To secure a strong outcome in Paris that facilitates ambitious climate action on the ground, a key pillar will be a “finance package” that covers both the pre- and the post-2020 period. Developed countries will have to demonstrate how they are meeting past promises (in particular the $100bn target). For the period after 2020, strong provisions on finance in the Paris Agreement are needed to enable developing countries to enhance their ambition beyond what they can do on their own, laying out the mitigation potential that could be unlocked with scaled-up financial resources. Also, developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable countries, will require increasing amounts of financial support to adapt to a changing climate and cope with the impacts. This submission outlines the Climate Action Network’s view on the main elements of this finance package for Paris.
On May 5th 2016 the Council and the European Parliament have come to a compromise on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR). CAN Europe called for strong improvements and some of them were incorporated.
This document represents the agreed position on the Reform of the Energy Community. We call for the Energy Community to include a functioning enforcement mechanism. We demand that the EU’s environmental and social standards are applied across the Energy Community countries.
As part of a wider European modernization effort of competition rules, the European Commission is reviewing their (binding) guidelines on state-aid for environmental protection. The new guidelines will be published and enter into operation by mid 2014, after the last round of public consultation (opened on December 18th for 8 weeks, until February 14th).
CAN Europe calls upon the European Union (EU) to recognise that its commitment to making a fair contribution to the effort to avoid dangerous climate change means that it should reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 95% by 2050 below 1990 levels. Only the upper end of the EU's 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by 80% to 95% will allow the EU to make a fair and safe contribution to keeping global average temperature rise below 2°C.
Recommendations for proper reform and design of support schemes for renewable energy technologies in Europe
CAN Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe call for a binding 2030 energy savings target alongside binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energies.
CAN Europe calls upon the EU to recognize its historical responsibility and increase the ambition of its current and long-term climate and energy targets and policies. Only when achieving the upper end of the 80%-95% emission reduction target in 2050 (as indicated in the European Commission’s Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 20504 ) will the EU be able to take its responsibility to avoid dangerous climate change.