20.02.2017 | Blogs

In terms of ambition, the results of the vote on 15.2.2017 is a clear betrayal of the Paris Agreement.

17.02.2017 | Blogs

'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter No.5 - February 2017:

A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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. 

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! 

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

08.01.2017 | Blogs

The Effort Sharing Regulation is currently being discusssed in the the European Parliament and the European Council.

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.

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.

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.

06.12.2016 | Blogs

 

What are fossil fuel subsidies? 

Fossil fuel subsidies – public financial support for fossil fuels – come in many forms and through many methods. In the EU, it has been hard to capture the level and extent of fossil fuel subsidies, mainly for two reasons: subsidies can be facilitated and applied through numerous policy processes and tools, and subsidies vary in their form across different EU Member States. 

CAN Europe, similar to the WTO, argues that any form of government action or public intervention which lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production or consumption can be defined as a subsidy. This includes e.g. direct funding (e.g. for coal mines’ operations) and tax exemptions (e.g. on diesel fuel), preferential loans and guarantees from public banks, and giving favourable access to resources, infrastructure and land.

In addition, CAN Europe agrees with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that environmental degradation, air pollution and health costs stemming from extracting and burning fossil fuels is not carried by the industry but paid by society. Therefore, these ‘external costs’ are also considered as fossil fuel subsidies.” All forms of fossil fuel subsidies (in Europe) are inefficient, harmful to the environment and blocking the transition to clean energy systems.

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