | Press Releases
    On Friday 16th October the Ministerial Council meeting in Tirana adopted a Roadmap on the future of the Energy Community.[1]

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  • 16.10.2015 | Press Releases
    Will the last five days of negotiations before the Paris Climate Summit bring us closer to saving the climate?

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  • 15.10.2015 | Press Releases
    European leaders meeting in Brussels today for the last European Council before the Paris climate summit in December have missed an opportunity to strengthen the EU’s position for the international climate negotiations.

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  • 15.10.2015 | Op-eds
    The Ministerial Council of the Energy Community – a Treaty between the EU, the Western Balkans, Moldova and Ukraine – is expected to decide on far-reaching reforms this week. According to Dragana Mileusnic of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the Energy Community Treaty has failed to bring progressive climate policies to Southeast Europe. Countries that have signed the Treaty have made practically no effort to live up to its obligations and Brussels has put little pressure on them to do so. The extremely weak pledges made by these countries ahead of the Paris Climate Summit only confirm this picture, says Mileusnic. “If the EU can’t even get its neighbours to clean up, how can it claim climate leadership in the world?”

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  • 14.10.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing describes the coal threat in in Southeastern Europe but will also explain why the many coal projects are doomed to fail – either in the planning stage or when realised.

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  • 14.10.2015 | Press Releases
    The report on the Paris climate summit, adopted today by the European Parliament, calls for a full decarbonization of the global economy by 2050 and an urgent review of the current, weak climate pledges.

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  • 12.10.2015 | Press Releases
    Today Ministers from all over the world gather at the Rabat INDC Forum, jointly organized by the European Commission and the Moroccan government. The Forum aims to assess the adequacy of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the Paris agreement.

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  • 12.10.2015 | Press Releases
    ...but not all that glitters is gold. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the fact that global finance ministers attending the joint World Bank and International Monetary Fund summit in Lima expressed their commitment to scale up climate finance. This is an essential element for a successful global agreement on climate change in Paris.

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  • 10.10.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Environment Ministers

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  • 07.10.2015 | Press Releases
    Turkey could become the new climate bomb in Europe, supported by French government-owned companies. NGOs from across Europe are asking France to end coal projects in Turkey.

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  • 02.10.2015 | Blogs
    With the Paris Climate Summit fast approaching, we hear more and more talk about an energy transition towards a 100% renewable energy future and the urgency to phase out fossil fuels and nuclear power. However, do you really know why renewable energy is the only only way forward? Here are the reasons why transitioning to renewable energy is not only desirable but absolutely necessary.

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  • 30.09.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission to the European Commission’s Consultation on new Energy Market Design.

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  • 29.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Countries of Southeast Europe (SEE) waste much more energy than the members of the European Union, according to a new report published today by a group of civil society organizations from across the region [1].

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  • 28.09.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on a EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage. 

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  • 25.09.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe warns: they may fail to deliver without successful climate deal in Paris.

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  • 18.09.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe calls for scaling up EU climate action ahead of the Paris climate summit The EU’s negotiating position for the global climate talks in Paris in December, adopted by its Environment Ministers today, calls for climate neutrality - a full phase out of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it falls short of providing details on the EU’s contribution to achieve this.

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  • 18.09.2015 | Blogs
    CAN Europe calls for scaling up EU climate action ahead of the Paris climate summit The EU’s negotiating position for the global climate talks in Paris in December, adopted by its Environment Ministers today, calls for climate neutrality - a full phase out of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it falls short of providing details on the EU’s contribution to achieve this.

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  • 17.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Call for 100% renewables for people and climate ahead of Paris talks

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  • 17.09.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Ahead of the UN Summit in New York 25-27 of September 2015, European Civil Society Organisations working on both international and domestic EU policies across a variety of sectors ranging from Youth, Sustainability, Social Justice, Fair Trade, International cooperation, Health, Culture, Environment, Gender Equality, Migration, Climate Change, Local Democracy, Human Rights and Media Development, wrote to the Vice-President of the European Commission to call for the EU to match the ambition of Agenda 2030 with a clear EU implementation strategy, which reflects the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries.

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  • 16.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Today’s meeting of Pope Francis with EU Environmental Ministers in the Vatican comes at a crucial moment, just two days before an extra Environment Council where EU Member States will adopt the EU’s position for the Paris climate summit in December.

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  • 15.09.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The EU’s carbon budget for the period 2021-2030 can vary by a staggering 6 billion tonnes. This gap is the result of important policy decisions that have been postponed for after the Paris climate summit, reveals new research by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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  • 10.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Despite its claim of being a leader in the fight against climate change, the European Union still has around 280 coal power plants, operating in 22 different EU member states. The majority of these plants are more than 30 years old, meaning they are inefficient, polluting and outdated. Burning coal caused 17% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union in 2014. Still, European countries continue to invest tens of billions into the ailing industry.

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  • 03.09.2015 | Press Releases
    The four EU Member States that are part of the G20 have spent nearly three times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as on climate finance. The EU, also a member of the G20, has spent six times as much on subsidizing fossil fuels as it has on climate finance.

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  • 03.09.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The four EU Member States that are part of the G20 have spent nearly three times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as on climate finance. The EU, also a member of the G20, has spent six times as much on subsidizing fossil fuels as it has on climate finance.

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  • 27.08.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This report by CAN Europe the implications of the Energy Union Framework for the Western Balkans and proposes improvements to the existing cooperation tools between the EU and its friends in the immediate neighbourhood. We look at the Energy Community, the EU accession negotiation, the Berlin Process and the COP21.

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  • 26.08.2015 | Press Releases
    During today’s Western Balkans Summit taking place in Vienna, representatives of the European Commission, including Maroš Šefčovič, Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn will be looking for means to revive the stalled EU accession talks with the countries of the Western Balkans. In a report published today, Climate Action Network Europe argues that they should use the framework of the Energy Union to advance integration in the field of energy and thus bring dirty energy systems of the Western Balkans closer to the EU standards. So far the Commission has missed important opportunities to stop new, highly polluting coal investments in the region.

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  • 24.07.2015 | Op-eds
    In the aftermath of a disappointing Financing for Development summit in Addis Ababa, this opinion piece from Climate Action Network outlines what needs to be done on climate finance

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  • 22.07.2015 | Blogs
    Dear CAN Europe Members, Many of you have reported that our emails end up in your spam folder. This problem seems to occur especially if you/your organisation uses gmail. Below instructions on how to change the settings in your email account to ensure you receive our mail! Please use these instruction irrespective of if you use Outlook, Thunderbird or use online gmail: 1. Go to gmail.com and log into your email account.   2. On the right side click on the little wheel and choose “settings” 3. Chose “Filters and Blocked Addresses” and then Click “Create a new filter” 4. Put climnet.org into the “from” field. Click “create filter with this search”   5. Select “Never Send it to Spam.”  

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  • 17.07.2015 | Op-eds
    Climate action needs to be enshrined in the global fight against poverty and inequality. but the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa failed to build strong momentum towards fossil fuel-free economies and climate resilience, argues Maeve McLynn.

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  • 16.07.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent a first letter to members of the Environmental (ENVI) and Industry (ITRE) committees of the European Parliament to start our lobbying efforts on the ETS post 2020 reform: 

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  • 14.07.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe: This ETS reform cares less about saving the climate than about protecting industry.

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  • 08.07.2015 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament adopted the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), which will temporarily remove some of the gigantic surplus of pollution permits in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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  • 03.07.2015 | Op-eds
    The reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme is an opportunity for the EU to restore its climate action leadership, argue six climate and development NGOs. 

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  • 01.07.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Preditend Juncker and the College of Commissioners

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  • 22.06.2015 | Blogs
    As the UNFCCC negotiations wrapped up at the newly finished World Conference Centre in Bonn, there was a feeling of slow and fractional progress towards the climate summit in Paris.

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  • 20.06.2015 | CAN Europe Positions
    To secure a strong outcome in Paris that facilitates ambitious climate action on the ground, a key pillar will be a “finance package” that covers both the pre- and the post-2020 period. Developed countries will have to demonstrate how they are meeting past promises (in particular the $100bn target). For the period after 2020, strong provisions on finance in the Paris Agreement are needed to enable developing countries to enhance their ambition beyond what they can do on their own, laying out the mitigation potential that could be unlocked with scaled-up financial resources. Also, developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable countries, will require increasing amounts of financial support to adapt to a changing climate and cope with the impacts. This submission outlines the Climate Action Network’s view on the main elements of this finance package for Paris.

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  • 17.06.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    This CAN Europe submission summarized the key asks necessary to ensure the non-ETS targets are met with real reductions.

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  • 17.06.2015 | Op-eds
    The Commission is organising a huge conference on decarbonising European transport this week, but remains unwilling to discuss government support for fossil fuels, writes Wendel Trio. 

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  • 16.06.2015 | Op-eds
    Binding national targets have been key to the successful development of renewable energy in the European Union so far, writes Jean-François Fauconnier.

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  • 15.06.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on how to treat land-based emissions in the 2030 target.

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  • 15.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations The European Council’s guidance from last year for 2030 targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency falls far short of the EU’s potentials. Without tapping those potentials, the EU will miss out on major benefits for the economy, employment, energy security and climate action. Ending the historic bias towards fossil fuels requires higher ambition on energy efficiency and renewables.

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  • 14.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Europe must translate renewable energy ambition into law to maintain leadership Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Greenpeace and WWF today called on the European Commission to propose a strong set of policies to ensure all countries contribute to delivering and surpassing the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target.

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  • 11.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Today Serbia has announced its contribution to the Paris climate agreement. The emission reduction the country is planning to achieve are far below the EU’s target. According to Climate Action Network Europe, this undermines prospects of Serbia’s EU accession.

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  • 10.06.2015 | Op-eds
    A year ago devastating floods in Serbia exposed the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Until then the imperative to reduce harmful emissions of carbon was absent from the public debate and plans to develop the energy system largely based on coal. Will Serbian officials connect the dots and set ambitious climate goals as part of Serbia’s contribution to the Paris climate agreement expected to be announced this week?

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  • 08.06.2015 | Press Releases
    EU Energy Ministers meeting in Brussels today recognised “indigenous resources” – codename for nuclear, shale gas and coal – as one of the key drivers of European energy security. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, it is high time for the Ministers to take their pick and clearly acknowledge that the EU's energy dependency can only be tackled in a safe and sustainable manner through energy efficiency and renewables.

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  • 08.06.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe is asking for more ambition in the fight against climate change and a 100% renewables target by 2050.

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  • 04.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Climate and energy issues are on the agenda of the upcoming G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany. Chancellor Merkel has reserved the Monday morning (8 June from 0900 to 1030) for discussing the topics, as climate change is one of the key agenda items for her G7 Presidency. In particular, Merkel wants the G7 to contribute to the international climate negotiations in the run up to the UN climate summit in Paris, in December 2015.

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  • 02.06.2015 | Press Releases
    With Japan's cabinet agreeing on its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution today, now all G7 countries have announced their commitments to the Paris climate agreement to be signed at the end of the year. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe's analysis reveals that these commitments will in 2025 deliver only 19% of emission reductions in comparison to 1990. This is well below the 25%-40% reduction range that rich countries needed to commit to for 2020, if the world is to stay below 2°C increase of temperature and prevent a catastrophic change of the climate.

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  • 21.05.2015 | Press Releases
    New analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings (of which CAN Europe is a member) of national reports on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) reveals that central governments have not shown leadership in ending the waste of energy in their own buildings.

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  • 19.05.2015 | Op-eds
    This Op-Ed was published on Energetika.net on 19.5.2015 (behind paywall)

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  • 19.05.2015 | Press Releases
    In contrast, in Europe employment in renewable energy sector has declined On 19 May, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released the 2015 edition of its Renewable Energy Jobs Review. The report shows that the number of people employed by the renewable energy industry increased by 18% and more than one million worldwide in the last year, reaching 7.7 million jobs. In sharp contrast, according to the IRENA report, renewable energy employment in the European Union has declined.

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  • 06.05.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The aim of this paper is to highlight both the importance and the potential of the Finance for sustainable Development (FFsD) process in advancing global efforts to tackle climate change. At present, FFsD does not specifically address climate change among or through the issues and mechanisms that are being discussed within the process – namely international public finance, domestic resource mobilisation (tax and private capital), international private finance, trade, and debt and systemic issues that form the Monterrey Consensus on FFD at the basis of the Addis Ababa Accord.

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  • 06.05.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The current discussion around the Energy Union represents a golden opportunity to set up and implement a true EU heating and cooling policy in line with long term climate and energy goals, and based on energy efficiency and the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

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  • 24.04.2015 | Op-eds
    EU accession for Western Balkans countries must go hand in hand with environmental and climate action.

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  • 01.04.2015 | Press Releases
    Last month the President of Poland signed the new Renewable Energy Act, which will, among others, grant support for renewable power production in microinstallations. Owners of the smallest RES installations up to 10kW will benefit from fixed feed-in tariffs (FiTs).

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  • 31.03.2015 | Press Releases
    The US contribution to the Paris climate agreement, filed within the agreed deadline today, should provide impetus for global efforts to tackle climate change, according to Climate Action Network Europe. CAN Europe stresses that tackling climate crisis requires more ambition. The new report from the NewClimate Institute shows beyond doubt considerable additional benefits of scaling up climate action.

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