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.
The European Union, its economy and the international community need binding, coherent and more ambitious 2020 and post-2020 EU climate and energy targets.
CAN Europe recommends using half of the auctioning revenues for international climate finance, and the other half for domestic climate finance.
European NGOs have always endorsed an emission trading system based on 100% auctioning of allowances as the best way to generate a visible carbon price through the production and consumption chain.