Press Releases

EU: Put your weight behind renewables

Call for 100% renewables for people and climate ahead of Paris talks

*** Print quality images available from 1pm at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwf_eu/sets/72157658002361661 ***

Today, outside the meeting of Europe’s Environment Ministers discussing the EU’s negotiating position for global climate talks in Paris in December, climate groups [1] staged a symbolic ‘tug-of-war’ between polluting fossil fuels and renewable energy [2]. They called for EU governments to join the side of citizens and build a 100% renewable future.

Today’s meeting is expected to reconfirm the EU’s existing emission reduction targets as its pledge for climate action at the Paris talks. The EU has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. However, this level of cuts does not represent the EU's fair share of the global effort to limit global warming to well below 2°C and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe, said: “We call European leaders to ratchet up Europe’s climate targets, so that they reflect the urgency of a shift to a fully renewable energy system. European leaders have to make clear what they will bring to the negotiating table in Paris, in terms of Europe's ambitions to reduce emissions before and after 2020 and financial support for climate action in developing countries. We expect the EU to support the call from poorest countries for a full decarbonization of our economy by the middle of this century. The EU must pave the way for an agreement which will speed up the phase out of fossil fuels.”

Climate groups believe Europe has the potential and the responsibility to do more to speed-up the energy transition, and they want the EU to increase its efforts to tackle climate change for the benefit of the climate and citizens across the world. They say that the Paris summit can help end reliance on fossil fuels and reshape the energy system.

Daan Creupelandt from Belgium’s biggest renewable energy cooperative, Ecopower, said: “Ordinary people – like the 50,000 members of our energy cooperative in Belgium – are already showing that communities can come together to control and run their own renewable energy. If Europe puts its weight behind the people’s energy transition many more projects like ours can flourish.”

World governments are expected to reach a new international climate change agreement at the United Nations climate talks in Paris in December.

---
[1] Change Partnership, Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Nature Code, Oxfam, Transport & Environment and WWF

[2] Print quality images of the stunt will be available from 1pm at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwf_eu/sets/72157658002361661

Contact details:

Change Partnership, Sanjeev Kumar, sanjeev@changepartnership.org, +32 499 539731
Climate Action Network Europe, Ania Drazkiewicz, ania@caneurope.org, +32 494 52 57 38
Friends of the Earth Europe, Francesca Gater, francesca.gater@foeeurope.org, +32 485 93 05 15
Greenpeace, Luisa Colasimone, luisa.colasimone@greenpeace.org, +32 476 98 85 84
Nature Code - Andrew Coiley, andrew.coiley@naturecode.org, +32 483 65 50 78
Oxfam, - Joanna Sullivan, joanna.sullivan@oxfaminternational.org, +32 474 34 94 58
Transport & Environment, Nico Muzi, nico.muzi@transportenvironment.org, +32 484 27 87 91
WWF, Audrey Gueudet, agueudet@wwf.eu, +32 494 03 20 27

Contact Communications

ANIA

Ania Drążkiewicz
Head of Communications
ania /at/ caneurope.org
Work: +32 2894 4675
Mobile: +32 494 525 738 

Nicolas

Nicolas Derobert
Communications Coordinator 
nicolas /at/ caneurope.org 
Work: +32 2894 4673
Mobile: +32 483 621 888

sv1

Stevan Vujasinović
Communications Coordinator for Southeast Europe
stevan /at/ caneurope.org 
Mobile: +381 (0)63 390 218

sv1

Goksen Sahin
Communications Coordinator
goksen /at/ caneurope.org 
Work: +32 2893 0827
Mobile: +32 468 453 920

CANEurope NEW📣: Spotlight Report on Sustainability in EU: Who is paying the bill? The report sheds light on the downside of… https://t.co/Y1lMTSYqDx
22hreplyretweetfavorite
CANEurope RT @EurBeyondCoal: The transition to a sustainable economy affects everyone, yet EU governments prefer to conduct the transition behind clo…
CANEurope RT @Dana_Drugmand: EU Families Appeal ‘People’s Climate Case’ Dismissal https://t.co/O5tcv3YUcM via @climatelawnews #climatelitigation #hum