In September 2016 the European Commission published its proposal for the prolongation of the EFSI until
2020, to be achieved by amending the existing regulation. We welcome several improvements. However,
as organisations monitoring closely the creation and implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe,
we believe that the proposed changes are not sufficient to genuinely tackle the challenges and
shortcomings identified in the EFSI first year of operations.
Effective emissions limits could save thousands of lives every year, yet more than half of coal power stations in Europe are operating with ‘permission to pollute’ above limits set in EU law. These are the findings of a new report ‘Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives’ published by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF and Sandbag.
The European Fund for Strategic Investments was established in 2015 to power-charge post-crisis Europe and provide a much-needed impulse for de-carbonising its economies. Yet, a the new report by CAN Europe, CEE Bankwatch, WWF, Friends of th Earth Europe shows that during its first year, the fund leveraged EUR 1.5 billion for fossil fuel infrastructure, and 68% of transport investment is destined for carbon-intensive projects.
Ahead of the 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou, China 4-5 September CAN Europe published a briefing on the EU's funding for fossil fuels.
CAN Europe has done a first analyisis of the Commission's proposal on non-ETS emissions for 2021-2030.
This briefing discusses the loopholes that some countries are pushing for in order to reduce the efforts they would have to make to cut emissions in the non-ETS sectors.
The pdf CAN Europe briefing: No cheating from the start (233 KB) shows that opting for a more ambitious approach for the starting level of reducitons in the non-ETS sectors would cut greenhouse gases by at least 850 million tonnes - more than the 2014 emissions of Germany and France combined.
In this briefing CAN Europe stresses the EU's important role in maintaining the momentum created in Paris for strengthened climate action, and the European Parliament has a particular role in ensuring higher ambition in the EU. With a view to the debate in the Environment Committee on the COP22 Resolution this briefing outlines CAN Europe’s priorities after Paris and on the road to Marrakech.
This report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag presents an analysis of cross-border health impacts of all EU coal power plants. Coal pollution and its health impacts travel far beyond borders, and a full coal phase-out in the EU would bring enormous benefits for all citizens across the continent.