In a submission to the public consultation that marks the first step towards the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), Climate Action Network Europe urges the European Commission to make a pitch for increasing the 2030 energy savings target to 40%. It also advocates for eliminating the accounting tricks written into the Directive, which allow national governments to lower the level of required savings by almost a half.
The new global climate agreement that has been finalized in Paris today sends a strong signal that we need to accelerate phasing out the use of fossil fuels. Lots of work remains to be done to increase climate action in the short term.
As the 196 countries have entered the final stretch of the Paris climate talks today, the EU received the fossil of the day award from Climate Action Network. The award seeks to encourage EU leaders to walk the talk and push for the strongest climate agreement possible.
The millennium started with a lost decade in terms of climate protection and, as indicated in the eleventh edition of the pdf Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) (3.25 MB), global emissions were still growing in 2013. For 2014, there are signs of a slowdown or even a halt of this trend.
Rules for implementation of the Financial Transaction Tax, which are expected to be agreed upon by 11 EU Member States on the 7th or 8th of December, can open up a new and additional source of public climate finance. This would give a strong signal to developing countries that actions are taken to continue to increase public climate finance in a predictable way and thus smooth the path towards a new climate deal in Paris.
The Ministers attending the high-level segment of the UN climate talks in Paris starting today need to ensure that the Paris agreement does not lock us on a path to catastrophic 3°C warming.
Europe’s political leaders must dramatically ramp up efforts to phase out polluting coal plants if they are serious about preventing dangerous climate change, a new report shows.
Denmark’s government U-Turn on ambitious climate targets earned the country the shameful 1st place Fossil of the Day Award at the Paris climate summit today. The dubious award was handed down to Denmark for stating that it will reduce its ambitious climate targets and nearly halve financial support provided to empower developing countries in their efforts to tackle climate change.
Governments from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, united in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) representing countries highly vulnerable to climate change, published today a joint declaration, demanding that the Paris agreement includes a global goal consistent with keeping temperature rise below 1.5°C. They are calling for full decarbonisation and 100% renewable energy production globally by 2050.
On the very first day of the Paris climate summit, Belgium won the shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to Belgium for stumbling on internal divisions, which is blocking its climate action.