CO2 emissions from coal power plants in the EU are undermining climate efforts, reveals the Europe’s Dirty 30 report, released today by CAN Europe, WWF, the European Environmental Bureau, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Climate Alliance Germany.
On June 26-27, European Political leaders are meeting in Belgium to agree on a concrete Action Plan to tackle Energy Security, an issue of increased concern since the crisis in Ukraine emerged last March.
In a report released this week  at a high level meeting of the Energy Community , CAN Europe and other NGOs  called for more transparency, a level playing field for energy investments and decent environmental standards in Southeast Europe. The report represents the agreed position of the NGOs towards the Energy Community.
With less than two weeks to go until EU citizens elect a new European Parliament, 277 MEP candidates have declared their support for urgent action on climate and energy through signing CAN Europe's Climate Pledge. Candidates from all of the big five European political groups have pledged their support for urgent action on climate and energy . The signed up candidates, coming from 24 out of the 28 member states, have committed to taking immediate action on climate change should they be elected for the new term .
The European Commission (EC)'s February decision to allow Polish state owned energy company PGE to continue operating two outdated production units at Belchatow, Europe's largest coal power plant and biggest CO2 emitter, is being challenged by NGOs. According to a letter two groups sent recently to the EC (1), the Commission's decision ignores a previous agreement the plant operator made with lenders to shut down two units by the end of 2015.
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today launched a new set of 28 scorecards that rank national political parties and MEPs on their climate and energy performance in the European Parliamentary term 2009-14. It cuts through political rhetoric and enables European citizens to see the climate actions that their elected representatives have supported, challenged or ignored.  CAN Europe’s analysis is unique in that it examines MEP performance based on votes solely related to climate change and energy.
EU leaders have been handed a warning by the world's leading climate scientists that our society is vastly underprepared to deal with the risks posed by unavoidable climate change impacts.
CAN Europe  is shocked that EU Heads of State failed today to recognise the urgency of the climate crisis, just ahead of the release of a new IPCC scientific report warning that climate impacts are much more severe than previously thought. 
CAN Europe and WWF welcomed today’s final approval by EU ministers for the “backloading” measure that will temporarily withdraw 900 million pollution permits from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). After almost a year and a half of wrangling, the temporary “quick fix” for the glut of permits on the EU’s carbon market finally nears implementation with EU Member States backing the measure by an overwhelming majority.