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  • 13.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Today EU heads of state and government meeting at a European Council had a discussion on the timing, but less on the content of the next long-term EU budget. In the context of COP24 in Katowice, all Member States must rapidly step up and agree on a budget that is fully in line with the Paris Agreement, with increased spending on climate action, efficient mechanisms to climate-proof expenditures across all funding programmes, and excluding support for fossil fuels.

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  • 12.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Today at the COP24 climate summit in Katowice, Poland a coalition of countries, including the EU, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, committed to increase their climate targets by 2020. The commitment is a response to the findings of the landmark IPCC 1.5°C report.

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  • 10.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Today Austria won the shameful Fossil of the Day Award from Climate Action Network (CAN) International. Austria was given this dubious award because it is failing as the president of the EU to end subsidies to coal power plants in the current EU electricity market negotiations, while the the bloc underperforms on climate finance for developing countries, which are at the forefront of the worsening impacts of climate change.

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  • 10.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Commenting on the US delegation side event promoting coal at COP24 today, Joanna Flisowska from CAN Europe said:

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  • 09.12.2018 | Press Releases
    The Climate Change Performance Index 2019 (CCPI), published today at the climate summit COP24 by Germanwatch, the NewClimate Institute and Climate Action Network (CAN) shows that three years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, none of the 56 evaluated countries nor the EU are doing enough to achieve the temperature goals agreed in Paris. Countries must urgently increase their targets and scale up action to implement them.

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  • 08.12.2018 | Press Releases
    As the first week of this year’s climate summit COP24 draws to a close, a unique gathering of businesses, investors, local authorities, trade unions and NGOs are calling upon EU Ministers arriving at the COP next week to commit to significantly increase the current EU climate commitments by 2020, in order to secure a successful outcome of the summit.

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  • 07.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Updated on 8 December 2018, 1.30am: Just before Zanna was put on the train back to Vienna, the Polish government recognised its mistake and allowed her to enter Poland. At the moment, we dont have information about the other activists who have been denied entry and/or deported. CAN Europe’s Climate Ambition Project Coordinator, Zanna Vanrenterghem has been denied entry to Poland to attend the UN climate summit COP24. During the last days, Polish authorities have denied entry and/or deported at least 13 members of civil society groups that were due to attend the COP24 climate talks.

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  • 07.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Germany won the shameful Fossil of the Day Award from Climate Action Network (CAN) International today. Germany received this dubious award because it gave up on its national 2020 climate target, failed to quit coal and to support higher 2030 EU climate target, in spite of the alarming IPCC 1.5°C Report.

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  • 06.12.2018 | Press Releases
    EU legislators have once again failed to agree on electricity market rules that would lead to zero-emissions energy systems. Instead, under the Austrian Presidency consent, some Member States are still trying to secure massive subsidies through so-called ‘Capacity mechanisms’ to polluting and uncompetitive coal-fired power plants.

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  • 05.12.2018 | Press Releases
    At the end of a year that has seen an increase in climate-related litigation cases globally, plaintiffs, lawyers and campaigners representing six cases made clear at the UN climate talks in Katowice today that governments can no longer escape from their responsibility to protect the citizens from runaway climate change. In 2018, people around the world kept turning to the courts as politicians failed to deliver anything close to the necessary level of climate change mitigation – and courts increasingly order governments to deliver the urgent cuts in emissions necessary. Judging by the current rate at which these cases are being filed against governments, this is likely to only be tip of the (melting) iceberg in 2019. To watch the press conference: https://unfccc-cop24.streamworld.de/webcast/climate-litigation-2018-how-courts-are-enforcing-e

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  • 04.12.2018 | Press Releases
    The host of this year’s UN climate summit COP24, Poland won the shameful Fossil of the Day Award from Climate Action Network International today. The dubious award was handed down to Poland for promoting coal interests and turning a blind eye to the need to ramp up climate pledges by 2020.

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  • 04.12.2018 | Press Releases
    One day after the EU Commission published its Long-Term Climate Strategy aiming at net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and just a few days before the the COP24 UNFCCC climate negotiations, which just started in Katowice, Poland - the ministers of Western Balkan countries which are parties to the Energy Community Treaty, gathered for the Ministerial Council, the Energy Community’s governing body, to pledge allegiance to the EU’s climate plans.

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  • 04.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Wednesday, 5 December 14:00, Press Conference Room Area F—Theatre at COP 24 Venue in Katowice On Wednesday 5 December, plaintiffs, lawyers and campaigners representing six climate cases around the world will attend the UN climate talks in Katowice to share updates about the legal actions that aim to ensure that national governments deliver the urgent cuts in emissions necessary to avert catastrophic climate change.

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  • 03.12.2018 | Press Releases
    EU leaders of Austria, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain attending the climate summit COP24 have recognized that further climate action is necessary to reach the 1.5°C temperature goal set out in the Paris Agreement.

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  • 02.12.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    More than 25 NGOs working in Turkey released a joint statement urging Turkish decision makers to focus on raising ambition, and reaping the benefits of a low-carbon just transition at COP24.

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  • 30.11.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Through this letter sent to Ministers of Finance we demand that the 10 countries negotiating the world's first regional Financial Transactions Tax do not abandon the talks at a European finance ministers' meeting on December 4th. By walking away from the talks, we could lose out on billions that could go towards climate change and the fight against domestic and international poverty.

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  • 30.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Success requires EU leadership On 2 December, government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 climate summit, where all countries of the world, including all EU Member States, need to commit to adopting higher 2030 climate targets by 2020; agree on the Paris rulebook, which will govern how the landmark agreement will be implemented; and provide adequate support for developing countries. To stay below 1.5°C in line with the landmark IPCC report, the EU needs to commit to significantly increase its 2030 target, even beyond the 55% reduction some Member States and the European Parliament are calling for.

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  • 29.11.2018 | Op-eds
    Progress in the Long Term Strategy for 2050 and at the climate conference in Katowice will be for nothing if European ministers allow disputes over the size of the next EU budget to roadblock important moves towards funding a zero-emissions energy transformation, write Raphael Hanoteaux and Markus Trilling.

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  • 29.11.2018 | Press Releases
    As part of the proceeding of the People’s Climate Case - the case challenging the EU’s 2030 climate target for its insufficiency to protect the citizens and their fundamental rights-, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have submitted their first defence to court. The EU Institutions ask the European General Court to declare the case inadmissible. Now, the European General Court is expected to start a preliminary procedure to decide if the plaintiffs of the People’s Climate Case could have a standing in the court and could be allowed to be heard about their claims.

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  • 28.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The proposal to upgrade the EU’s long-term target to net zero emissions by 2050 included in the draft Long-Term EU Climate Strategy released by the European Commission today is an important step forward, but it is likely not enough to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 27.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Statement from the Board of Climate Action Network Europe, regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct within the management of the Climate Action Network International Secretariat:

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  • 26.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Commission is expected to publish its proposal for a long-term EU climate strategy on Wednesday, 28 November. This proposal will set the stage for negotiations among European governments about how much the EU should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and what action it should take to make sure it achieves the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. The IPCC’s recent report says that the next 12 years are critical to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 23.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Just ahead of the world’s foremost summit on climate change, COP24, 16 European leaders have called upon all countries of the world to commit to review the levels of ambition of their Paris Agreement pledges by 2020, in light of the findings of the IPCC Special Report.

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  • 23.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The Polish Ministry of Energy presented today its draft national energy policy 2040, whose orientation obviously stands in the way of the Paris Agreement as well as EU’s energy targets by 2030. It also turns a blind eye on the ever decreasing costs of renewable technologies, wind power in particular.

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  • 23.11.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing concerns the draft EU Long-Term Strategy. It explains that while setting a net zero by 2050 target would be a clear improvement as compared to the current roadmap, it would likely not be sufficient to meet the EU’s fair share of efforts to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.

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  • 22.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The transport and industry committees of the European Parliament voted today on the future Connecting Europe Facility after 2020. While this EU fund should enable infrastructure that connects Europe’s citizens with clean energy and sustainable transport, MEPs turned a blind eye on the need to exclude fossil fuel subsidies from the fund.

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  • 22.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Today, the Climate Vulnerable Forum - a forum of countries who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change - are holding the first Virtual Climate Summit of Heads of State and Government. Several European leaders are joining the 24-hour event, adding momentum for urgent climate action ahead of COP24.

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  • 20.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Shifting financial flows is crucial to global efforts to combat climate change. The European Commission claims that its proposals for the post-2020 EU budget are in line with the Paris Agreement. However, support for fossil fuels remains in the pipeline of future budget negotiations, as revealed today in the ‘EU Toxic Funding Awards’.

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  • 20.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The Polish electricity grid operator has just published the official preliminary results of the first capacity market auction in Poland to award contracts to power plants from 2021 onwards. Capacity mechanisms, which are supposedly intended to ensure supply in case extra power is needed, are often used as backdoor subsidies for the most uneconomic power plants, which are also the least efficient and most polluting. As such, they are a source of additional profit for the utilities on top of their regular revenues from the actual supply of electricity.

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  • 20.11.2018 | Press Releases
    In a letter to the European Commission sent last week, environment ministers representing 10 EU Member States have called upon the EU’s executive to clearly support a target of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 and propose a higher 2030 target in the draft long-term climate strategy to be published on 28 November.

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  • 20.11.2018 | Press Releases
    European coal companies including RWE, EPH, and PGE, continue to push the cost of dirty energy onto society, with air pollution from their coal plants burdening people across Europe with both health problems and billions in costs, according to modelling detailed in a new report.

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  • 15.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The General Court of the European Union has decided today to annul the European Commission’s decision not to raise objections to the aid scheme establishing a ‘capacity market’ in the United Kingdom. The ruling puts into question many capacity mechanisms in place across Europe, including the Polish capacity market which is based on the UK model.

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  • 14.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament has called today in its plenary session for a larger long-term EU budget than that proposed by the European Commission. They also ask for the share of the EU’s budget dedicated to climate action to increase from 25% to 30%.

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  • 13.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Today, the Luxembourg NGOs -ASTM, Greenpeace, Mouvement Ecologique and natur&ëmwelt- together with Wemove.eu and Climate Action Network Europe, showed their support to the families and young people who are suing the European institutions for their failure to adequately prevent harmful climate impacts by delivering a petition to the plaintiffs of the People’s Climate Case.

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  • 12.11.2018 | Op-eds
    As negotiations on the EU’s new electricity market enter their crucial trialogue phase, the bloc faces a litmus test for the credibility of its climate ambition. With only two trialogues left, the fate of coal subsidies is still not sealed while COP24 is approaching, writes Joanna Flisowska.

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  • 06.11.2018 | Press Releases
    Today at an Economic and Financial Affairs Council, EU ministers discussed their commitments to international climate finance ahead of the climate summit in Katowice (COP 24).

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  • 05.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Commission claims that the next EU budget should tackle common challenges, including climate change. But unless the EU climate-proofs the entire EU budget, it will continue to prop up fossil gas and contribute to global warming. The ‘EU Toxic Funding Awards’, launched today, unveil the worst EU funding proposals currently in the pipeline of the future budget negotiations.

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  • 02.11.2018 | Press Releases
    The real price we all pay for Turkey’s coal is too high, shows CAN Europe’s new study “The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla”. The research is a case study on one of the country’s oldest coal power infrastructures with numerous lignite mines and three coal-fired power plants in Muğla city. The outcomes of the research demonstrate the urgency with which plans for the expansion of coal mines in the region must be abandoned, and the three plants retired instead of getting life extensions.

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  • 02.11.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Ahead of ECOFIN Council of 6 November, this letter calls on EU ministers to adopt an ambitious position on climate finance at the UNFCCC COP24.

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  • 26.10.2018 | Press Releases
    Preliminary estimates published today in the European Environment Agency (EEA)’s annual ‘trends and projections’ assessments show a 0.6% emissions increase in 2017 from 2016. IPCC scientists have made a call for bold and faster climate action to limit global warming to 1.5°C, and the EU must wake up now.

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  • 25.10.2018 | Press Releases
    In today’s vote on the European Parliament’s position on December’s COP24 climate summit, MEPs called for increasing the EU’s 2030 climate target to a 55 percent emission cuts compared to 1990 levels. This would bring European efforts closer to what is required for keeping temperature rise below 1.5oC, in line with the landmark IPCC report published earlier this month.

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  • 18.10.2018 | Press Releases
    In response to the landmark IPCC report on global warming of 1.5°C published last week, 28 EU Heads of State and Government have called upon all countries of the world to commit, at the upcoming COP24 climate summit in Poland, to review the levels of ambition of their Paris Agreement pledges by 2020. The EU now needs to translate this statement into an action plan on how and when its Member States will agree on a new 2030 target, in line with the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 17.10.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Ahead of the trilogue meeting on the Electricity Market Regulation on 18 October 2018, 31 networks and organisations representing citizens from across Europe urge EU ministers to ensure that capacity mechanisms remain a last resort solution and that they no longer subsidise the burning of fossil fuels, coal in particular.

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  • 11.10.2018 | Press Releases
    Despite their unprofitability and their harmful impacts on our climate, environment and health, coal power plants still receive massive public subsidies. This is why more than 115,000 Europeans have signed the petition “Let’s move beyond coal!” to call on EU leaders to stop pouring taxpayers’ money into coal through so-called capacity mechanisms.

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  • 10.10.2018 | Press Releases
    Ahead of the General Affairs Council meeting on 16 October, business associations, think tanks and civil society urge EU ministers to align the next future EU budget with the Paris Agreement and the UN development goals.

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  • 10.10.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This open letter, signed by 101 organisations and sent today to EU ministers of European and Foreign Affairs ahead of the General Affairs Council meeting of 16 October, demands a dramatic improvement of climate action spending in the future EU budget.

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  • 09.10.2018 | Press Releases
    15 EU environment ministers called today for increasing the EU’s climate target to limit warming to 1.5°C. The other ministers did not support such a commitment, turning their backs on the landmark IPCC report published yesterday.

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  • 09.10.2018 | Op-eds
    The plaintiffs of the People's Climate Case published an open letter to the EU Environment Ministers gathering today to discuss the EU climate policies; Their message is simple: The impacts happening to us, as the result of a mere 1C of average temperature increase, is already more than what we can bear. We need #1o5C compatible policies, we need a Europe that protects us!

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  • 08.10.2018 | Press Releases
    In a draft long-term EU climate strategy leaked by the media today, the European Commission proposes three options for the EU’s long-term target: 80% emission reductions by 2050, reaching net zero emissions by 2070 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050. None of these targets reflect the urgency of action to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C enshrined in the IPCC report published earlier today.

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  • 07.10.2018 | Press Releases
    One day ahead of the EU Environment Ministers meeting expected to adopt the EU’s position for the upcoming UN Climate Summit COP24, the world’s leading body of climate scientists gave strong scientific evidence for the need to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C. The new IPCC report, ordered and endorsed by all world’s governments, showed that many of the dire consequences of future warming can be avoided by respecting this limit. It also confirmed that it is still possible, but requires a rapid and far-reaching shift across all sectors of the economy. Audio recording of the press briefing on the IPCC report with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Wendel Trio and Claire Roumet organized by CAN Europe on 8th October 2018 is available here

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  • 04.10.2018 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe members agreed by consensus to regard the Paris Agreement's goal to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C as the only acceptable goal for all policy making and planning aimed at averting dangerous climate change.

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  • 02.10.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    A unique coalition of businesses, associations, investor groups, local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations have called upon EU Environment Ministers to step up Europe's climate commitments.

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  • 01.10.2018 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe, has applied to the European General Court to intervene in the People’s Climate Case – a case in which families and youth have challenged the EU in order to protect their fundamental rights from  the insufficiency of the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target. Through this intervention, CAN Europe aims to increase the pressure on the EU to live up to its Paris Agreement responsibilities.

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  • 24.09.2018 | Press Releases
    Polish utility Enea gave today the green light to build the new coal power plant ‘Ostrołęka C’, despite the unprofitability of the project and protests of environmental groups. Poland plans to use capacity mechanisms to make up for the projected economic loss, a stunning example of why reformed EU capacity mechanisms must stop benefiting dirty and costly forms of energy.

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  • 20.09.2018 | Press Releases
    Today, CAN Europe, has applied to the European General Court to intervene in the People’s Climate Case - a case in which families and youth have challenged the EU in order to protect their fundamental rights from the insufficiency of the EU's 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target. Through this intervention, CAN Europe aims to increase the pressure on the EU to live up to its Paris Agreement responsibilities.

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  • 18.09.2018 | Press Releases
    During a General Affairs Council meeting today, EU ministers exchanged their views on the long term EU budget for the period 2021-2027. While they focussed on the size of future EU funding in view of traditional policies such as the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy and of new priorities like migration, they missed out to address current flaws to ensure a fully climate-friendly budget for the EU.

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  • 12.09.2018 | Press Releases
    Reacting to the State of the European Union speech given by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 10.09.2018 | Press Releases
    Tomorrow’s State of the European Union address is a perfect opportunity for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to reveal the progress so far in the development of the new EU long-term climate strategy. Stating his support for reducing emissions to net zero at the latest by 2050 and keeping temperature rise to 1.5C would be an appropriate and timely response to the unprecedented heat waves and forest fires that we have witnessed over the summer and the multiple calls from non-state actors, Member States and the European Parliament to scale up the EU’s climate action.

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  • 10.09.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    This policy paper identifies the main shortcomings of the current proposals regarding the next long term EU budget for the period 2021-2027 (Multiannual Financial Framework) and makes recommendations to ensure that the EU budget becomes fully climate-friendly.

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  • 07.09.2018 | Presentations & Infographics
    This infographic shows that climate-related extreme weather events already cost Europe dearly. It also shows that the future costs of climate change depend very much on how fast we cut carbon emissions and will be significantly reduced if we keep temperature rise to 1.5C.

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  • 07.09.2018 | Press Releases
    Ahead of the next trilogue on the Electricity Market Design on 11 September, France, UK, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Poland have just issued joint comments on the new rules regarding capacity mechanisms, which stand in stark contradiction to their commitment to fully implement the Paris Agreement.

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  • 13.08.2018 | Press Releases
    In May 2018 families from Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Kenya, Fiji and the Swedish Saami Youth Association Sáminuorra sued the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union for the inadequate climate target for 2030. The lawsuit claims that the Union’s climate target fails to protect their human rights.

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  • 31.07.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Commissioner Mr Arias Cañete The Energy Community, which has brought together the European Union and its neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market, has been at the forefront of the Western Balkan countries' efforts to join the EU ever since it was founded in 2005.

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  • 16.07.2018 | Press Releases
    In a statement released today 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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  • 12.07.2018 | Blogs
      The EU’s current Adaptation Strategy was launched in 2013 with the intention to scale up the European Union’s resilience to the growing impacts of climate change that it is facing.

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  • 12.07.2018 | Blogs
      Through the adoption and ratification of the Paris Agreement, the EU has committed to “limit global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and of pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels."

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  • 10.07.2018 | CAN Europe Positions
    The EU’s current Adaptation Strategy was launched in 2013 with the intention to scale up the European Union’s resilience to the growing impacts of climate change that it is facing.

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  • 05.07.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    In November 2016, the European Commission, as part of the 'Clean Energy for all Europeans' package, published a set of four legislative documents that were meant to set out the structures and rules of a more integrated future energy market, the so-called market design files.

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  • 29.06.2018 | Press Releases
    MEDIA ADVISORY The Polish grid operator PSE conducted the general certification procedure earlier this week, thereby prequalifying electricity producers for capacity mechanism payments. The certification is an obligatory first step and conclusions sum up how much and what kind of capacities can take part in the bidding process for the first capacity payments within the Polish capacity market for the period 2021-2023. Whilst this certification does not spell out electricity producing technologies which will benefit, it does sum up eligible quantities for the payments and indicates proportions between different technologies.

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  • 28.06.2018 | Press Releases
    Member States gathering yesterday at the European Council discussed the next Multiannual Financial Framework, which sets out EU’s spending priorities after 2020. While they committed to reach a deal as soon as possible, they remained silent on how to make the long term EU budget fit for the Paris Agreement.

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  • 25.06.2018 | Press Releases
    Paris-proof coalition expands and pushes for much more climate action Environment Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom meeting in Luxembourg today have called upon the EU to make significant further efforts to fight climate change, over and above the already taken commitments.

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  • 20.06.2018 | Press Releases
    The high-profile Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA), taking place on 20-21 June in Brussels and co-convened by the EU, China and Canada is one of the most important moments for global climate diplomacy this year. The three hosts, together with ministers representing more than 30 other major powers, are expected to advance discussions towards a successful outcome of the next climate summit COP24 in December 2018 in Poland.

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  • 20.06.2018 | Op-eds
    The EU and China have to live up to their responsibilities on climate change and use every opportunity to support the Western Balkans and Turkey to move beyond coal. This means renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, not new coal, argue Elif Gündüzyeli and Igor Kalaba.

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  • 20.06.2018 | Press Releases
    After reaching yesterday a deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), early this morning the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed also on the new Governance Regulation for the period 2021-2030. Like the 2030 renewable energy target, the agreed 2030 target for energy efficiency of 32,5% and the agreed rules for how to ensure the targets are met fall short of what is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 18.06.2018 | Blogs
    On this page you can find infographics produced by CAN Europe on how the EU budget can serve higher climate ambition.

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  • 18.06.2018 | Blogs
    Here you can find all reports, briefs and position papers published by CAN Europe on the EU Budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework.

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  • 18.06.2018 | Blogs
    Below we collect all press releases published by CAN Europe on the EU Budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework.

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  • 17.06.2018 | Press Releases
    The vast majority of European countries are missing the mark and failing to increase our chances of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Too few of them are advocating for ambitious climate and energy targets and policies, and too many are lagging behind in reducing carbon emissions at the level needed to implement the Paris Agreement. That is according to a new ranking published today by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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  • 17.06.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    The aim of this publication is to examine which EU Member States are willing to increase their climate action and tackle the gap between the goals of the Paris Agreement and current greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts in the EU.

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  • 14.06.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Commission published today its proposal for financing international development and neighbourhood cooperation after 2020. The proposed instrument falls short of meeting the climate finance needs of the EU’s partner countries, while failing to guarantee that EU financing for international action is fully climate proof and compatible with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 14.06.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached a final agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021-2030. The EU agreed to increase its 2030 renewable energy target, but the level of ambition of the revised directive still falls way short of what is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 12.06.2018 | Press Releases
    Today a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, and civil society groups, standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition, are calling upon EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon Europe and thus limit climate impacts and allow for improvements to public health, greater competitiveness for businesses, and an increase in good quality jobs.

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  • 12.06.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    A unique coalition of businesses, associations, investor groups, local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations have called upon EU Heads of State and Government to step up Europe's climate commitments.

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  • 11.06.2018 | Press Releases
    Today, EU energy ministers gathered in Luxembourg to discuss the state of play of the revision of three key files of the Clean Energy Package: the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Governance Regulation.

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  • 11.06.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    The Paris Agreement calls upon all its signatories to communicate “long term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies” by 2020, which is the same deadline for when countries will have to re-submit their short term climate targets (NDCs).

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  • 08.06.2018 | Press Releases
    MEDIA ADVISORY Today and tomorrow the leaders of the world’s most industrialised countries will meet at the G7 summit hosted by Canada. The summit is expected to discuss a range of global issues and it will be an important moment to signal stronger climate action, despite the “stress test” imposed by the US leader over trade and climate change.

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  • 06.06.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Commission published today its legislative proposals on EU’s main infrastructure investment funds for the period after 2020: InvestEU and Connecting Europe Facility (1). The regulations recognise the low-carbon energy transition as an important objective, but miss out on fundamental pillars for success: ensuring sufficient climate action funding and excluding all fossil fuels from EU funds.

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  • 04.06.2018 | Press Releases
    EU countries must step up to implement gender-responsive climate change policies, says a group of civil society organizations on the occasion of the European Development Days and World Environment Day.

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  • 31.05.2018 | Press Releases
    Today, the European Parliament, Council and Commission negotiated the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020. The proposal by the Council to set a 30-31% or 32-33% renewable energy target for 2030, which will be assessed by MEPs over the next week, falls well short of what is needed to implement the Paris Agreement.

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  • 28.05.2018 | Press Releases
    The European Commission published today its legislative proposals on Cohesion Policy post 2020 (1). The draft regulations recognise the low-carbon energy transition as an important objective that Cohesion Policy should serve.

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  • 24.05.2018 | Press Releases
    Families from Europe and outside are taking the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to the European General Court for allowing high level of emissions until 2030 and failing to protect the citizens with the existing inadequate 2030 climate target.

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  • 23.05.2018 | Press Releases
    Recent commitments to increase EU funds for climate action are at risk of being weakened, according to a leaked draft of the European Commission’s regulation on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund (1).

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  • 22.05.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    EU Member States are, through the new ‘Governance of the Energy Union Regulation’, required to develop ten year Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).  With the word ‘integrated’, the NECPs present a new regime in EU Climate and Energy Policy making. The European Union’s credibility in the international climate policy arena depends heavily on its capacity to make a coherent contribution. However, the current EU climate and energy policy regime is not driving transformative change. This biefing paper presents our proposals to improve the current NECPs. Download our briefing here: Briefing Paper: How National Energy and Climate Plans can set Paris in motion in every country (May 2018)

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  • 17.05.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing describes the main element of the EC proposal for the EU budget 2021-2027, also called Multiannual Financial Framework, assesses its climate performance and develops recommendations for the upcoming legislative proposals.

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  • 16.05.2018 | Submissions to Consultations
    Late 2017, the European Commission established specific Investment Windows of the Guarantee fund in the European External Investment Plan. This will be the channel through which investments on specific issues and themes will be made. Together with NGOs, CAN Europe has developed and provided analysis and recommendations to the EU on how the Investment Windows can deliver on climate and sustainable development objectives.

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  • 02.05.2018 | Press Releases
    Today the European Commission has published its proposal for the post-2020 EU budget, kicking off the political battle over the rules and priorities that will govern EU spending in the period 2021-2027. The Commission has chosen climate action to be one of the top priorities for future EU funding.

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  • 27.04.2018 | Blogs
    In April 2018, CAN Europe member Act Alliance EU has published a report about EU climate finance. The report provides an analysis of climate finance reporting and accounting practice. It also documents how EU institutions, as well as EU member states, allocate their climate support to developing countries. The picture painted is not as bright as we hoped it would be.

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  • 25.04.2018 | Press Releases
    Ministers in charge of climate change of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg meeting in Paris today have called for ensuring that the EU’s climate policies are in line with the Paris Agreement. For that reason, they recognized the need to develop a long term EU climate strategy which will spell out how to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 23.04.2018 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 18.04.2018 | Presentations & Infographics
    In the context of the negotiations concerning the legislative proposals on the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, Member States need to support strong renewable energy and energy efficiency targets for 2030.

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  • 15.04.2018 | Press Releases
    Portugal wins gold in the 2018 European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards, the second edition of a unique contest organised by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. The winners are governments who waste taxpayers’ money on supporting dirty energy. Poland comes second and Spain third.

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  • 12.04.2018 | Press Releases
    During a Council meeting on General Affairs today (1), EU ministers exchanged their views on the spending priorities of the Cohesion Policy after 2020, the EU’s key funding instrument for infrastructure projects all over Europe.

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  • 09.04.2018 | Press Releases
    MEDIA ADVISORY At the upcoming Informal Environment Council on 10-11 April in Bulgaria, EU Ministers of Environment are expected to flesh out the bloc’s contribution to the UN Talanoa Dialogue - a Fijian word meaning an inclusive dialogue. The Talanoa Dialogue is an important international conversation which aims to help countries increase their climate pledges to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 08.04.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    This report shows that energy intensive industry sectors have been among the slowest in the European Union (EU) to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and invest in solutions to decarbonise and maintain technological leadership.

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  • 08.04.2018 | Press Releases
    Energy intensive industries in Europe, such as steel or cement companies, still pocket huge amounts of public money while doing too little to reduce emissions, a report entitled “European Fat Cats”* published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today shows.

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  • 04.04.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The co-signatories of this letter represent a broad group of business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations who are working together to bring strong support to the EU’s commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives.    They have written to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to urge him to ensure that the EU’s future finances are aligned with Europe’s climate objectives and are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals across all programmes.   Open Letter to President Juncker on the Multi Annual Financial Framework

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  • 03.04.2018 | Press Releases
    Brussels, 05 April 2018 Today, a broad group comprised of business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations have urged the President of the European Commission, through a joint open letter, to make the future EU budget fully compatible with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development goals. On 2 May, the European Commission is due to publish its general proposal on the spending priorities of the next EU budget after 2020.

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  • 29.03.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Brussels 29.3.2018 Dear Minister for Environment, At the upcoming Informal Environment Council on 10-11 April in Sofia you have been invited to discuss the European Union’s contribution towards the international climate negotiations and in particular towards the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue.

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  • 29.03.2018 | Op-eds
    Last week, EU leaders sent a clear message to the European Commission to ramp up its work to implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 29.03.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    The UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue opens this year a crucially important window of opportunity to galvanise global urgent action on climate change that must not be wasted. In this paper CAN Europe outlines our recommendations for the European Union for the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue. CAN Europe briefing on the EU and the Talanoa Dialogue

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  • 22.03.2018 | Press Releases
    Today, EU leaders gathered at a European summit on sustainable finance. They recognised the important role the EU budget should play in tackling climate change and boosting the clean energy transition.

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  • 22.03.2018 | Press Releases
    EU Heads of State and Government meeting in Brussels on 22-23 March have called upon the European Commission to urgently develop a draft of a new EU long-term climate strategy. The strategy needs to be ready by early 2019 and clearly lay out what the Paris Agreement commitments mean for the EU.

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  • 19.03.2018 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 14.03.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Subject: 80+ organizations ask EU-Parliament to stop support for fossil fuels Dear Member of the European Parliament, We are writing to you concerning an infrastructure priority list (list of Projects of Common Interest). An objection to the current form of the list will be voted in the next Plenary Session of the European Parliament in March and you will have the opportunity to support this objection.

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  • 14.03.2018 | Press Releases
    Members of the European Parliament today adopted their priorities for the EU budget after 2020*. The position recognises the importance of the EU budget in the fight against climate change, and in the transition towards zero-carbon and climate-resilient economies.

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  • 06.03.2018 | Op-eds
    In January this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the United States unanimously rejected proposals by the Trump administration that would have allowed coal subsidies under the guise of energy “resilience”. This is exactly the principle that should now guide EU legislators, writes Joanna Flisowska.

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  • 05.03.2018 | Submissions to Consultations
    The EU’s current Adaptation Strategy was launched in 2013 with the intention to scale up the European Union’s resilience to the growing impacts of climate change that it is facing. The Strategy is the first attempt to set out EU-wide adaption and climate resilience and it sets a solid precedence for a more collective, coordinated and transboundary approach towards addressing climate impacts in Europe. However, further efforts are needed across Europe to address the challenges posed by a fast-changing climate.

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  • 05.03.2018 | Press Releases
    EU environment ministers gathered in Brussels today at an Environment Council. On this occasion, 14 EU environment and climate ministers who are members of the Green Growth Group released a statement calling for more climate spending and mainstreaming in the future EU budget.

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  • 27.02.2018 | Blogs
    The negotiations on the review of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) enter 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 new law.

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  • 26.02.2018 | Press Releases
    The EU Platform for Coal Regions in Transition was launched by the European Commission in December last year to support Member States and regions as they shift away from coal towards renewable energy, in order to “leave no region behind”. The platform holds its first stakeholders meetings today and tomorrow in Brussels.

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  • 23.02.2018 | Press Releases
    Today EU leaders discussed the future EU budget after 2020 at an informal European Council meeting.

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  • 22.02.2018 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s leading committee on the future EU budget agreed on EU spending priorities for the period 2021-2027. MEPs put future EU funding one step closer to delivering on the EU’s climate action commitments, sending an important signal to EU leaders ahead of an informal European Council which will discuss the future EU budget.

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  • 22.02.2018 | Presentations & Infographics
    How can the next EU budget serve higher climate ambition?

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  • 22.02.2018 | Blogs
    The negotiations on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) enter 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 new law.

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  • 21.02.2018 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee (ITRE) adopted its position on the laws to redesign the EU’s electricity market.

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  • 21.02.2018 | Blogs
    The negotiations of the EU's Energy Union Governance regulation enter 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 new law which should create a framework for the zero-carbon transition in the EU.

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  • 14.02.2018 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 09.02.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    The EU budget can serve the achievement of 2030 climate and energy targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

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  • 07.02.2018 | Press Releases
    Contrary to its own proposal to curb power subsidies with an emissions limit, the European Commission has approved the Polish capacity mechanism that will allow the country to subsidise coal-fired power plants for decades to come. This will severely undermine the EU's ability to implement the Paris Agreement.

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  • 01.02.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers
    1 February 2018 It’s time for more transparency in the EU’s climate and energy planning and modelling Dear President Juncker, cc. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Our organisations represent a broad spectrum of interests in the sustainable transition of the EU’s energy system. We have a common concern about the level of transparency and public participation in the development of pathways that are coherent with the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.  In fact, stakeholder engagement in discussing the foundations, deciding on the modelling parameters and approaches for assessing the impacts of different pathways is crucial to ensure the right choices are made.

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  • 17.01.2018 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament adopted its position on three legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, namely the revisions of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, and the new Governance Regulation, which will guide the EU’s zero-carbon transition in the coming decade and beyond. MEPs raised the ambition of the future clean energy laws, by voting in favour of increasing the EU’s 2030 renewable energy and energy efficiency targets to at least 35 percent and raising its long-term target to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest.

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  • 02.01.2018 | Presentations & Infographics
    During COP 23 in Bonn, Legambiente, Oil Change International and CAN Europe published a number of infographics on fossil fuel subsidies, together with social media posts. 

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  • 18.12.2017 | Press Releases
    Today EU Energy Ministers have adopted their positions on four legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, which will guide the EU’s energy transition in the coming decade and beyond. Turning their backs on the Paris Agreement, the ministers opted for a feeble renewable energy target, lax rules for ensuring that all EU countries contribute to the energy transition and massive coal subsidies in the EU’s power market.

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  • 18.12.2017 | Blogs
    A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 15.12.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    EU governments must step back from irreparably weakening Europe’s biggest climate law, six of Europe’s leading environmental NGOs have said, after talks between member states and the European Parliament ended in deadlock this week. 

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  • 15.12.2017 | Press Releases
    Statement on behalf of Climate Action Network Europe, Carbon Market Watch, European Environmental Bureau, Sandbag, Transport & Environment, and WWF European Policy Office. EU governments must step back from irreparably weakening Europe’s biggest climate law, six of Europe’s leading environmental NGOs have said, after talks between member states and the European Parliament ended in deadlock this week. The proposed Effort Sharing Regulation sets binding national emission reduction targets for the 2021-2030 period, but governments are insistent on loopholes that would actually result in hundreds of millions of tonnes in additional CO2 emissions.

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  • 14.12.2017 | Op-eds
    More than 60,000 premature deaths in Europe could be prevented over the next decade if urgent action is taken on air pollution from Europe’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants, write Dragana Mileusnić and Ioana Ciuta.

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  • 13.12.2017 | Press Releases
    Swift and significant emission cuts by Europe’s top polluters under new rules would boost health and reduce healthcare costs.

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  • 13.12.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers
    For Energy Council on 18 December Brussels, 13 December 2017 Dear Minister, Ahead of Energy Council on Monday 18 December, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe would like to call on you to adopt an ambitious position on the Market Design Initiative, the Renewable Energy Directive, and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation.

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  • 13.12.2017 | Press Releases
    On 18 December, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on four legislative files under the Clean Energy Package, namely those regarding renewable energy, governance and the internal market for electricity. Worryingly, the draft documents for the meeting show that they are stubbornly insisting on an outdated, blatantly unambitious position on the renewable energy target and weak rules for helping countries make energy transition. They are also about to allow massive coal subsidies in the EU power market.

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  • 12.12.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    In this briefing, CAN Europe explains why sticking to a 27% renewable energy target would put the brakes on the energy transition in the EU and why the target needs to be raised to at least 45%.

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  • 12.12.2017 | Press Releases
    While EU leaders are discussing climate finance at the One Planet Summit in Paris, today the European Parliament failed once again to prevent further public investments in fossil fuels. A decision made in the European Parliament turns a blind eye to the Juncker plan’s investments in energy projects which have so far benefited fossil fuels almost as much as renewables, a study shows.

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  • 12.12.2017 | Op-eds
    French President Emmanuel Macron will today welcome over 50 leaders from around the world, two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Leaders and international financial institutions must seize this opportunity to ramp up their ambition and end support for fossil fuels, writes Maeve McLynn.

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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
    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].

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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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  • 28.02.2017 | Reports & Briefs
    The European Commission’s vision for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) should set an ambitious benchmark for the EU’s actions to eradicate poverty and inequality, support people and planet centred development, and strengthen the resilience of societies from global and local challenges, including climate change.

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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 ="EU" align="justify" class="blue"} {tab-sub title="December 2017 - January 2018" align="left"} - The Parliament Magazine (EU): EU must stop subsidising fossil-fuels infrastructure. “The European Fund for Strategic Investments is funding dozens of carbon-intensive projects, at the expense of genuinely sustainable infrastructure, argues Anna Roggenbuck.” - The Guardian (United Kingdom): EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action. “EU funds will be focused on clean energy, and sustainable cities and agriculture, with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also pledging $300m towards climate adaptation.” - Sun and Wind Energy (Germany): EU fails to eliminate fossil fuels from the Juncker Investment Plan. “Markus Trilling at Climate Action Network Europe, said: “We welcome the climate target for EFSI 2.0. But to be in

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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
      'Public finance in Europe should catalyse the transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewables and fully energy efficient economies'  In 2016, the EU and its Member States ratified the Paris Agreement, demonstrating their ambition to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The Paris Agreement stipulates that financial flows need to be made “consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.” The Paris Agreement requires major overhaul of not just climate and energy policies in the EU, but also financial policies and investments to ensure a shift in support away from fossil fuels and instead towards a renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate resilience.  CAN Europe works to ensure public financial flows in Europe are shifted away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. This entails ending fossil fuel subsidies, making...

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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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