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