Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) today expressed their support for measures to scale up emission cuts in the carbon market. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the support for more ambition, but at the same time urges EU decision makers to step up those cuts in order to be in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) voted today on the redesign of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the coming decade.
CAN Europe welcomes the steps the Parliament took to scale up emission cuts, beyond what the European Commission has proposed, but stresses that these are still far too little to repair the broken scheme or align the EU’s planned emission reductions with the global temperature goals it committed to under the Paris Agreement.
On 15 December, the European Parliament’s environment committee will cast a decisive vote on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Carbon Market Watch, WWF and almost 100 000 European citizens in the WeMove.EU community urge the committee members to vote for a bold reform to turn the EU ETS into an effective climate protection tool and make the polluting industries and power producers pick up the tab for the harm they cause.
Turkey's second largest private bank, Garanti, which finances the country’s coal boom, received the 2016 Climate Performance Leadership award from CDP, a UK based organisation, earlier this month. Environmental groups shed light on the destructive impacts of the dodgy deals the bank is involved in, in order to counter its green claims deceiving the European public.
Today the ECOFIN Council agreed on its position on the future of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI, also referred to as the Juncker Plan or the Investment Plan for Europe. While it contains some good elements on climate action, the council stills falls short of ensuring EFSI’s investments are in line with the EU’s climate goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package released by the European Commission today is not consistent with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and disregards the fact that the climate crisis poses an urgent existential threat. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the package will not help the EU reap the benefits of a shift to a fully renewable and efficient energy system.
Brussels, 28 November 2016, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On 30 November, the European Commission is expected to publish its winter package, a long-awaited, key piece of the Energy Union strategy. According to environmental groups, leaked documents show that the package will likely disregard the Paris Agreement and fall well short of what the EU needs to do to pull its weight in the fight against climate change.
SDG Watch Europe, a civil society alliance of more than 90 EU NGOs established to ensure the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU and its Member States, has criticised today’s publication of the EC Commission’s Communication entitled “Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability.”
At the climate conference in Marrakech which is coming to an end, all countries have reaffirmed their collective commitment to implement all elements of the Paris Agreement. While concrete outcomes of the talks remain modest, some key elements of the implementation of the Paris Agreement moved forward, including that the so called “Paris Rulebook” will be complete in 2018.
Press Release Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
[Marrakech 16 November 2016] With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly.