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  • 08.11.2019 | Press Releases
    In 2018 the EU provided EUR 21.7 billion in climate finance to developing countries, according to EU Council conclusions adopted today ahead of the UN Climate Summit COP25. 

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  • 31.10.2019 | Press Releases
    Latest climate and energy preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency show that greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in the EU from 2017 to 2018, but that progress in renewable energy share and energy efficiency is clearly too slow.

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  • 30.10.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    The transition to a climate-neutral economy means learning new skills, innovating and implementing new technologies, renewing our infrastructure and cutting dependence on fossil fuels.

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  • 25.10.2019 | Press Releases
    At a pledging conference in Paris today, seven European countries confirmed their commitment to double their previous contributions for the Green Climate Fund replenishment. But some other European governments continue to dodge their responsibility.

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  • 24.10.2019 | Press Releases
    Today EU employment and social policy ministers adopted underwhelming conclusions of ECA’s latest report on the state of play in renewables progress, without committing to concrete actions to revive the boom of renewable energy.

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  • 23.10.2019 | Presentations & Infographics
    This infographic shows European countries' contributions to the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). 

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  • 23.10.2019 | Op-eds
    The commitments made by several European countries to the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are only a modest first step. More countries now need to come forward ahead of the upcoming GCF pledging conference in October.

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  • 17.10.2019 | Press Releases
    According to draft conclusions of the European Council, EU leaders meeting today and tomorrow look forward to a proposal from the European Commission to establish a Just Transition Fund.

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  • 14.10.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    To make the proposed European Green Deal a reality, the EU must agree on an EU budget that supports climate neutrality and uses 40% of its funds to support climate action.

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  • 13.10.2019 | Press Releases
    Media advisory The new president of the European Commission von der Leyen has made the European Green Deal a top priority for the European Union. Her political commitments put a strong emphasis on how EU funds can further support the clean energy transition in line with a more ambitious climate policy. The future EU budget, which will be discussed by EU leaders this week, must translate this ambition into a reality.

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  • 10.10.2019 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament voted today for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a quantum leap in financial efforts in order to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

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  • 08.10.2019 | Press Releases
    During his hearing in the European Parliament today, Commissioner-designate Frans Timmermans, pledged to propose an increase of the EU 2030 climate target to 55% emission cuts. The timing of this proposal however might not allow for Member States' approval well in time before the UN Climate Summit in November 2020, thereby depriving the EU of its global climate leadership role.

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  • 04.10.2019 | Press Releases
    A clear majority of EU Environment Ministers have called for raising the EU 2030 climate target today. Others, representing 10 Members States, have turned a blind eye to numerous calls from climate scientists and millions of people protesting in the streets and prevented the EU from scaling up action to tackle the climate emergency in line with EU citizens’ demands.

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  • 03.10.2019 | Press Releases
    During her hearing in front of the European Parliament today, Kadri Simson, Estonian commissioner-designate for energy focused on the implementation of the current, weak renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. She was however very unclear on the need to raise them in order to contribute to higher climate ambition, and her support for fossil gas shows she still needs to find her way towards the clean energy transition.

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  • 29.09.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    The hearings of Commissioner candidates in front of the European Parliament from 30 September to 8 October will test the climate credentials of the new Commission.

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  • 27.09.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the European Union needs to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. EU funds must support the decarbonization of all sectors by developing zero-carbon processes and products, enable the just transition, establish a genuine circular economy and foster a transition towards sustainable food systems.

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  • 27.09.2019 | Press Releases
    Media briefing on the Commissioner candidates’ tasks and views on climate The hearings of Commissioner candidates in front of the European Parliament from 30 September to 8 October will test the climate credentials of the new Commission.

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  • 26.09.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Minister,We are disappointed that the European Union knowingly missed the opportunity to boost global climate ambition by deciding not to announce an increase of the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

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  • 25.09.2019 | Press Releases
    The new landmark IPCC report on oceans released today shows that oceans are poised to turn into a huge threat to humanity unless we massively scale up emission cuts in line with the goal to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 24.09.2019 | Press Releases
    Today the Energy Council gathering EU energy ministers has discussed the state of play of the draft national energy and climate plans for 2030. Current drafts are still falling short of ambitious climate action, and EU Member States have until the end of the year to bridge current gaps.

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  • 23.09.2019 | Press Releases
    Europe’s political leaders missed a chance to show climate leadership at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York today, by failing to join a group of countries that committed to increase their climate commitments for 2030.

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  • 19.09.2019 | Submissions to Consultations
    With a proposed budget of 100 billion euro from 2021 to 2027, the Horizon Europe framework programme represents the largest collaborative multinational research and innovation investment in Europe and is open to participants worldwide.

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  • 16.09.2019 | Op-eds
    Torn between the cuts caused by Brexit and the investments that the European Green Deal requires, negotiations over the next EU budget after 2020 are getting tough. The EU must not, however, pass on the challenge and use 40% of its funds to support climate action, writes Markus Trilling.

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  • 16.09.2019 | Press Releases
    Global leaders will descend on New York next Monday, 23 September for the much-anticipated UN Secretary General Climate Action Summit. The Summit is a chance for governments to answer the youth’s call for more action to tackle the climate emergency. They must do so by committing to enhance their inadequate 2030 climate targets.

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  • 13.09.2019 | CAN Europe Positions
    Faced with the existential threat of devastating climate change impacts, CAN Europe expects the EU, its institutions and all Member States, to prioritise urgent action addressing the climate emergency with the aim of implementing the Paris Agreement's ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 10.09.2019 | Press Releases
    President-elect Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the structure of the next European Commission today, putting climate policy upfront as a top priority.

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  • 09.09.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    The report reveals that none of the EU countries provide a comprehensive overview of their fossil fuel subsidies nor a concrete plan to phase them out in their draft NECPs, despite having committed to end fossil fuel subsidies ten years ago through the G20.

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  • 08.09.2019 | Press Releases
    Five EU countries are looking to introduce new fossil fuel subsidies by 2030, analysis of the 28 Member States’ draft energy and climate plans has revealed.

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  • 06.09.2019 | Submissions to Consultations
    The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators launched a consultation that CAN Europe responded to.

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  • 18.08.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    Kömür kullanımının yöre halkına, hava, toprak, su ve iklimimize muazzam bedelleri çoğu zaman kolayca gözle görülmüyor ya da ayrı ayrı başlıklar altında ele alınıyor. Bu da genelde, bilerek ya da bilmeyerek, sadece bu durum karşısındaki tavrımızı ve karar alma süreçlerini bulanıklaştırmaya yarıyor.

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  • 07.08.2019 | Press Releases
    The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released today proves beyond doubt that stopping the climate crisis will not be possible without a radical change in our food production and consumption, and a much better protection of forests. To spur a rapid transformation in the land sector, the EU needs to urgently ramp up its 2030 climate target.

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  • 25.07.2019 | Press Releases
    Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe’s new report on “The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla” shows how expanding coal mines and extending the life-span of coal-fired power plants threatens tourism and other sectors as well as the health of local communities and ecosystems. The report calls upon Turkish authorities to embark upon the urgent shift to clean, renewable energy instead, in the face of the worsening climate crisis. Muğla, a popular travel destination on the southwest coast of Turkey, must not be left without a future beyond coal.

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  • 24.07.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    This study pulls together the many pieces of the enormous puzzle often referred to as externalities of coal exploitation, yet another term blurring our appreciation of the entire toll we all pay for continued reliance on coal - in Mugla and elsewhere.

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  • 19.07.2019 | Publication
    Public loans and subsidies vs. clean air and decarbonisation: 

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  • 18.07.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    Coordinated by SDG Watch Europe and launched at the UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs in July 2019, this report shadows the EU's own assessment of its progress on Agenda 2030 by looking at the negative externalities and spill-over effects of EU policies in developing countries.

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  • 15.07.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Member of the European Parliament,    Congratulations on your successful election.   You will have your first opportunity to vote to defend climate tomorrow Tuesday, when the Parliament is expected to vote on the election of the President of the Commission.  

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  • 11.07.2019 | Press Releases
    Today, 10 families from Europe and outside, together with the Saami Youth Association from Sweden appealed to the European Court of Justice on the dismissal of the historic People’s Climate Case – the case challenging the EU’s 2030 climate target for its insufficiency to protect citizens and their fundamental rights. The appeal challenges the first instance court’s (European General Court) narrow interpretation of “direct and individual concern” which is a procedural reason to dismiss the case.

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  • 04.07.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Minister, On 11 July, you will be meeting in Helsinki to discuss EU climate ambition ahead of the United Nations Secretary General Climate Action Summit in September. This is a unique opportunity for the EU to announce its determination to step up its commitments under the Paris Agreement and resume its position as a global climate leader, by announcing the EU is ready to enhance its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Climate Action Network Europe is calling on the EU to increase its 2030 domestic greenhouse emission reduction target to at least 65% compared to 1990 emissions.

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  • 25.06.2019 | Press Releases
    The report released today by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, states that climate change could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030 and undo the last 50 years of global fight against extreme poverty. The report underlines that the poorest and most disadvantaged groups will be hit the worst which will deepen the existing human rights and democracy crisis. 

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  • 25.06.2019 | Op-eds
    Greek consumers could end up footing the bill for new coal plants well beyond 2050 under a proposed government scheme, despite recently agreed EU electricity market rules specifically designed to call time on coal subsidies, write Joanna Flisowska and Nikos Mantzaris.

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  • 25.06.2019 | Press Releases
    MEDIA ADVISORY Today, EU ministers meeting at an Energy Council and a General Affairs Council will discuss respectively the priorities for the future energy infrastructure and for the future EU Cohesion Policy funding for climate action in the regions.According to the current state of play of negotiations, EU Member States, as they plan to continue investments in fossil gas, are falling short of what the Paris Agreement requires in terms of zero-carbon energy policies and climate action financing.

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  • 24.06.2019 | Press Releases
    Long-predicted impacts of climate change are wreaking havoc in Europe. An extreme heatwave is expected to affect millions of people in large parts of west-central Europe. In recent months, Eastern Europeans have been hit by heat waves and droughts; citizens in the UK, France, Germany and Italy suffered from floods and storms.

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  • 20.06.2019 | Press Releases
    EU leaders meeting in Brussels today failed to agree to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 and to commit to revising the EU’s 2030 climate target, due to a veto from the Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments.

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  • 18.06.2019 | Press Releases
    On 17 and 18 June, four new EU countries, namely Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland and Slovakia announced their support for the net zero emissions by 2050 goal, increasing the total number of EU countries in favour to 22. With three new CEE countries on board, the EU is much closer to reaching an agreement on this at this week’s European Council.

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  • 18.06.2019 | Press Releases
    Today the European Commission has published its recommendations for improving the draft National Energy and Climate Plans wherein EU Member States have to draw concrete pathways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and boost energy savings as well as renewable energy all the way until 2030. Member States have until the end of this year to come up with better deals for the climate.

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  • 17.06.2019 | Press Releases
    Strong support from progressive countries key to a successful outcome Brussels, 17th June 2019, for immediate release Feeling the pressure from the public, and in particular from young people, EU governments are getting closer to reaching an agreement on achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and on raising the EU’s 2030 climate target [1]. With only a few Central European governments still on the fence [2], the decision can be made already at the upcoming EU Heads of State and Government meeting in Brussels on 20-21 June.

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  • 17.06.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.

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  • 11.06.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing shows that since the beginning of 2018, 22 EU Member States in total have signed on numerous statements calling for increasing efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Only six Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have decided not to join any of the declarations in support for more climate action so far.

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  • 29.05.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    New report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal. The draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 21 EU Member States which still use coal for electricity generation show that only eight are committed to phasing out coal by 2030.

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  • 29.05.2019 | Press Releases
    Today, a new report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal. The draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 21 EU Member States which still use coal for electricity generation show that only eight are committed to phasing out coal by 2030. Yet, Member States with no plans to move away from coal are benefiting from various EU schemes intended to support the energy transition away from coal. Still, Member States are asking for more energy transition funding, - finds a new report entitled “Just transition or just talk?”

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  • 28.05.2019 | Publication
    Coal is bad business, yet public subsidies and Chinese loans keep it alive and keep the Balkans from moving #BeyondCoal.

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  • 27.05.2019 | Press Releases
    As a result of the European elections concluded yesterday, the two traditional major parties of the social democrats and conservatives will no longer have a majority in the European Parliament. However, given the large support from voters for parties that have put climate action forward as a priority, there is a large majority of parties that now need to put climate action first and work together to tackle the climate emergency.

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  • 22.05.2019 | Press Releases
    Thanks to hundreds of thousands of young people protesting across European cities over the last months against the lack of adequate action to confront the climate emergency, climate change for the first time tops the agenda of the European election campaign. This has put pressure on more conservative politicians to finally acknowledge the need for climate action in their election campaigns.

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  • 21.05.2019 | Press Releases
    The European General Court dismissed the People’s Climate Case on procedural grounds stating that the families and youth impacted by climate change do not have a right to go to court to challenge the EU’s 2030 climate target. However, in its decision, the Court recognised that climate change affects all Europeans in many different ways. Families and the Saami youth who initiated the case plan to appeal to the European Court of Justice.

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  • 20.05.2019 | Op-eds
    An EU budget aligned to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the fulfilment of climate neutrality and the swift decarbonisation of the European economy is a win-win situation for both net payers and recipients to the EU budget, argue Markus Trilling and Raphaël Hanoteaux.

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  • 13.05.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.

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  • 09.05.2019 | Press Releases
    As the Future of Europe summit in Sibiu, Romania, comes to an end, it is clear that EU leaders failed to respond to the growing public unrest and commit to make climate change the EU’s top priority. This is despite the momentum created by statements from eight EU Member States and a broad coalition of European stakeholders determined to push for more decisive climate action.

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  • 09.05.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    "Money talks" is the 6th anual shaddow progress report by Serbia-based Coalition 27, group of dozen most prominent civil society organisations committed to monitoring and reporting on the country's progress in preparations for EU membership talks on environmnet and climate change - topics covered by Chapter 27 of the EU accession negotiations.

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  • 08.05.2019 | Press Releases
    In 2018, carbon emissions across the EU decreased by 2.5% compared to the year before, according to the preliminary data published by Eurostat today.

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  • 08.05.2019 | Press Releases
    On the eve of the Future of Europe Summit on 9 May, governments representing eight EU Member States called for putting climate action at the centre of future EU cooperation and for substantially increasing the EU’s efforts to combat climate change.

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  • 06.05.2019 | Press Releases
    In an unprecedented Climate Action Call published today, a broad coalition is urging European leaders to take decisive action to respond to the climate emergency. Hundreds of European cities, regions, businesses, youth and faith groups and civil society organisations working on climate, human rights, litigation, mobilization, sports and health call upon leaders to profoundly alter the way we run our societies and economies to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 01.05.2019 | Press Releases
    Today, the UK Parliament voted to declare a “climate emergency” and became the first in Europe to clearly underline the urgency to address climate change. The vote in the House of Commons came as an answer to wide-spread citizen mobilisations in the UK which urged decision makers to step up climate action in an unprecedented way.

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  • 23.04.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe supports a climate case initiated by 10 families from Europe and outside together with the Saami Youth Association from Sweden. The plaintiffs claim that the EU's 2030 target is not ambitious enough to protect their lives, livelihoods and fundamental rights from the worsening impacts of climate change.  The letter below is written by these families and the Saami youth asking you to put climate change in the heart of Future of Europe debate. 

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  • 19.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    To be called the “great platform to engage in the climate debate” that “improves our impact at national level” and provides “support, information and inspiration” compliments our entire Network and will continue to drive our shared effort to live up to such high accolades at this time of growing climate urgency.

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  • 16.04.2019 | Press Releases
    Centre and conservative parties of the current European Parliament have failed to treat climate change with the urgency it demands, according to a new ranking published today by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. At the same time, national champions in these groups demonstrate that centre and conservative parties can play a positive role in climate policy-making and that climate action can become a cross-party priority in the upcoming European elections.

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  • 16.04.2019 | Submissions to Consultations
    The European Investment Bank (EIB), the world’s largest multilateral lender and major provider of climate finance, is holding a public consultation on its energy lending policy which was last revised/adopted in 2013.

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  • 15.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    A new report by CAN Europe titled “Time to pick up the pace: Insights into the draft National Energy and Climate Plans” highlights key features of 24 draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), the development of which is required by the Governance Regulation adopted last year and designed to ensure EU member states will collectively achieve the bloc’s climate and energy targets for 2030. The European Commission will issue recommendations in June before the NECPs are finalised by the end of this year.

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  • 14.04.2019 | Press Releases
    “Time to pick up the pace!” This is the main message of a report released today by CAN Europe which collects the views of national stakeholders on the draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 24 EU countries. Overall the draft Plans as they stand do not live up to the Paris Agreement goals, but there is still time to improve them.

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  • 10.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    The report “Defenders, Delayers, Dinosaurs: Ranking of EU political groups and national parties on climate change” assesses the voting behaviour of current MEPs in relation to climate and energy issues.

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  • 09.04.2019 | Press Releases
    In the EU-China Summit outcome statement, both countries reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and recognised the UN Secretary General’s Summit on September 2019 as an important milestone for ramping up climate action. 

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  • 09.04.2019 | Press Releases
    The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the clean energy transition is underway, but that further efforts will be needed to ensure its full and swift implementation, including through the preparation of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) due by the end of this year.

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  • 08.04.2019 | Submissions to Consultations
    On 20 December 2018, the European Commission has launched a public consultation, as a part of its study on the EU’s implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice in environmental matters.

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  • 08.04.2019 | Publication
    Public money must not be allowed to go up in smoke!

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  • 29.03.2019 | Press Releases
    Yesterday the German plaintiffs of the People’s Climate Case, Maike and Michael Recktenwald won the ZEIT WISSEN in the category of ‘Action’ for taking the EU to court over its insufficient 2030 climate target.

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  • 27.03.2019 | Press Releases
    A vote today by the Parliament has excluded fossil fuels from the EUR 320 billion European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Funds for 2021-2027, signalling a clear commitment to the EU’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement and its net-zero emissions Long Term Strategy.

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  • 27.03.2019 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament voted in plenary for a greater share of support for developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change in the EU’s future external investments from 2021 to 2027.

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  • 25.03.2019 | Press Releases
    “To make decarbonisation a reality, voting down the eligibility of fossil fuels, including gas, is key.” This is the message sent today by businesses, local authorities and NGOs to the members of the European Parliament as they will decide this week if they will turn back the clock by allowing funding for fossil fuels in Europe’s regions from 2021 to 2027, or if they will choose a path of sustainable development for Europe’s regions, bringing them new jobs, competitiveness and modernisation.

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  • 25.03.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    “To make decarbonisation a reality, voting down the eligibility of fossil fuels, including gas, is key.” This is the message sent today by businesses, local authorities and NGOs to the members of the European Parliament as they will decide this week if they will turn back the clock by allowing funding for fossil fuels in Europe’s regions from 2021 to 2027, or if they will choose a path of sustainable development for Europe’s regions, bringing them new jobs, competitiveness and modernisation.

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  • 22.03.2019 | Press Releases
    European Council conclusions on climate change adopted today fail to send a signal that the EU is willing to increase its weak climate targets, despite last week’s unprecedented mobilisation of youth across Europe calling for more action against climate change.

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  • 20.03.2019 | Press Releases
    Energy Community countries propped up coal mining and electricity generation with direct and indirect public subsidies totalling at least 2.4 billion euros annually, out of which around half were provided by Western Balkan countries, shows a study (1) released today by the Vienna-based Secretariat of the Energy Community Treaty, the international treaty working to integrate the energy markets of the EU with those of its neighbours.

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  • 19.03.2019 | Press Releases
    Today EU ministers exchanged views on the climate aspects of the next EU budget after 2020 at a General Affairs Council. Most Member States agreed to the proposal of the European Commission that 25% of it will have to serve climate action. Few progressive voices call for a more ambitious spending target as well as for excluding any funding to go to supporting fossil fuels.

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  • 15.03.2019 | Press Releases
    “We believe it is high time for European leaders to rise up to the challenge of climate action. We need Europe to transition to a sustainable society and economy as soon as possible.” This is the message from a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups, standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition. It is being sent today in support of last week’s unprecedented mobilisation of citizens across EU member states calling for increased action against climate change.

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  • 15.03.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    A unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups, standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition, calls upon EU leaders to ramp up the EU's climate action.

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  • 15.03.2019 | Press Releases
    Tempus Energy yesterday took the European Commission to Court for approving the Polish electricity capacity market which favours fossil fuel generation at the expense of clean energy technologies.

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  • 14.03.2019 | Press Releases
    In today’s vote on its resolution on the EU’s long-term climate strategy, the European Parliament called for achieving net zero emissions as early as possible and by 2050 at the latest and increasing the EU’s 2030 climate target to 55 percent emission cuts compared to 1990 levels.

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  • 13.03.2019 | Press Releases
    A week ahead of the EU leaders’ discussion on the EU’s long-term climate vision, on Friday, March 15th thousands of schoolchildren around the world will be striking to demand stronger action on climate change from their governments.

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  • 13.03.2019 | Blogs
    As action in the next 10 years will be most decisive in limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C, the EU will need to increase its 2030 domestic greenhouse emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement (the EU's NDC-Nationally Determined Contribution) from at least 40% to at least 65% compared to 1990 emissions.

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  • 05.03.2019 | Press Releases
    EU Energy and Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels on 4 and 5 March to discuss the European Commission’s draft long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" added momentum for a climate neutral European economy by 2050.

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  • 04.03.2019 | Press Releases
    Today members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Development Committees brought the EU’s future external investments in closer alignment with Paris Agreement goals. They improved on the European Commission’s proposal by agreeing to increase the climate and environment spending target and to exclude fossil fuels from EU funding going to developing countries.

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  • 28.02.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    February 2019   Clean Planet for all: Strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy   Dear Energy and Environment Ministers, On 4 March and 5 March respectively you will meet in Brussels to discuss the European Commission’s proposed long term strategy vision for a climate neutral economy – A Clean Planet for all.

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  • 25.02.2019 | Op-eds
    As the European Investment Bank (EIB) holds a meeting in Brussels today (25 February) to consult the public on its new energy policy, Wendel Trio reflects on the role the EU’s bank should have in tackling the climate crisis.

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  • 22.02.2019 | Press Releases
    Two plaintiffs of the People's Climate Case, Sanna Vannar and Petru Vlad are invited to the European Parliament on 07 March between 09.30 - 11 am  to speak in an event dedicated to their case.

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  • 20.02.2019 | Press Releases
    In today’s vote on the resolution on the EU’s long-term climate strategy, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee called for increasing the EU’s 2030 climate target to 55 percent emission cuts compared to 1990 levels, and achieving net zero emissions as early as possible and by 2050 at the latest.

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  • 19.02.2019 | Reports & Briefs
    Sixteen outdated coal power plants in the Western Balkans are a public health and economic liability for the whole of Europe, with people in the EU bearing the majority of the health impacts and costs, according to the new report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Sandbag, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network and Europe Beyond Coal.

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  • 19.02.2019 | Press Releases
    Sixteen outdated coal power plants in the Western Balkans are a public health and economic liability for the whole of Europe, with people in the EU bearing the majority of the health impacts and costs, according to the new report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Sandbag, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network and Europe Beyond Coal. The European Union (EU) needs to use all of the tools available to improve health, prolong lives, save health costs and increase productivity both in the EU and in the Western Balkan region.

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  • 18.02.2019 | Press Releases
    EU Economy and Industry Ministers from ten EU Member States, including Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK, meeting in Brussels today to discuss the European Commission’s draft long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" expressed their support for building a climate neutral European economy by 2050.

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  • 18.02.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In this letter, NGOs Climate Action Network Europe, Carbon Market Watch, E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism, European Environmental Bureau, Sandbag and WWF European Policy Office call upon EU Economy and Industry Ministers to: Endorse the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy and support an EU long-term climate target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040; Call upon the European Commission to present a new and integrated EU industrial climate strategy for energy-intensive industries in support of a competitive, circular and net-zero emission heavy industry transition;  Recognise the immediate need to provide a policy framework which supports and incentivises the full decarbonisation and transformation of resource and energy-intensive industry sectors before 2050. NGO letter on the long term climate strategy ahead of the Competitiveness Council

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  • 14.02.2019 | Press Releases
    A vote today by the Parliament on the future European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Funds for 2021-2027 opens the possibilities for continued funding of fossil fuels, in spite of the EU’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement and its net-zero emissions Long Term Strategy.

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  • 13.02.2019 | Press Releases
    Today the members of the European Parliament adopted the Common Provisions Regulation, which sets the principles and common rules on how Cohesion Policy funding should be spent from 2021 to 2027. Civil society groups CEE Bankwatch Network and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome the agreed climate-friendly provisions, including the exclusion of fossil fuel investments, but they must be reflected in tomorrow’s vote on the Regional Development Fund in order to become reality.

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  • 22.01.2019 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development (REGI) adopted the so-called Common Provisions Regulation, which sets the conditions and principles governing the funding for Cohesion Policy from 2021 to 2027. NGO groups CEE Bankwatch Network and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome the regulation, which exceeds the European Commission’s proposal by introducing new and additional safeguards against climate change.

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  • 21.01.2019 | Press Releases
    On Tuesday, 22 January, Climate Case Ireland’s legal case hearing starts in the national High Court. The legal case, initiated by the Friends of Irish Environment, argues that the Government’s 2017 National Mitigation Plan is in violation of Ireland’s Climate Act 2015, the Constitution and human rights obligations and also falls far short of the Paris Agreement's requirements.

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  • 16.01.2019 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament took a disappointing stance on climate when voting to approve the establishment of InvestEU, the EU’s financing tool to attract private investments – say NGO groups CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF European Policy Office, and Counter Balance. The approved investment package keeps the door open to further public investments in fossil fuels, which is incompatible with the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 16.01.2019 | Press Releases
    The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019 published today shows that the world’s business leaders perceive the failure to tackle climate change as the number two risk that the world faces over the next decade, both in terms of likelihood and impact.

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  • 15.01.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    On 22 January 2019 and in February the REGI Committee will vote on the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) and on the European Regional Development Fund / Cohesion Fund Regulation (ERDF/CF) respectively. These two pieces of legislation will determine the shape and direction of Cohesion Policy post-2020.

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  • 20.12.2018 | Press Releases
    In reaction to today’s Environment Council where EU ministers have for the first time discussed the EU’s draft climate long-term strategy put forward by the European Commission on 28 November, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 19.12.2018 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament, Commission and Council have taken a step in the right direction by agreeing to end coal subsidies by 2025, paving the way for a European-wide coal phase out. However the biggest polluters still got to buy some time despite the urgency of climate change. With only twelve years left to act to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C and thus avoid catastrophic impacts of climate change as highlighted in the latest IPCC report, every cent spent on coal will be costly for the climate as well as for European taxpayers.

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  • 17.12.2018 | Publication
    The most polluted capital in Europe, and other stories in this month's roundup of news.

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  • 15.12.2018 | Press Releases
    As the COP24 climate summit comes to an end, it is clear that governments have failed to adequately respond to the catastrophic impacts of climate change that were highlighted in the landmark IPCC report on 1.5°C. Based on a now widely operational Paris Agreement the next two years need to be used to build far-reaching transformational partnerships and reach the level of ambition science makes clear is necessary.

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  • 14.12.2018 | Press Releases
    As the COP24 climate summit draws to a close, negotiators are still struggling to agree on a significant commitment to strengthen all countries’ climate pledges by 2020.

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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 | Letters to Policy Makers
    This joint letter from CAN Europe and development NGOs outlines recommendations on EU external action in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), specifically on Heading VI (Neighbourhood and the World).

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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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  • 08.10.2018 | Submissions to Consultations
    On June 14th 2018, the European Commission (DG DEVCO and ECHO) and the European External Action Services (EEAS) launched their proposed Regulation for external action funding in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework.

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  • 08.10.2018 | Reports & Briefs
    On June 14th 2018, the European Commission (DG DEVCO and ECHO) and the European External Action Services (EEAS) launched their proposed Regulation for external action funding in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework.

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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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