23.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on 24 November 2017

Dear Deputy Ambassador,

This Friday, 24 November, you will be discussing the proposed Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. With that in mind we are writing on behalf of our EU-wide network to highlight those aspects of the draft legislation that we consider critical to effective implementation by the EU of the Paris Agreement.

08.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

Being serious about the Paris Agreement:
Stop the ETS funding coal,
Start a meaningful carbon price

This Agreement [...] aims to [...] making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
Paris Agreement, Article 2(1)c

We, the undersigned, urgently appeal to Representatives of European Parliament, Council and the European Commission to ensure that European power and industry are put on the right track to rapidly and cost-effectively reduce their carbon emissions. The European Union was instrumental in designing the Paris Agreement. Now it must implement it. On 8th November, the aforementioned decision-makers will discuss final changes to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the post-2020 period. It is vital that these changes enable the ETS to help deliver the Paris commitments. The recently published UNEP report underlines the urgency to act now in order to ensure that the 1.5°C target remains attainable [1].

One important discussion topic will be the design of the ETS funds. It is crucial that ETS funds stop subsidizing coal plants. We are glad to see that the European Parliament as well as seven Member States [2] have called for ending this misuse of funds. To reach the “well below two degrees” goal agreed at Paris, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) modelling shows that unabated coal in Europe must fall to zero by 2030: This means that the ETS must no longer fund this obsolete and polluting technology and needs to accelerate a socially just transition instead.

The second crucial topic is how to ensure a meaningful carbon price that drives decarbonisation throughout the 2020s and beyond. This can only happen if the cap on the ETS emissions continues to tighten in line with the Paris climate goals, and is adjusted downwards to account for progress. Without this change, the EU carbon market will remain on an inadequate decarbonisation trajectory and risks another decade of irrelevance, leaving the EU lagging behind on green growth and innovation.

Fundamentally, the EU ETS must ensure a meaningful carbon price in line with the Paris climate goals, while at the same time stop subsidizing high-carbon intensity technologies such as coal.

We count on your support.

Kind regards,

Carbon Market Watch
CEE Bankwatch Network
Center for Transport and Energy
Change Partnership
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
EfdeN Romania
International Young Naturefriends
Sandbag
WWF EPO
Young European Federalists
11.11.11

Notes:

[1] Under current trends, it is expected that in 2030 global efforts to remain on a 1.5°C pathway are 16 to 19 GtCO2 off track. UNEP (2017). The Emissions Gap Report 2017. Available here.

[2] Non-paper by Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK

pdf Joint NGO statement on the ETS revision (208 KB)

06.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

An open letter to Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and Miguel Arias-Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy – organisers of the High-level Conference on financing the energy transition for jobs, growth, and investment 1

25.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on the 27th of October 2017

Dear Ambassador,

During the meeting of COREPER on 27 October you will have the opportunity to provide political guidance on several elements of the Governance regulation, mainly on defining a framework to ensure the delivery of the renewable energy target (Articles 4, 5, 25, 27). The Governance regulation is a key building block of a successful Energy Union, and the nest for many requirements set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

16.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

To the attn. of Mr. Dominique Ristori - Director General, DG Energy October 16th, 2017

Re: Preparation of the 3rd Union list of energy Projects of Common Interest

02.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

Dear Minister,

Adopting the Paris Agreement in 2015 marked a critical turning point toward a zero-carbon future, uniting the world in a global effort to tackle climate change. During the next Environment Council meeting on 13 October you will have the opportunity to decide on the Council’s position on two of the three pillars of the EU’s climate policy; the Regulations on Effort Sharing (ESR) and Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).

14.09.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

This letter was sent ahead of the High-level Conference on Energy 'Europe’s Future Electricity Market'

Dear Minister,

Next week you will travel to Tallinn, Estonia to discuss amongst several other issues, the proposed
Regulation for Energy Union Governance.

The proposed centralisation of climate and energy policy planning and reporting obligations is an
opportunity to achieve better policy integration and track progress of implementation. This in turn
can support increased climate ambition and a faster energy transition, if the legislation is done right.

14.07.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

We would like to thank you for organising the CSO consultation on the External Investment Plan (EIP) on the 29th May, 2017. This meeting allowed civil society organisations to ask questions and share their numerous concerns after hearing from the European Commission how it sees the next steps towards implementation.

26.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

This letter was written in response to the open position of CEOs of the European steel industry on 28 May 2017.

To the Heads of State and governments of the European Union,

Your decisions on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) will determine whether the reform will deliver some much needed improvements for the EU’s carbon market or whether it will impede the Union’s future efforts to curb carbon emissions in a cost-effective way.

21.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

Dear President/Prime Minister/Chancellor,

We understand you will be discussing the regrettable withdrawal by the US federal administration from the Paris Agreement.

Climate Action Network Europe very much welcomed the EU's reaction to this decision and the expression of its clear support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. We similarly welcomed the strong support of so many other major carbon emitters as well as the determination of hundreds of US States, cities and companies to implement the US pledge to the Paris Agreement.

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