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

 

CAN Europe Fossil Fuel Subsidies Categories MoneyWhat 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.

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.

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. 

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.

01.12.2016 | Blogs

The difference between the three different Councils can be confusing. Here a short clarification.

01.12.2016 | Blogs

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

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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    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
  • Letter to REGI Committee on sustainable cohesion policy funding

    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.
  • NGO statement urging Turkish decision makers to step up at COP24

    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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