27.11.2018 | Event & Actions

This December government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland, for the  COP24 climate summit. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement. They are expected to commit to put forward higher 2030 climate targets by 2020, deliver a robust Paris Agreement rulebook and provide predictable and meaningful financial support for developing countries. Click to find out more on CAN Europe's side events.

15.11.2018 | Event & Actions

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will hold the first global Climate Summit at the level of Heads of State/Government on 22 November 2018 convened by the incoming Forum president, the Marshall Islands. In light of the great urgency to act, the Summit will provide a platform for all vulnerable countries to speak out on their efforts to “survive and thrive” in the face of climate change, communicating progress, inspiring action and challenging other nations to do more. The Climate Vulnerable Forum, CARE International and Climate Action Network Europe will organise a specific event focused in Brussels on 22 November, 8 to 9 am, in the European Parliament which will be an official part of the Virtual Climate Summit.

The Virtual Climate Summit at the level of Heads of State/Government on 22nd of November, 2018 will be held ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference at Katowice, Poland (COP24), to allow leaders of all nations to take into account the latest scientific findings and translate them into a sound policy response. The event will be the first ever online global political Summit, avoiding emissions, increasing inclusivity and the impact of its outcomes. It will release an ‘outcome document’ on behalf of participating leaders delivering individual statements (pre-recorded videos or written) to be aired on the online Summit platform.

The event that will be organised by the CVF, CARE International and Climate Action Network Europe in Brussels on 22 November, 8 to 9 am, in the European Parliament is an official part of the Virtual Climate Summit.

The Brussels event will be co- hosted by:
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary H.E Mr Deo SARAN, Fiji
MEP Florent Marcellesi, Green, Spain, member of FEMM committee and sub on DEVE
MEP Sirpa Pietikainen, EPP, former Finnish Environment Minister and sub on Envi
MEP Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Development Committee

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06.11.2017 | Event & Actions

Reducing emissions drastically in the near term, before 2020, is a precondition for countries to be able to meet the long term goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

In this side event Climate Action Network Europe discusses the most important means countries can take to reduce their emissions immediately, and elaborate on why more speedy and effective action will minimise the damage to our societies imposed by climate change.

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12.01.2017 | Event & Actions

No fossil fuels in the next EU budget!


The EU Toxic Funding Awards are here to show you what politicians are doing with your taxes. Are they still helping the fossil fuel industry to wreck the climate? Or are they investing in clean renewables and energy efficiency to build a safer fossil free society for us all?

According to the European Commission, the next EU budget will be a budget for the future that delivers on issues that matter for Europeans. But wait, shouldn’t that mean a budget that finances the solutions, not the causes of climate change? Yet current legislative proposals would permit and even encourage funding for fossil fuels, in particular gas, over most of the next decade.

What's the most toxic? The public has decided! Four of the worst examples of toxic funding proposed to be part of the next EU budget were ranked by a public vote in November.

Climate change, the role of financing


Many in the EU consider gas to be one of the ‘solutions’ to the climate crisis and plan huge investments in gas infrastructure. But we disagree. Fossil gas is a false solution to dangerous climate change: fossil gas is a fuel with substantial CO2 and methane emissions, contributing to the climate problem and its catastrophic impacts.

In 2014-16 the EU provided up to €4bn in support to fossil fuels, most of which went to gas infrastructure. And the subsidies might keep coming.

The EU has committed multiple times to the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Will the EU budget follow suit?

The European Commission has proposed to continue to subsidise more fossil fuels well into the next decade through the next long-term EU budget (Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027). And attempts by the European Commission to exclude fossil fuels from some EU funds are challenged by some Member States and by some EU Parliamentarians.

The plans and legislations are not final yet since the budget files are still under negotiations: now it’s time for the European Parliament and the EU governments to make the next EU budget fully climate-friendly and 100% free from fossil fuels!



12.01.2017 | Event & Actions



Subsidising fossil fuels stands in the way of climate action across Europe while threatening our health, environment and economies.
Expose the financial support for dirty energy in your country by voting for the worst fossil fuel subsidies during the first ever European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards!

By voting for the worst subsidies, you contribute to exposing the hypocrisy of European governments and other public institutions’ promises to tackle climate change while at the same time funding fossil fuels.


And the winners are...


The Awards winners

9 national governments and the EU have won awards. See below which ones.

To get more information on each prize and the subsidy associated, click on the medals (or cick on the candidates tab above)












Award Poland


Award Norway


Award Ireland


Award Romania


Award Estonia


Award Turkey


Award Germany


Award Hungary


Award Slovakia




Award EU Jury Award




The award ceremony

The Awards results have been announced at the Ceremony in Brussels! Check out the video of the Ceremony below and check the CAN Europe facebook page to like and share the video and photos.

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The winners of the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards have just been revealed at our Awards Ceremony this morning in Brussels! Check out the video and share it! #FossilFuelSubsidiesAwards

Posted by Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) on Monday, 22 May 2017
12.01.2017 | Event & Actions

The 2018 European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards!


The European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards expose financial support for dirty energy in countries across Europe. Subsidising fossil fuels threatens our health and economies, pollutes our air, and undermines action on climate change. Governments may be talking up their action on climate change, but they’re pouring billions into dirty energy.

The public vote has now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners on April 16!


Dirtiest, most hypocritical or deadliest? Read more about the candidates (voting has closed - winners will be announced on April 16)!

12.01.2017 | Event & Actions


Oil and gas companies in Norway receive billions in subsidies

The Norwegian government rewards investors for putting their money into oil and gas infrastructure, thereby increasing supplies from Norway to the rest of the world. These subsidies represent a threat to the climate, and to vulnerable ecosystems in the surrounding seas

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To successfully combat climate change, both supply and demand of fossil fuels have to be dealt with. Norway supplies Europe with huge amounts of oil and gas every day, ensuring easy access to the climate-harming fuels. And government subsidies have allowed Norway to become a large supplier of oil and gas. Here’s an example to illustrate how it works: If an oil company invests NOK 100 billion (roughly 11 billion) in a new oil production field in Norway, the government will pay approximately NOK 89 billion out of the 100, leaving the oil company to pay only NOK 11 billion. You might expect that the Norwegian government then collects 89% of eventual profits. But this is not the case.

If the oil company in the example turns a profit before tax at NOK 100 billion, they get to keep not NOK 11 billion, but NOK 22 billion! This leaves the government, who paid 89 billion initially, with only 78 billion. The discrepancy for oil companies between risk and return makes investments in oil and gas projects incredibly attractive, and drives investment in the supply of these climate-wrecking fuels.

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has estimated the size of this subsidy since 2013. In the period 2013 – 2017, oil and gas companies have been subsidized with more than NOK 85 billion (more than €8.7 billion) according to the ministry. This is money that should have been spent on ensuring a clean and just transition away from fossil fuels, not on making the climate challenge even harder to meet.

Norway is supporting several important climate initiatives, like REDD+, which objective is to avoid deforestation. But, as it is helping the climate with one hand, it is destroying it with the other. The hypocrisy of these well hidden subsidies reveals the true face of Norway, which is not as climate friendly as you might have thought. 


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12.01.2017 | Event & Actions


Gold prize winner!

License to drill: oil threatens nature and tourist hotpot

Last year in major disregard to climate targets, the Portuguese government handed out a license to Galp/ENI companies for deep offshore drilling in Alentejo, a beautiful biodiversity protected area and a tourism hotspot.

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In January 2017, the Portuguese directorate general for maritime resources granted a license to use the offshore maritime space (a TUPEM permit) to the oil companies Galp/ENI in the deep offshore of Alentejo, off the beautiful Portuguese southern coast.

This permit grants right to private use of the offshore area - a form of special treatment and an indirect subsidy. It could serve positive objectives, assessing wind and tidal renewable energy for example. In a country known for its leading role in renewables and which is preparing a national plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, it is outrageous that fossil fuels are benefitting from this special treatment. Prospection for oil and gas is not compatible with a decarbonization pathway.

Moreover the Alentejo coastline is a biodiversity protected area and a tourism hotspot. The region is characterized by 35 natural habitats, many of which are unique. The site has a high number of priority plant species. The coastal cliffs, beaches, dunes, moorlands and wetlands coastal plateau and mountain ravines support diverse flora. Algarve and Alentejo regions are known for nature tourism activities, such as cycling, trekking, surfing or bird watching. Fishing is also important for local communities. But there have been no economic, environmental impact studies, or cost-benefit analysis for this oil drilling permit.

NGOs (including ZERO) are objecting to the license for deep offshore drilling in Alentejo, and have launched online petitions (one reached 42.000 signatures and was discussed in the National Parliament), minute letters, marches, social networks, legal actions and crowdfunding. Municipalities and regional authorities launched legal actions to stop the concession. Scientists have also signed an open letter against the project because of its climate impacts.

As a result in February 2018 the National Parliament approved a resolution calling on the government to suspend the fossil fuel prospection and studies on the coast of Aljezur, in Alentejo. At the beginning of March, deep offshore prospection and preparatory studies in Alentejo were suspended by a national court for three months.

But this does not mean the fight against fossil fuel exploration is over. 

NGOs are now calling for the cancellation of all concessions to explore fossil fuels in Portugal, and the revision of the national legislation to stop new concessions.

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12.01.2017 | Event & Actions


Heating homes with oil - consumers' choice?

‘Heizen mit Öl’ (Heating with Oil) subsidises installation of oil heating systems in Austrian homes. These are the most CO2-intensive system on the market, but this self-proclaimed “efficiency & climate initiative” supports each installation by €2,500-5,000!

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‘Heizen mit Öl’ (Heating with Oil), backed by a state-owned mineral oil corporation, subsidises installation of oil heating systems in Austrian homes. Around 5,500 new oil heating systems are subsidised every year with a budget of around €15 million per year. Between 2012 and 2016, €61 million were used to subsidise new oil heating systems. This subsidy is misleading consumers into installing the most CO2-intense heating systems by telling them they are doing something positive for the climate.

The “Heizen mit Öl” Initiative was founded by the Mineral Oil Industry in 2009 - just one year after the Austrian Government decided to phase out oil heating systems and federal states committed to end subsidies for oil heating systems. At the same time, Austria was failing to meet its climate goals under the Kyoto Protocol and had to pay around €500 million for CO2-certificates.

The dodgy funding for these polluting systems remained unclear for many years. But in the beginning of March 2018, NGO GLOBAL 2000 published research uncovering the details. Oil traders pay €10 per 1,000 liters of heat oil in a fund that serves “Heizen mit Öl” - and the biggest trader of oil in Austria is OMV, a part state-owned mineral oil corporation. After Austria adopted the landmark Paris Agreement, leading energy experts demanded a phase out of oil heating systems. In response “Heizen mit Öl” (Heating with oil) decided to increase the amount to €11 Euro per 1,000 liters and retaliated by launching a campaign using TV ads, advertisement in newspapers and slots on the radio, to attempt to clean up oil’s dirty image. It worked, and in early 2018 “Heizen mit Öl” celebrated installing the 50,000th subsidised system in the federal state of Lower Austria - despite the fact this state had announced a ban on oil heating systems in new buildings a year before.

Right now the Austrian Government is discussing a climate and energy strategy for Austria. One of the burning issues? How to phase out oil heating systems! One of the easiest ways to progress would be to end this harmful subsidy for oil heating systems.

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12.01.2017 | Event & Actions


All the gifts for gas and oil 

The Italian government provides gifts of around €8.9 billion a year in small fees, ridiculous royalties and public financing for the oil & gas sector. These subsidies are transforming Italy into Texas and preventing the transition to a 100% renewable energy future!

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Payouts for the oil and gas in Italy are simply huge! The sector enjoys direct and indirect subsidies at an estimated value of €8.9 billion each year. Among the gifts are discounts and exemptions for drilling fossil fuels at a value of €1.4 billion each year. In fact, since 1996 Italian law has provided tax exemption for royalties for the first 20,000 tons of oil extracted from the mainland (or 50,000 tons offshore) and the first 25 million cubic meters of mainland natural gas (or 80 million cubic meters offshore). According to Legambiente's estimates, based on data from the Ministry of Economic Development, from 2004 until today 32% of the gas extracted in Italy has been exempted from the payment of royalties, and 8% of oil. All of this generated a loss of income of about €88 million in 2016 alone.

In addition there are multiple Italian public investments in national and international fossil fuel projects, financed or guaranteed by SACE and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. Italy provided an annual average of $2.1 billion between 2013 and 2015, eighth place among the G20 countries. Between 2014 and 2015 €643 million went to natural gas projects and between 2013 and 2015, seven projects for the extraction and exploration of oil and gas were funded at €1.2 billion. One billion was also allocated to five projects for the production of electricity from fossil fuels.

On top of this are the plans for the construction of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP) which will cross Puglia - one of the largest European fossil fuel projects with a contribution from the European Investment Bank, equal to €1.6 billion.

So aside from investments and loans, Legambiente has counted €8.9 billion as the amount intended to support the production and consumption of fossil energy in Italy. Instead of investing in pollution and harm to our health and the environment, these resources should be invested in the green transition - for example the much-needed redevelopment and refurbishment of Italian building stock, and into supporting the public to live in an efficient and sustainable way.

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