Are EU member-states in Southeast Europe ready for timely and just transition beyond coal? For the Western Balkans, membership hopefuls, the question is how much longer can public subsidies and Chinese loans keep coal zombie alive at growing cost to health, livelihoods, and the environment?
As Europe’s energy system transitions, its infrastructure needs are also changing. The need to reflect higher climate and energy targets, to accelerate the phase out of all fossil fuels, and build out of renewable energy, the role of decentralised technologies and the need to support a more democratically-owned energy system are new features of the changing landscape. It is imperative that the trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E) regulation is revised to reflect these new realities and supports the European energy transition. This briefing explains why the revised TEN-E regulation must exclude fossil gas projects while mentioning issues that are also relevant for electricity projects.
The report "EU funds for a Green Recovery: Recommendations for Member States to steer EU regional and recovery funding towards climate neutrality", published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network, identifies concrete investment proposals as listed in National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) of 14 Member States to be funded in order to ensure a green recovery.
The PAC scenario illustrates a pathway for the transition of the EU’s energy system that is in line with EU leaders’ commitment to the Paris Agreement.
The global pandemic shock shows us Europe is not resilient. The EU needs to use its answer to this as an opportunity to make sure societies recover in a manner that does not deepen but reduce the damage of the ongoing climate crisis. The time is now that the EU jointly addresses the economic and the environmental challenge through rapidly building an energy system that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 65% in the year 2030.
This briefing provides an assessment of the European Commission proposal ‘The EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe’ and analyses a number of new and revised pieces of legislation for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27 and Next Generation EU 2021-24.
The report coordinated by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and ZERO looks into the final National energy and Climate Plans of 15 Member States and assesses how much final NECPs are improved compared to the draft ones and analyses the opportunities and gaps arising from the final NECPs. The report indicates that a number of countries made some improvements in their final NECPs, both in terms of targets and of policies and measures. However, these improvements are not enough to catalyse the energy transition required to achieve the long term objective of the Paris Agreement.
You can download the report here: pdf Opportunities and Gaps in Final NECPs (2.36 MB)
COVID-19 hit European citizens and the economy very hard. Today, Europe is facing an unprecedented economic shock. Governments are taking bold steps to alleviate negative impacts on society and to prevent a collapse of the economy. Europe is facing a recession and the EU and Member States are developing measures aimed at longer-term economic recovery.
The economic measures currently being developed are much needed in the fight against the health and economic crises provoked by the coronavirus. However, they also represent an opportunity for EU Member States to address both the economic and climate crises by putting the transition to climate neutrality at the heart of these recovery measures.
This media briefing discusses how economic recovery packages can support the early transition to low carbon economies in Europe. In addition, it looks into the EU’s Long Term Strategy, the coherence between the EU’s and Member States’ national Long Term Strategies and how the ambition level of these strategies can be increased with sustainable stimulus packages, aimed at achieving the Paris Agreement goals.
You can download the briefing here : pdf EU and National Long Term Strategies (378 KB)
The report "Funding climate and energy transition in the EU: the untapped potential of regional funds" shows that in the current EU budget cycle 2014-2020, only an average of 9,7% of Cohesion Policy (infrastructure relevant) funding has been invested in clean energy solutions. It also includes country assessments for Estonia, France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland. These country assessments are unveiling that main beneficiaries of the EU budget, particularly CEE and Southern European regions are also the ones that spend the least on clean energy infrastructure.
Global Coal Plant Tracker’a (Küresel Kömür Santrali Takipçisi-GCPT) göre 2019 yılı, kömüre dayalı elektrik üretimine dair tüm belli başlı büyüme göstergelerinde büyük düşüş görülen ardı ardına dördüncü yıl olarak kayda geçti.
The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) is the financial arm of the European Green Deal, created for financing European economies’ transition to zero-carbon emissions and expected to mobilise at least €1 trillion over the next decade. A key element of the plan is the creation of a Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) aimed at supporting those carbon intensive regions of the EU - such as coal-mining areas - where moving to climate neutrality will be more complex.