In 2016, the EU and its Member States ratified the Paris Agreement, demonstrating their ambition to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The Paris Agreement stipulates that financial flows need to be made “consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.” The Paris Agreement requires major overhaul of not just climate and energy policies in the EU, but also financial policies and investments to ensure a shift in support away from fossil fuels and instead towards a renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate resilience.
CAN Europe works to ensure public financial flows in Europe are shifted away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. This entails ending fossil fuel subsidies, making sure that the EU budget catalyses the transition away from fossil fuels and that EU’s financing facilities, policy tools and development banks undergo ambitious reforms that lead the way in the transition of the EU economy away from fossil fuels.
CAN Europe, Europe's largest coalition working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated and dynamic colleague to join our team in Berlin as an Energy Analyst.
Building on one of the assertions made in the Copenhagen Accord – ‘including alternative sources of finance’ – CAN Europe believes that the EU could lead a more ambitious way to increasing its climate finance support through implementing a number of measures that would generate revenues for EU governments.
The success of the ETS revision hinges on its ability to make the polluter pay, rather than paying the polluter. Handing out free pollution permits contradicts the EU Treaty principle that polluters should pay.