05.06.2016 | Blogs

Here you find a range of useful external coal resources. For all coal related CAN Europe publications, go here.

28.05.2016 | Blogs


The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the world’s largest carbon market, covering more than 11 000 industrial and power plants in the EU-28, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EU ETS covers about 40% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.

26.05.2016 | Blogs

On 24th May, the Members of the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee restated the Parliament’s long-standing call for boosting ambition of the EU 2030 energy savings target to 40%, voting for an own initiative report on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

23.05.2016 | Blogs

All countries of Southeast Europe are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and have signed up to the Paris Agreement. Becuase they all seek to join the EU well before 2030, their climate pledges should be in line with the EU’s target - currently set to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

23.05.2016 | Blogs

CAN Europe supports regional NGOs working on promoting the solutions for South East Europe’s energy future: energy efficiency and 100% sustainable renewables. We are part of South East Europe Sustainable Energy Partnership (SEE SEP), a group of 18 NGOs who developed an energy model for 7 countries of Southeast Euope and the region as a whole.

21.05.2016 | Blogs

In 2003, at the Thessaloniki Summit, the European leaders com­mitted to help the integration of the remain­ing Southeast European states into the EU. The promised EU membership is highly conditional – it is only granted if countries meet all economic and political crite­ria, and align their policies with the EU, including the ones on energy, climate and environment.

21.05.2016 | Blogs

The Energy Community is an intergovernmental organization dealing with energy policy in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region.

09.05.2016 | Blogs

The Paris Agreement requires the EU to speed up the ongoing transition away from polluting fossil fuels and towards 100% renewables. The goals of the Agreement to achieve a carbon free economy fast enough to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree C mean vast new opportunities for jobs and competitiveness, but also some challenges in terms of ensuring the sustainability of the energy systems.

27.04.2016 | Blogs

The EU Court of Justice finds that the cap on free allowances might have been set too high by the Commission. Allowances will need to be recalculated in the next 10 months.

26.04.2016 | Blogs

At the Paris Agreement signing ceremony last week, the French President François Hollande announced that France will use Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) to increase its support for climate action in developing countries. It is a praiseworthy commitment, but the necessary funds will only be generated, if countries involved in the FTT negotiations work together to finally establish and operationalise it. Final agreement on the FTT is expected in June. Other countries should follow in France’s footsteps and allocate at least half of the revenues to climate and development.

Latest Publications

  • Coal is out. Are the Western Balkans in?

    Are EU member-states in Southeast Europe ready for timely and just transition beyond coal? For the Western Balkans, membership hopefuls, the question is how much longer can public subsidies and Chinese loans keep coal zombie alive at growing cost to health, livelihoods, and the environment?
  • Submission - Feedback on ENTSOS' Proposals for TYNDP 2022 Storylines

    Future energy infrastructure planning in Europe needs to be fully aligned with the Paris Agreement. CAN Europe recommends to increase variation of TYNDP 2022 storylines by assessing higher ambition of greenhouse gas emission reductions. In order to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, a trajectory towards net-zero emissions in 2040 should be assessed. Instead of primarily opposing “decentralised” and “global” solutions in the TYNDP 2022 storylines, at least one scenario should analyse how to prepare European energy infrastructure for a 100% renewable energy system in the most efficient way, combining the best out of both “decentralised” and “global” futures.
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