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  • 02.12.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) recognised as Europe's leading network working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and results-driven staff member to Coordinate our network and outreach team and fundraising activities in Brussels (remote location, in particular in eastern and southern Europe, also possible). The job includes strategic and operational tasks. The successful candidate will be a key team member charged with meeting our organisation’s needs, mission and goals.

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  • 02.12.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Action Network (CAN Europe) recognised as Europe's leading network working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and results-driven EU Climate & Energy Policy Coordinator to join our team in Brussels. 

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  • 02.12.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Action Network (CAN Europe) recognised as Europe's leading network working on climate and energy issues is currently seeking an experienced and dynamic Communications Coordinator to join our team in Brussels.  This position will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to be at the centre of the largest movement for global change that will affect people and the planet for centuries to come.

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  • 30.11.2016 | Press Releases
    The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package released by the European Commission today is not consistent with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and disregards the fact that the climate crisis poses an urgent existential threat. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the package will not help the EU reap the benefits of a shift to a fully renewable and efficient energy system.

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  • 28.11.2016 | Press Releases
    MEDIA ADVISORY Brussels, 28 November 2016, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 30 November, the European Commission is expected to publish its winter package, a long-awaited, key piece of the Energy Union strategy. According to environmental groups, leaked documents show that the package will likely disregard the Paris Agreement and fall well short of what the EU needs to do to pull its weight in the fight against climate change.

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  • 23.11.2016 | Press Releases
    PRESS RELEASE / SDG WATCH EUROPE / BRUSSELS / 23 NOVEMBER 2016 SDG Watch Europe, a civil society alliance of more than 90 EU NGOs established to ensure the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU and its Member States, has criticised today’s publication of the EC Commission’s Communication entitled “Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability.”

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  • 23.11.2016 | Blogs
    As COP22 in Marrakech has come to a close, one can clearly note the same ugly issues raising their heads when it comes to financial support for climate action. Previous blogs in this section have documented throughout the years the diversions of opinion, disagreements of approach and the inherent lack of trust between developing and developed countries when it comes to climate finance. And this blog won’t tell a very different story.

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  • 22.11.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    31 organisations and networks working on a coal free Europe call on Members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament to vote for a meaningful revision of the EU’s Emission Trading System (EU ETS) that supports the rapid decarbonisation of Europe’s energy systems and transition away from coal in line with the Paris agreement and the leadership role EU is aspiring to play in global climate policy.

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  • 18.11.2016 | Press Releases
    At the climate conference in Marrakech which is coming to an end, all countries have reaffirmed their collective commitment to implement all elements of the Paris Agreement. While concrete outcomes of the talks remain modest, some key elements of the implementation of the Paris Agreement moved forward, including that the so called “Paris Rulebook” will be complete in 2018.

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  • 16.11.2016 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter No.3 - November 2016: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 16.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly. On the policy-side, the CCPI still tracks a lack of ambition in many countries but some are catching up this year.

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  • 15.11.2016 | Press Releases
    Press Release Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe Global energy transition has started Emerging economies catch up / European countries lose speed / Japan, Australia and Canada worst performers of all industrialized countries [Marrakech 16 November 2016] With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly.

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  • 15.11.2016 | Press Releases
    [Marrakech 15 November 2016] The European Commission received the “Fossil of the Day Award” from Climate Action Network at the UN Climate Summit in Marrakech today. The Commission was given the award for the inconsistency between its rhetoric at the international climate negotiations and failure to walk the talk at home while preparing the future EU energy legislation.

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  • 10.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    In this briefing CAN Europe reviews and compares the amendments tabled in the European Parliament's ENVI Committee which concern environmental ambition in the EU ETS. 

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  • 09.11.2016 | Press Releases
    The result of the US elections has just been announced.In reaction, Ulriikka Aarnio, International Climate Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 08.11.2016 | Press Releases
    Belgrade, Brussels, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Zagreb, 8 November 2016 – Coal continues to dominate the energy systems of the Western Balkan countries aspiring to become EU members, while the uptake of renewable energy has been extremely slow. These are the main conclusions of a new scorecard report launched today by a group of NGOs (1), ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s annual enlargement reports scheduled for tomorrow. 

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  • 04.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing analyses the future of the climate policy in the Western Balkans. 

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  • 04.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This analysis highlights a number of key pathways within the Paris Agreement that governments can use to support the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.

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  • 03.11.2016 | Press Releases
    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report 2016 published today is yet another proof that ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement require stronger short term action already before 2020 and deeper emission cuts in the period until 2030.

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  • 02.11.2016 | Press Releases
    Since the Paris Agreement was struck at the global climate Summit in Paris (21st Conference of the Parties to the Un Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21) last year, countries have come together at an unprecedented rate to ensure its early into force. To make sure discussions about the implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as action before 2020 can move swiftly forward at COP22, starting 7 November in Marrakech, CAN Europe calls upon the EU to bring a concrete plan for how it will ensure increased climate ambition.

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  • 27.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    Here you can find Climate Action Network´s Annual Policy Document 2016, published ahead of COP22 in Marrakech.

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  • 26.10.2016 | Blogs
    Today, a consortium of NGOs led by CONCORD Europe jointly published its ‘AidWatch’ report which tracks aid from EU Member States to developing country partners, as part of their international commitment to address global poverty and inequality through financial support. The report seeks to enhance the transparency and effectiveness of financial flows towards enhanced and sustainable development. This year, the report has included a section on climate financing as part of overall development flows.

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  • 24.10.2016 | Blogs
    In July 2016, the European Commission published their proposal for a regulation for CO2 emissions form the land-use (LULUCF) sectors.It contains three different ways of accounting for emissions or removals. We explain what they are and why having such a mixed bag isn't good.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This report shows that by shifting to a low-carbon, 100% renewable pathway, fastly emerging economies like Turkey will benefit from a strongly reduced dependency on fossil fuel imports, will save lives through reduced pollution and will create more sustainable, green and qualified jobs that could have a major positive impact on the country’s developmental vision.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Op-eds
    Business as usual is not good enough anymore. For the EU to stay at the top of the class on climate action, it urgently needs to review its targets and boost its post-2020 efforts, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 19.10.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This set of infographics were developed together with the release of the report Co-benefits of Climate Action - Assessing Turkey's Climate Pledge.

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  • 18.10.2016 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter No.2 - October 2016: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 18.10.2016 | Blogs
    The Global Wind Energy Council, representing wind energy industry worldwide published its bi-annual flagship Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016 today.

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  • 17.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Developed countries today published a roadmap which shows how the collective goal of providing $100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries tackle climate change will be met. 

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  • 17.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In this letter CAN Europe, E3G, EKOenergy, Greenpeace and WWF urge Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, to end the trade measures on imported solar panels immediately through the Expiry Review.

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  • 13.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    In September 2016 the European Commission published its proposal for the prolongation of the EFSI until2020, 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 andshortcomings identified in the EFSI first year of operations.

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  • 12.10.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) voted today on a new Directive to redesign the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the coming decade. However, according to CAN Europe the lacklustre compromises reached between the major political groups have done little to repair the broken scheme or align Europe’s emissions trajectory with the global temperature goals it committed to under the Paris Agreement.

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  • 11.10.2016 | Press Releases
    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 today by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF and Sandbag.

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  • 11.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Finance ministers met today in Luxembourg to discuss climate finance, just one month ahead of the next international climate summit COP22 in Marrakech. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the re-iteration by finance ministers to continue to provide public finance to tackle both the causes and impacts of climate change. But despite the rehashed pledge, EU Member States must provide much more clarity on how support for international climate action will be scaled up.

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  • 11.10.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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.

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  • 10.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Brussels, October 6th 2016 Dear Minister, In advance of the upcoming ECOFIN Council on October 11th, Climate Action Network Europe calls on you to adopt an ambitious and forward-thinking position on climate finance. The Paris Agreement has indicated the need for rapid ramp up of climate finance in the pre-2020 period, where early action and support will result in long lasting positive benefits for all countries. We set out key recommendations towards delivering effective climate finance:

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  • 09.10.2016 | Press Releases
    New infographic published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today shows the huge discrepancy between what companies have to pay for carbon pollution under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and how much it costs EU citizens.

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  • 08.10.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    The infographic shows the huge discrepancy between what companies have to pay for their climate pollution and how much it costs citizens.

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  • 07.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    5 October 2016 Dear Members and Alternate Members of the Board – We are writing to state our unequivocal opposition to the accreditation of any export credit agency (ECA) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). By design, ECAs are meant to promote exports and job creation in the home country rather than the recipient country. Whether from a developed or developing country, their accreditation would thus be inconsistent with -- and may be in direct conflict with -- the mission and core principles of the GCF, including promoting country ownership, local sustainable development benefits, the efficient use of GCF resources, and the Fund's international competitive bidding requirements.

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  • 06.10.2016 | Press Releases
    Lawmakers inch towards fixing the broken carbon market The bulk of the work left to the environment committee Members of the European Parliament’s industry committee (ITRE) today put forward compromise amendments concerning new legislation for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The draft compromise will be subject to the committee’s vote on 13 October.

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  • 05.10.2016 | Press Releases
    The EU’s decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement without all Members States having formally joined has helped ensure its early entry into force. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome this historic achievement by the global community, and urges EU leaders to immediately turn their attention to the necessary steps that now need to be taken to live up to the objectives of the agreement.

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  • 05.10.2016 | Blogs
    On October 8th 2016, Members of the European Parliament's ENVI committee will vote on their position on the reform of Europe’s main climate policy: EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS). They will decide whether to make the polluters pay or let them off the hook. 

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  • 05.10.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to align the EU’s targets with the Paris Agreement, ambition in the ESR sectors must be raised considerably. CAN Europe calls for a reduction target of at least 47% in non-ETS sectors by 2030.

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  • 03.10.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    3 networks and 21 organizations representing almost 50 million citizens across Europe, called on Members of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament to vote for an ambitious revision of the EU’s Emission Trading System (EU ETS) that supports a rapid phase out of fossil fuels, in particular coal.

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  • 30.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Environment Ministers of all EU member states have today agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement through a process which allows the EU to deposit its instrument before the EU countries approve it separately. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes this exceptional move and calls upon the EU to show the same commitment to increase its climate action in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 29.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Getting it straight: EU ratification of the Paris Agreement. Today, CAN Europe organised an online press briefing ahead of the Extraordinary Environment Council which takes place 30 September in Brussels.

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  • 28.09.2016 | Reports & Briefs
      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.

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  • 26.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Members of the European Parliament from all major political parties tabled amendments for strengthening the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme post-2020. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomed this development, but stressed that only the most ambitious amendments are in keeping with Europe’s environmental obligations.

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  • 26.09.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    This paper looks at the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) starting point in 2021 and how it affects the ETS phase 4 emissions budget.

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  • 26.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Cash that should be flowing into projects that boost environmental sustainability is instead fuelling outdated carbon-intensive projects like motorways, airports, and fossil-fuel infrastructure, according to a new report on Europe’s investment plan released today [1].

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  • 20.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Today, at the special high-level event on entry into force of the Paris Agreement at the UN Headquarters in New York, several countries deposited their ratification instruments. Others, including the EU, announced that they will do so before the end of this year. 

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  • 20.09.2016 | Blogs
    'Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Europe' Newsletter: A monthly update on policy development, campaigning and communications

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  • 16.09.2016 | Press Releases
    As the EU-27 gather in Bratislava today, leading environmental organisations call for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum [1].

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  • 14.09.2016 | Press Releases
    What should have been two significant contributions to Europe’s war chest in the fight against climate change will in fact leave the planet short-changed and open the door to even more polluting fossil fuel projects, argue campaigners at Bankwatch, Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe.

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  • 09.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Commenting on a leaked draft of the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive proposal Dora Petroula, Energy Savings Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • 08.09.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has today voted on a resolution on the upcoming COP22, urging the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement before the end of this year and calling for revision of its 2030 climate target in 2018.

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  • 05.09.2016 | Press Releases
    Climate change was high on the agenda as leaders of the world’s largest economies met for the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. But the communiqué released today once again lacks a deadline for when to phase out subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe calls upon Germany, as next G20 chair and the EU as a whole to take necessary steps to both agree on a rapid phase out of subsidies globally and walk the talk in Europe.

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
    Fossil fuel subsidies distort markets and dis-incentivise investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. They impose large fiscal costs on governments and drain scarce financial resources away from key sectors such as education and health care. In addition, these subsidies negatively impact local environments and water sources and cause illness and premature deaths due to local air pollution and heightened congestion. Despite the overwhelming evidence against fossil fuel subsidies, governments around the world continue to pump approximately EUR 520 billion per year into polluting fuels such as coal, oil, gas and diesel. The figures speak louder than words: billions of euros of public finance are still being provided to polluting industry, superseding all support for renewable energy and international climate finance which protects our communities against the very impacts of burning fossil fuels. What is the political situation? In 2009, G20 leaders committed to “rationalize

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
    On this page you find NGO reports and publications related to the issue of shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidies. For all shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidy related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
    Here we collect a sample of the media coverage of the topics shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidies. 

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  • 01.09.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    On this page you can find visual material produced by CAN Europe on the topic of fossil fuel subsidies phase out and shifting financial flows. 

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  • 01.09.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe works on a number of topic areas which are related to shifting finance away from fossil fuels: Shifting Financial Flows Climate Finance & Sustainable Development

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  • 31.08.2016 | Blogs
    EU decision makers are currently discussing how to reform the EU ETS for the post 2020 period. In July 2015, the European Commission released its proposal on the reform.

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  • 31.08.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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.

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  • 31.08.2016 | Press Releases
    EU financial institutions and funds channel billions of euros into fossil fuel projects, while EU policies and laws allow for yet more public money to flow into fossil fuels through the back door. This is the conclusion of a briefing on the various forms of fossil fuel subsidies in the EU, published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today, ahead of the upcoming G20 summit where the topic will be discussed.

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  • 31.08.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to European Commission President Juncker & European Council President Tusk and CC: EU-28 Heads of State & Government ahead of the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. 

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  • 18.08.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    Submissions to EU consultation on External Development will be used to inform the way forward on the revision of the European Consensus on Development and other external aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation. The consultation seek views on how development policy, in the context of EU external action as foreseen by the Lisbon Treaty, should respond to the range of landmark 2015 summits and conferences, and also to the rapid changes happening in the world.

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  • 02.08.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe, Europe's largest coalition working on climate and energy issues, is currently seeking a highly motivated and dynamic colleague to join our team in Berlin as an Energy Analyst. 

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  • 29.07.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Submission - Elaborating Modalities of Accounting for Climate Finance

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  • 21.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe has done a first analyisis of the Commission's proposal on non-ETS emissions for 2021-2030. 

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  • 19.07.2016 | Press Releases
    European Commission misses opportunity to put in place a ratchet-up mechanism and to set an ambitious starting point for reductions. EU countries’ climate targets, included in the proposal for the Effort Sharing Regulation published by the European Commission today are too weak to prevent devastating climate change in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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  • 17.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAn Europe co-signed the following letter to President Junker on LULUCF and the starting Point in the non-ETS sectors.

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  • 15.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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.

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  • 13.07.2016 | Press Releases
    Commission’s proposal for post-2020 emission cuts likely to reward countries who will miss their 2020 target.  The European Commission’s proposal for post-2020 reductions of emissions outside the Emission Trading Scheme risks rewarding countries who are not on track or slow in reaching their current binding target for 2020. 

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  • 13.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The CAN Europe briefing: No cheating from the start 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.

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  • 13.07.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    The following visuals were developed for our Climate Finance & Fossil Fuel Subsidies campaigns

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  • 10.07.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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.

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  • 06.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe and ETUC sent the following letter to the Slovakian Minister Solymos and Vice-President Šefcovic ahead of the Informal Environment Council on 12-13 July 2016, where the chemical industry is the only stakeholder invited to address the meeting of ministers, while representatives from civil society are not.

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  • 06.07.2016 | Press Releases
    The European Commission must listen to the European Parliament calling for an EU budget that works for people and the planet – according to CEE Bankwatch Network, Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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  • 05.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Energy Ministers ahead of the Informal Environment Council on 12-13 July 2016

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  • 05.07.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Energy Ministers ahead of the Informal Energy Council on 12-13 July 2016

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  • 03.07.2016 | Blogs
    The origins of the concept of climate finance in the context of the UN climate negotiations and the UNFCCC Agreement to provide it.

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  • 03.07.2016 | Blogs
    Building on one of the assertions made in the Copenhagen Accord – ‘including alternative sources of finance’ – CAN Europe believes that the EU could lead a more ambitious way to increasing its climate finance support through implementing a number of measures that would generate revenues for EU governments.

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  • 01.07.2016 | Blogs
    As a short-term measure the Commission postponed the auctioning of 900 million allowances until 2019-2020.

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  • 29.06.2016 | Press Releases
    First ever 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. That is according to a new report published today by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag.

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  • 29.06.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    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. 

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  • 27.06.2016 | Press Releases
    More than 200 civil society organisations have joined together to urge G20 governments to commit to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2020. The statement comes ahead of this week’s meeting of the G20 energy ministers, including from Germany, the UK, France and Italy and the EU Commissioner for Climate Action discussing investments in sustainable energy.

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  • 27.06.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe signed on to the following NGO letter to call on the G20 countires to implement a fossil fuel subsidy phase out.

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  • 22.06.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    The infographic was developed by WWF ahead of the Council meeting in June 2016 to highlight the five most urgent fixes that the ETS needs.

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  • 20.06.2016 | Press Releases
    Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) after 2020 today acknowledged that the Paris Agreement created new conditions for this process, and called for ensuring that a review of the level of ambition in the ETS takes place in the near future.

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  • 17.06.2016 | Op-eds
    Environment Council meeting on Monday should be used to demand deeper reform, or risk locking in low ambition for 15 years

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  • 16.06.2016 | Op-eds
    CAN Europe chief responds to comments by European Parliament's lead ETS reform rapporteur Ian Duncan.

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  • 14.06.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Environment Ministers ahead of the June 2016 Envi Council meeting

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  • 10.06.2016 | Press Releases
    The proposal for ratification of the Paris Agreement published today by the European Commission ahead of original schedule reflects growing political will to secure a rapid ratification of the landmark Agreement in the EU.

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  • 09.06.2016 | Blogs
    Some market fundamentalists make that a simple price on carbon (ie an ETS) can fix everything. This is simply wrong, has been proven wrong by many studies and it will remain wrong no matter how often this myth is repeated.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Within the EU and across the European neighbourhood, financial support for fossil fuels has gained increasing attention in recent years, both at country level and across the EU’s financial institutions and policy processes. Numerous actors across the EU recognise that fossil fuel subsidies need to become a thing of the past. But the EU is yet to tie together how all the strands of financial support for fossil fuels can be equitably and quickly phased out across EU Member States and neighbouring countries. 

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    The success of the ETS revision hinges on its ability to make the polluter pay, rather than paying the polluter. Handing out free pollution permits contradicts the EU Treaty principle that polluters should pay.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external Turkey climate & energy resources. For all Turkey climate & energy related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external South East Europe climate and energy resources. For all South East Europe climate and energyrelated CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external climate finance & sustainable development resources. For all climate finance & sustainable development related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external renewable energy resources. For all renewable energy related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external climate & energy targets resources. For all climate & energy targets related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe's Coal team has currently five staff members based in Belgium, Germany and Poland.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Most of the new coal plants under construction or recently commissioned were given their construction permits before 2008. Since then, a majority of plans to build new coal power stations have in fact been shelved.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    The EU 28 is still heavily reliant on coal. In 2013, the share of electricity from hard coal and lignite was at 26% (Source: EEA), produced in the region’s 280 operational coal power stations.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external 'shifting financial flows' resources from governmental or intergovernmental bodies, including data and policy development. For all shifting financial flows and fossil fuel subsidy related CAN Europe publications, go here. 

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external LULUCF resources. For all LULUCF related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external ESD resources. For all ESD related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external ETS resources. For all ETS related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 05.06.2016 | Blogs
    Here you find a range of useful external coal resources. For all coal related CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • 02.06.2016 | Op-eds
    Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme urgently needs to be reformed and now is the last chance to do so. It is also a chance for the Parliament to show it is serious about COP21. The current draft fails in this regard, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 31.05.2016 | Press Releases
    Member of the European Parliament in charge of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reform file for the Parliament’s Environment Committee, Ian Duncan has just released his draft proposal for the reform of the ETS after 2020.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe commissioned a study that looked at carbon leakage claims in the cement sector and found evidence that emissions increased because of free allocation.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 stresses the importance of strong national targets that are agreed well in advance of the first Paris review in 2018

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  • 28.05.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Letter to ensure that the 2030 Effort Sharing Decision, the EU's largest climate instrument, is fit for purpose.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides an overview of CAN Europe's position for the post 2020 ETS reforms.

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  • 28.05.2016 | Blogs
    The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the world’s largest carbon market, covering more than 11 000 industrial and power plants in the EU-28, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EU ETS covers about 40% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 26.05.2016 | Blogs
    On 24th May, the Members of the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee restated the Parliament’s long-standing call for boosting ambition of the EU 2030 energy savings target to 40%, voting for an own initiative report on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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  • 23.05.2016 | Blogs
    All countries of Southeast Europe are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and have signed up to the Paris Agreement. Becuase they all seek to join the EU well before 2030, their climate pledges should be in line with the EU’s target - currently set to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

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  • 23.05.2016 | Blogs
    CAN Europe supports regional NGOs working on promoting the solutions for South East Europe’s energy future: energy efficiency and 100% sustainable renewables. We are part of South East Europe Sustainable Energy Partnership (SEE SEP), a group of 18 NGOs who developed an energy model for 7 countries of Southeast Euope and the region as a whole.

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  • 21.05.2016 | Blogs
    In 2003, at the Thessaloniki Summit, the European leaders com­mitted to help the integration of the remain­ing Southeast European states into the EU. The promised EU membership is highly conditional – it is only granted if countries meet all economic and political crite­ria, and align their policies with the EU, including the ones on energy, climate and environment.

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  • 21.05.2016 | Blogs
    The Energy Community is an intergovernmental organization dealing with energy policy in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region.

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  • 21.05.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on market-based measures to reduce the climate change impact from international aviation.

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  • 09.05.2016 | Blogs
    The Paris Agreement requires the EU to speed up the ongoing transition away from polluting fossil fuels and towards 100% renewables. The goals of the Agreement to achieve a carbon free economy fast enough to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree C mean vast new opportunities for jobs and competitiveness, but also some challenges in terms of ensuring the sustainability of the energy systems.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation a sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Energy Union was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the Energy Union and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on Energy Efficiency Directive was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on Energy Efficiency Directive and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on coal phase out was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on coal phase out and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on LULUCF and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Multi-annual Financial Framework was developed in autumn 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the Multi-annual Financial Framework and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was struck in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on national targets for non-ETS emissions was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on national targets for non-ETS emissions and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the renewables directive was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the renewables directive and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the review of the 2030 target was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the review of the 2030 target and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the low-carbon roadmap was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the low-carbon roadmap and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the European Semester was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the European Semester and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on South East Europe was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on South East Europe and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on vehicle efficiency standards was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on vehicle efficiency standards and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Financial Transaction Tax was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the Financial Transaction Tax and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the Effort Sharing Decision was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on Effort Sharing Decision and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The briefing on the ETS was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on the ETS and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The following briefings were developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on EU climate and energy policy topics and their relevance after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • 28.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides an overview of CAN Europe's position for the post 2020 ETS reforms.

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  • 27.04.2016 | Blogs
    The EU Court of Justice finds that the cap on free allowances might have been set too high by the Commission. Allowances will need to be recalculated in the next 10 months.

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  • 26.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides an overview oincreasing the EU's climate and energy ambition

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  • 26.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 presents the reasons why a timely decision on the national targets for the non-ETS sectors is vital.

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  • 26.04.2016 | Presentations & Infographics
    This ppt from the CAN Europe Assembly in April 2016 provides a summary of Turkey's lack of climate ambition.

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  • 26.04.2016 | Blogs
    At the Paris Agreement signing ceremony last week, the French President François Hollande announced that France will use Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) to increase its support for climate action in developing countries. It is a praiseworthy commitment, but the necessary funds will only be generated, if countries involved in the FTT negotiations work together to finally establish and operationalise it. Final agreement on the FTT is expected in June. Other countries should follow in France’s footsteps and allocate at least half of the revenues to climate and development.

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  • 21.04.2016 | Op-eds
    To show leadership abroad, the EU must show its credentials through commitment to action. 2016 offers the perfect moment to do this, by pushing through a significant package of climate and energy legislation, write Montserrat Mir, Wendel Trio and Eliot Whittington.

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  • 21.04.2016 | Blogs
    On the basis of an overview of existing scenarios, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 2007, highlighted that in order to keep temperature rise to below 2°C, industrialised countries would need to reduce their emission by 80% to 95% by 2050. The European Member States agreed in 2009 that they would reduce their emission by 80 to 95% by 2050.

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  • 20.04.2016 | Blogs
    Turkey submitted its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC) in September 2015, just a couple of months before hosting the G20 Summit in Antalya.

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  • 20.04.2016 | Blogs
    Many European countries have established targets for 2020 for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for increasing the use of renewable energy or for reducing energy consumption.

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  • 20.04.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The following letter was sent to EU Heads of State and Government.

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  • 19.04.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    With over 60% of EU’s renewable energy coming from bioenergy (only partly subject to sustainability criteria and greenhouse gas accounting), the Renewable Energy Directive has only partially helped achieving the EU’s energy and climate goals. Without appropriate planning and safeguards, some large-scale renewable energy deployment has also caused negative environmental impacts.

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  • 19.04.2016 | Press Releases
    A record number of over 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters on 22 April, keeping up the momentum on climate action. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, calls upon the EU leaders to walk the talk in honouring the Paris Agreement and ensure coherence between the Agreement's objectives and the EU's climate targets.

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  • 13.04.2016 | Press Releases
    Austria's largest electricity provider, Verbund has announced today that it will go fossil fuel free by 2020, speeding up the country’s transition beyond coal.

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  • 13.04.2016 | Op-eds
    At a meeting this week in Washington, fossil fuel subsidies should be prioritised in the discussion, so that renewable energy sources can at last be fully exploited, writes Maeve McLynn.

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  • 13.04.2016 | Blogs
    Each exchange results in a report written jointly by the European and the Chinese exchange participants. See below the list of reports from the 2015 exchange.

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  • 05.04.2016 | Press Releases
    ...as Langerlo power station burns last tons of coal. The last tons of coal were burned in the Langerlo power plant last week, on 30th March, marking the end of an era for coal power in Belgium. Belgium follows other countries in cutting out coal power, adding to an increasingly bleak outlook for the coal industry.

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  • 25.03.2016 | Blogs
    Financial institutions, including development banks, are important actors in the global effort to speed up the transition towards zero carbon economies. However, rather than meeting the potential to achieve global climate action objectives, these financial actors are still providing support for fossil fuels. At the moment, only few development banks have indicated an exit out of some fossil fuels – namely coal – while none has progressed to phase out all fossil fuels from their investment portfolios.

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  • 25.03.2016 | Blogs
    Agenda 2030, agreed in 2015 at the UN General Assembly, has anchored a set of 17 goals and associated 169 targets that will act as the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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  • 25.03.2016 | Blogs
    Climate Finance A key piece to the climate and sustainable development puzzle is the role of international financial support and means of implementation, which are needed to address climate crises. As the number of challenges posed by climate change grow, so must the level of support which is going to the people who are impacted.

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  • 25.03.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe ETS reform position for post-2020 contains detailed recommendations on the following topics:

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    Local communities who live in the regions where there are existing and planned new coal power plant projects face serious risks. These risks include chronic respiratory diseases, water and soil contamination, being dependent on unsustainable and insecure jobs in coal infrastructures, displacement, losing high quality arable lands to coal. Local communities under coal risks resist to projects in their regions. Witness some of the resistance stories below.

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    The Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EC) was adopted and entered into force in 2012. In addition to EU 2020 energy savings target of 20%, it includes EU-wide provisions related to energy efficiency measures, such as:

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    In July 2014,  the Commission put forward a proposal for an indicative 30% energy savings target for 2030. In October 2014, the European Council agreed on an indicative energy efficiency target of at least 27%, which will be reviewed by 2020 “having in mind an EU level of 30%”.

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  • 23.03.2016 | Blogs
    The European Union has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 20% compared to the EU energy consumption projections in 2020. This was laid down in the second Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (EEAP) in October 2006 and was agreed by EU Heads of State and Government in March 2007. The energy savings target is not binding, unlike the two other targets the EU has set for 2020, on the share of renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    The EU China Exchange is a program of the Stiftung Asienhaus organized in cooperation with CAN Europe, the Chinese Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), CAN China supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator.  The EU-China exchange programme is an important part of the international work of CAN Europe. By bringing European and Chinese NGOs together we encourage NGO partnerships and improve understanding of how people look at climate change and low-carbon development in different parts of the world. This is done through two 4-8 weeks exchanges during which the organisations work on a joint project.  During the exchange program we organise two workshops (one in China and one in Europe) where all the participants come together to network and discuss their projects and experiences. The workshops are also used to provide input from local experts on issues such as the European and Chinese political systems and how different governmental institutions work...

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    Burning coal is one of the main drivers of climate change because coal is one of the most greenhouse gas intensive fuels (see for example here). Despite this over 40% of world electricity is still generated from coal. Globally, coal causes over 12 Giga tons of CO2 per year and accounts for about 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, 18% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions came from burning coal. Coal’s overall human and ecological toll is truly staggering. Mining and burning coal causes sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, dust particles and mercury emissions and contaminates soil, air and water, see Report: End of an era. For example, the total cost of coal use on Chinese society has been estimated at more than 7% of GDP, considering that ecological and health costs are included. But the good news is: We do not need coal. We have affordable renewable energy. We can save energy. We can use energy more wisely (e.g. by demand-side management). And we are already building...

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    With the highest carbon content of all the fossil fuels, burning coal contributes to high greenhouse gas emissions and is thus one of the main drivers of climate change. In 2016, 25 coal power plants are in operation in Turkey, and around 70 new coal power plants are planned in line with the country’s 2023 energy vision.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    Southeast European countries still rely heavily on coal. Most plants are old and extremely polluting: the region is home to seven of the ten most polluting coal-fired power stations in Europe. Public health costs from air pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans add up to 8.5 EUR billion per year. Because such air pollution is transboundary, most of these damages are actually borne by EU citizens.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    The Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector in the EU as a whole is a net sink, removing about 350 Mt of CO2 every year. However, this sink is projected to decrease. The legislative proposal for post-2020 is unambitious and includes loopholes

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    The Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) sets emissions reduction targets for each EU Member State for the sectors not covered by the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. These non-ETS sectors are responsible for nearly 60% of the EU’s emissions and include ground transportation, agriculture, waste and buildings. Neither the ESD nor the ETS cover emissions from Land-based emissions (LULUCF) and from international transport.

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  • 17.03.2016 | Blogs
    Setting targets is an important policy instrument that has proven to drive progress in achieving specific objectives. Most countries in the world have greenhouse gas emission reduction targets or specific objectives for the development of renewable energy and/or for reducing energy consumption. The EU and most other European countries have set such targets both for 2020 and for 2030. The EU has agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, and by at least 40% by 2030. In addition, the EU also has targets for renewable energy and energy savings of 20% by 2020 and at least 27% by 2030. The EU is on track to significantly overshoot its 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, possible even reaching -30% by 2020. Nevertheless several EU Member States are not on track to achieve their national targets for emissions in the non-ETS sectors. The same can be said for the needed efforts to achieve the binding Renewable Energy and non-binding Energy Efficiency targets. The...

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  • 16.03.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    Every year CAN Europe publishes its Annual Report:

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  • 16.03.2016 | Blogs
    The current European Commission embraced the concept of an Energy Union, which would enable a holistic approach to all climate and energy policies in the EU. The Energy Union is an important opportunity to build a common vision for the future of the European Union’s energy system by setting a transformative agenda, which will lead to a 100% renewable energy future and an end to fossil fuel use latest by the middle of this century. This is urgently needed if the EU is going to do its fair share of the effort needed to avoid dangerous climate change and be in line with the Paris Agreement to keep global temperature increase well below 2°C and pursue efforts to stay below the 1.5°C temperature rise limit. The Energy Union strategy also provides a framework for cooperation with countries beyond the EU, particularly in South East Europe. The European Commission published its proposal for an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy in February 2015. The European leaders...

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  • 09.03.2016 | Op-eds
    The countries from Southeastern Europe have the potential to achieve much more emission reductions compared to what they have put on the table in Paris.

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  • 07.03.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    The gap between the need for adaptation and loss and damage finance, and the current finance provided or committed is large and growing. This briefing paper identifies a number of potential new sources of climate finance. Some of these “new” sources of finance have been under discussion for a number of years, including by the High Level Advisory Group on Finance, the Leading Group on Innovative Finance and others.

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  • 04.03.2016 | Press Releases
    Many EU Environment Ministers discussing implications of the Paris Agreement for EU climate and energy policies today aacknowledged that the EU must ramp up its climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement signed last year.

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  • 01.03.2016 | Press Releases
    Today a major new coalition of businesses, cities, trade unions and NGOs, are calling on EU leaders to act on the Paris Agreement and ensure that EU climate policies are coherent with its goals.

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  • 01.03.2016 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The following letter was sent to EU Heads of State and Government, Climate and Environment Ministers, the European Commission and the European Parliament Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition.

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  • 17.02.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe's CAN ETS reform priorities after Paris includes the following main points:

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  • 29.01.2016 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe, the EEB, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF released a joint NGOs response on the Energy Efficiency Directive Review consultation.

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  • 29.01.2016 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 23.01.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    Civil Society Organisation's assessment on the Progress of Serbia of Chapter 27 - Environment and Climate Change, for 2015. The report lays out the main developments in environmental and climate policy in Serbia, analyses challenges and provides recommendations on how to move forward. 

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  • 03.01.2016 | Reports & Briefs
    The Paris Agreement will not solve the climate crisis single-handedly, but it is so far the most important step the world has taken to tackle it. It signals an end to fossil fuels and a shift to 100% renewables. It creates firm foundations for more ambitious climate policies all over the world.

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  • 14.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    Towards a resilient Energy Union with a forward looking Climate Change policy. This paper is intended to present some initial NGO views on the issue.

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  • 12.12.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 10.12.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 10.12.2015 | Blogs
    It is crunch time at COP21! Watch this short video with members of the CAN Europe team on the latest state of play of the negotiations. 

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  • 09.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    If we want to have a likely chance to stay below 2°, and preserve the possibility to stay below 1.5°, as agreed in Cancun, we need to phase out all fossil fuels by 2050. However, fossil fuel subsidies are a major obstacle to full decarbonisation. Despite the enormous threat climate change poses, countries keep subsidizing fossil fuels to the tune of USD 600-1000 billion a year.

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  • 08.12.2015 | Blogs
    Overheard in Paris: “I’m a bit caught up with a very complex ratchet mechanism. While this sounds unfortunately like an instrument of torture, the inclusion of an ‘ambition mechanism’ to progressively ‘ratchet up’ national targets has become a core test of the strength of the Paris Agreement. But through the somewhat-tortuous process of translating political will into legal text, will it fall foul of the guillotine as ministers and negotiators chop down the text in Paris this week?" 

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  • 07.12.2015 | Press Releases
    The millennium started with a lost decade in terms of climate protection and, as indicated in the eleventh edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), global emissions were still growing in 2013. For 2014, there are signs of a slowdown or even a halt of this trend.

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  • 07.12.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 07.12.2015 | Blogs
    After six days of negotiations at the UN climate summit in Paris, the baton has been handed over to environment ministers who will begin high-level discussions this week. As anticipated, a number of troublesome issues continue to cause concern among Parties and NGOs as they work within the walls of Le Bourget conference centre. Among those issues is climate finance, an infamously controversial topic where the division between developed countries and developing countries is put under the spotlight.

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  • 07.12.2015 | Press Releases
    Early review of INDCs key to success for the Paris negotiations 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.

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  • 04.12.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 04.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This report by Greenpeace UK and CAN Europe assesses the impact that the 22 EU member states that still rely on coal power have on Europe’s ability to ensure that climate change is limited to below 2°C.

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  • 03.12.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 03.12.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    New analysis finds fossil fuel subsidies exceed Green Climate Fund support 40 to 1Activists to demonstrate at Paris climate talks, demanding Parties Stop Funding Fossils

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  • 03.12.2015 | Blogs
    After Belgium on Monday, another european country has been awarded for his reluctance to take climate action : Turkey, already famous for being a coal champion.

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  • 30.11.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 30.11.2015 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 29.11.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing highlights the most important positive steps governments and local authorities are taking to move beyond coal. 

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  • 26.11.2015 | Blogs
    'Public finance in Europe should catalyse the transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewables and fully energy efficient economies'

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  • 25.11.2015 | Op-eds
    Without substantial reform of its Emissions Trading System, Europe cannot seriously claim a leadership role at the international negotiations in and after Paris, writes Anja Kollmuss of Climate Action Network Europe.

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  • 25.11.2015 | Press Releases
    In a joint statement published today, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and EUROCHAMBRES, representing 44 million European citizens and 20 million businesses,  call on the EU to put every effort in the climate negotiations in Paris and ensure the adoption of a comprehensive, inclusive and ambitious climate agreement.

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  • 23.11.2015 | Press Releases
    In less than a week, on November 30th, world leaders will gather in Paris to kick off an intense two-week summit that should result in a new global climate agreement. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe calls upon the EU to drive ambition and fairness in the negotiations to secure a forward-looking, strong and just deal that will accelerate the shift away from dirty energy.

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  • 23.11.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe’s analysis of climate pledges in Southeast Europe.

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  • 18.11.2015 | Press Releases
    The Energy Union package has not lived up to expectations to accelerate a shift to a fossil fuel free economy in the EU so far, according to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. While the project remains a puzzle, the EU needs strong and coherent legislative proposals, expected next year, to stay ahead of the game on climate action.

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  • 16.11.2015 | Press Releases
    G20 leaders failed to show leadership in the ongoing negotiations for a strong climate agreement to be concluded in Paris. The representatives of the richest countries in the world did not make any new commitments to tackle climate finance, phase out fossil fuel subsidies and establish a long term goal for decarbonizing the economy.

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  • 14.11.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    In this briefing, we describe the most important coal subsidy streams in Europe. We also single out the biggest culprits when it comes to state involvement and support, and we explain the (changing) role of the international (financial) institutions in the coal economy.

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  • 13.11.2015 | Presentations & Infographics
    A comparison between the G20's fossil fuel subsidies and adaptation support for developing countries

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  • 12.11.2015 | Press Releases
    Ukraine’s dependence on imported coal has dramatically increased since last year. It results from a steep decline in coal production in the Ukrainian city of Donbass, which followed extensive damage to its mining and transport infrastructure caused by the armed conflict and, eventually, the loss of control over mines to separatists. According to a new report issued today by Heinrich Boell Foundation (Kyiv office), this crisis can be turned into an opportunity for shifting the energy system away from coal.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Press Releases
    The EU position on climate finance for the Paris climate summit was adopted today by the EU Finance Ministers. Unfortunately, it falls short of what is needed to deliver a strong deal in Paris that empowers the world’s poor to cope with the current and future impacts of climate change and to develop in a less polluting way so that their carbon emissions don’t add to the climate change problem.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Blogs
    Climate change is already affecting the world’s poorest people. From cyclones to droughts, to flooding, its impacts could set the clock back and erase the progress that has been made in the global fight against poverty and inequality.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Blogs
    The EU is not fulfilling its commitment to reduce emissions in line with the requirements of science and fairness. There is still a big gap between what it will take to avoid catastrophic climate change and what the EU has put forward in terms of climate action so far.

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  • 10.11.2015 | Blogs
    The current emission reduction pledges that governments have put put forward are inadequate to keep global warming below the 2°C threshold agreed. What is currently on the table will lead to a world that is going to be at least 2.7°C degrees warmer. In such a world, frequent floods and droughts, water and food scarcity, increasing numbers of refugees, conflicts, and irreversible damage to ecosystems, economies and livelihoods will become a daily reality.

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  • 09.11.2015 | Blogs
    All countries have committed to a long term goal of keeping global warming below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. In Paris countries are looking into translating the 2°C target into a more concrete long term goal.

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  • 05.11.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    In advance of the ECOFIN Council, Climate Action Network Europe called on the Finance Ministers to guarantee a robustclimate finance package as part of a fair and transformational agreement to be adopted at COP21 in Paris.

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  • 05.11.2015 | Press Releases
    All eyes will be on the EU Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels on November 10th to adopt the EU position on climate finance for the Paris climate summit. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, their commitment to deliver the EU’s fair share of $100 billion of climate finance annually by 2020 and to consistently scale it up after 2020 can be the make or break issue for the Paris climate agreement.

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  • 02.11.2015 | Press Releases
    One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups have criticised the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

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  • 30.10.2015 | Press Releases
    The report assessing countries’ contributions to the Paris climate agreement released today by the UNFCCC sets off alarm bells for all governments to strengthen current, inadequate climate targets before they are put into effect and at latest by 2018.

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  • 28.10.2015 | Blogs
    As part of the dynamic leading up to the Paris Climate Summit, almost all European countries have developed greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030. An overview of these targets can be found here. Some of these target are highly problematic, such as the Turkey's woefully inefficient INDC. All targets including the EU's are insufficient to achieve the objective agree in Paris to aim to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.

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  • 21.10.2015 | Blogs
    Economic stakeholders will continue play a huge role in the energy transition and have a real responsibility. Their (investments) decisions will be crucial in the struggle to tackle climate change. Two thirds of current greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to only 90 companies (mainly active in the fossil fuels sector). Their choices and actions will be crucial to prevent the world from warming up more than two degrees.

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  • 20.10.2015 | Press Releases
    The EEA "Trends and projections in Europe 2015" report, published today, reveals that the EU is overachieving its emission reduction target for 2020 already by 3% in 2014.

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  • 16.10.2015 | Press Releases
    On Friday 16th October the Ministerial Council meeting in Tirana adopted a Roadmap on the future of the Energy Community.[1]

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  • 16.10.2015 | Press Releases
    Will the last five days of negotiations before the Paris Climate Summit bring us closer to saving the climate?

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  • 15.10.2015 | Press Releases
    European leaders meeting in Brussels today for the last European Council before the Paris climate summit in December have missed an opportunity to strengthen the EU’s position for the international climate negotiations.

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  • 15.10.2015 | Op-eds
    The Ministerial Council of the Energy Community – a Treaty between the EU, the Western Balkans, Moldova and Ukraine – is expected to decide on far-reaching reforms this week. According to Dragana Mileusnic of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the Energy Community Treaty has failed to bring progressive climate policies to Southeast Europe. Countries that have signed the Treaty have made practically no effort to live up to its obligations and Brussels has put little pressure on them to do so. The extremely weak pledges made by these countries ahead of the Paris Climate Summit only confirm this picture, says Mileusnic. “If the EU can’t even get its neighbours to clean up, how can it claim climate leadership in the world?”

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  • 14.10.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing describes the coal threat in in Southeastern Europe but will also explain why the many coal projects are doomed to fail – either in the planning stage or when realised.

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  • 14.10.2015 | Press Releases
    The report on the Paris climate summit, adopted today by the European Parliament, calls for a full decarbonization of the global economy by 2050 and an urgent review of the current, weak climate pledges.

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  • 12.10.2015 | Press Releases
    Today Ministers from all over the world gather at the Rabat INDC Forum, jointly organized by the European Commission and the Moroccan government. The Forum aims to assess the adequacy of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the Paris agreement.

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  • 12.10.2015 | Press Releases
    ...but not all that glitters is gold. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the fact that global finance ministers attending the joint World Bank and International Monetary Fund summit in Lima expressed their commitment to scale up climate finance. This is an essential element for a successful global agreement on climate change in Paris.

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  • 10.10.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Environment Ministers

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  • 07.10.2015 | Press Releases
    Turkey could become the new climate bomb in Europe, supported by French government-owned companies. NGOs from across Europe are asking France to end coal projects in Turkey.

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  • 02.10.2015 | Blogs
    With the Paris Climate Summit fast approaching, we hear more and more talk about an energy transition towards a 100% renewable energy future and the urgency to phase out fossil fuels and nuclear power. However, do you really know why renewable energy is the only only way forward? Here are the reasons why transitioning to renewable energy is not only desirable but absolutely necessary.

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  • 30.09.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission to the European Commission’s Consultation on new Energy Market Design.

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  • 29.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Countries of Southeast Europe (SEE) waste much more energy than the members of the European Union, according to a new report published today by a group of civil society organizations from across the region [1].

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  • 28.09.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on a EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage. 

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  • 25.09.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe warns: they may fail to deliver without successful climate deal in Paris.

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  • 18.09.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe calls for scaling up EU climate action ahead of the Paris climate summit The EU’s negotiating position for the global climate talks in Paris in December, adopted by its Environment Ministers today, calls for climate neutrality - a full phase out of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it falls short of providing details on the EU’s contribution to achieve this.

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  • 18.09.2015 | Blogs
    CAN Europe calls for scaling up EU climate action ahead of the Paris climate summit The EU’s negotiating position for the global climate talks in Paris in December, adopted by its Environment Ministers today, calls for climate neutrality - a full phase out of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it falls short of providing details on the EU’s contribution to achieve this.

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  • 17.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Call for 100% renewables for people and climate ahead of Paris talks

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  • 17.09.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Ahead of the UN Summit in New York 25-27 of September 2015, European Civil Society Organisations working on both international and domestic EU policies across a variety of sectors ranging from Youth, Sustainability, Social Justice, Fair Trade, International cooperation, Health, Culture, Environment, Gender Equality, Migration, Climate Change, Local Democracy, Human Rights and Media Development, wrote to the Vice-President of the European Commission to call for the EU to match the ambition of Agenda 2030 with a clear EU implementation strategy, which reflects the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries.

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  • 16.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Today’s meeting of Pope Francis with EU Environmental Ministers in the Vatican comes at a crucial moment, just two days before an extra Environment Council where EU Member States will adopt the EU’s position for the Paris climate summit in December.

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  • 15.09.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The EU’s carbon budget for the period 2021-2030 can vary by a staggering 6 billion tonnes. This gap is the result of important policy decisions that have been postponed for after the Paris climate summit, reveals new research by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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  • 10.09.2015 | Press Releases
    Despite its claim of being a leader in the fight against climate change, the European Union still has around 280 coal power plants, operating in 22 different EU member states. The majority of these plants are more than 30 years old, meaning they are inefficient, polluting and outdated. Burning coal caused 17% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union in 2014. Still, European countries continue to invest tens of billions into the ailing industry.

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  • 03.09.2015 | Press Releases
    The four EU Member States that are part of the G20 have spent nearly three times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as on climate finance. The EU, also a member of the G20, has spent six times as much on subsidizing fossil fuels as it has on climate finance.

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  • 03.09.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The four EU Member States that are part of the G20 have spent nearly three times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as on climate finance. The EU, also a member of the G20, has spent six times as much on subsidizing fossil fuels as it has on climate finance.

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  • 27.08.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    This report by CAN Europe the implications of the Energy Union Framework for the Western Balkans and proposes improvements to the existing cooperation tools between the EU and its friends in the immediate neighbourhood. We look at the Energy Community, the EU accession negotiation, the Berlin Process and the COP21.

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  • 26.08.2015 | Press Releases
    During today’s Western Balkans Summit taking place in Vienna, representatives of the European Commission, including Maroš Šefčovič, Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn will be looking for means to revive the stalled EU accession talks with the countries of the Western Balkans. In a report published today, Climate Action Network Europe argues that they should use the framework of the Energy Union to advance integration in the field of energy and thus bring dirty energy systems of the Western Balkans closer to the EU standards. So far the Commission has missed important opportunities to stop new, highly polluting coal investments in the region.

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  • 24.07.2015 | Op-eds
    In the aftermath of a disappointing Financing for Development summit in Addis Ababa, this opinion piece from Climate Action Network outlines what needs to be done on climate finance

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  • 22.07.2015 | Blogs
    Dear CAN Europe Members, Many of you have reported that our emails end up in your spam folder. This problem seems to occur especially if you/your organisation uses gmail. Below instructions on how to change the settings in your email account to ensure you receive our mail! Please use these instruction irrespective of if you use Outlook, Thunderbird or use online gmail: 1. Go to gmail.com and log into your email account.   2. On the right side click on the little wheel and choose “settings” 3. Chose “Filters and Blocked Addresses” and then Click “Create a new filter” 4. Put climnet.org into the “from” field. Click “create filter with this search”   5. Select “Never Send it to Spam.”  

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  • 17.07.2015 | Op-eds
    Climate action needs to be enshrined in the global fight against poverty and inequality. but the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa failed to build strong momentum towards fossil fuel-free economies and climate resilience, argues Maeve McLynn.

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  • 16.07.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent a first letter to members of the Environmental (ENVI) and Industry (ITRE) committees of the European Parliament to start our lobbying efforts on the ETS post 2020 reform: 

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  • 14.07.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe: This ETS reform cares less about saving the climate than about protecting industry.

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  • 08.07.2015 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament adopted the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), which will temporarily remove some of the gigantic surplus of pollution permits in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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  • 03.07.2015 | Op-eds
    The reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme is an opportunity for the EU to restore its climate action leadership, argue six climate and development NGOs. 

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  • 01.07.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent the following letter to Preditend Juncker and the College of Commissioners

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  • 22.06.2015 | Blogs
    As the UNFCCC negotiations wrapped up at the newly finished World Conference Centre in Bonn, there was a feeling of slow and fractional progress towards the climate summit in Paris.

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  • 20.06.2015 | CAN Europe Positions
    To secure a strong outcome in Paris that facilitates ambitious climate action on the ground, a key pillar will be a “finance package” that covers both the pre- and the post-2020 period. Developed countries will have to demonstrate how they are meeting past promises (in particular the $100bn target). For the period after 2020, strong provisions on finance in the Paris Agreement are needed to enable developing countries to enhance their ambition beyond what they can do on their own, laying out the mitigation potential that could be unlocked with scaled-up financial resources. Also, developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable countries, will require increasing amounts of financial support to adapt to a changing climate and cope with the impacts. This submission outlines the Climate Action Network’s view on the main elements of this finance package for Paris.

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  • 17.06.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    This CAN Europe submission summarized the key asks necessary to ensure the non-ETS targets are met with real reductions.

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  • 17.06.2015 | Op-eds
    The Commission is organising a huge conference on decarbonising European transport this week, but remains unwilling to discuss government support for fossil fuels, writes Wendel Trio. 

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  • 16.06.2015 | Op-eds
    Binding national targets have been key to the successful development of renewable energy in the European Union so far, writes Jean-François Fauconnier.

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  • 15.06.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on how to treat land-based emissions in the 2030 target.

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  • 15.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations The European Council’s guidance from last year for 2030 targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency falls far short of the EU’s potentials. Without tapping those potentials, the EU will miss out on major benefits for the economy, employment, energy security and climate action. Ending the historic bias towards fossil fuels requires higher ambition on energy efficiency and renewables.

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  • 14.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Europe must translate renewable energy ambition into law to maintain leadership Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Greenpeace and WWF today called on the European Commission to propose a strong set of policies to ensure all countries contribute to delivering and surpassing the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target.

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  • 11.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Today Serbia has announced its contribution to the Paris climate agreement. The emission reduction the country is planning to achieve are far below the EU’s target. According to Climate Action Network Europe, this undermines prospects of Serbia’s EU accession.

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  • 10.06.2015 | Op-eds
    A year ago devastating floods in Serbia exposed the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Until then the imperative to reduce harmful emissions of carbon was absent from the public debate and plans to develop the energy system largely based on coal. Will Serbian officials connect the dots and set ambitious climate goals as part of Serbia’s contribution to the Paris climate agreement expected to be announced this week?

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  • 08.06.2015 | Press Releases
    EU Energy Ministers meeting in Brussels today recognised “indigenous resources” – codename for nuclear, shale gas and coal – as one of the key drivers of European energy security. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, it is high time for the Ministers to take their pick and clearly acknowledge that the EU's energy dependency can only be tackled in a safe and sustainable manner through energy efficiency and renewables.

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  • 08.06.2015 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe is asking for more ambition in the fight against climate change and a 100% renewables target by 2050.

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  • 04.06.2015 | Press Releases
    Climate and energy issues are on the agenda of the upcoming G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany. Chancellor Merkel has reserved the Monday morning (8 June from 0900 to 1030) for discussing the topics, as climate change is one of the key agenda items for her G7 Presidency. In particular, Merkel wants the G7 to contribute to the international climate negotiations in the run up to the UN climate summit in Paris, in December 2015.

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  • 02.06.2015 | Press Releases
    With Japan's cabinet agreeing on its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution today, now all G7 countries have announced their commitments to the Paris climate agreement to be signed at the end of the year. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe's analysis reveals that these commitments will in 2025 deliver only 19% of emission reductions in comparison to 1990. This is well below the 25%-40% reduction range that rich countries needed to commit to for 2020, if the world is to stay below 2°C increase of temperature and prevent a catastrophic change of the climate.

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  • 21.05.2015 | Press Releases
    New analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings (of which CAN Europe is a member) of national reports on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) reveals that central governments have not shown leadership in ending the waste of energy in their own buildings.

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  • 19.05.2015 | Op-eds
    This Op-Ed was published on Energetika.net on 19.5.2015 (behind paywall)

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  • 19.05.2015 | Press Releases
    In contrast, in Europe employment in renewable energy sector has declined On 19 May, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released the 2015 edition of its Renewable Energy Jobs Review. The report shows that the number of people employed by the renewable energy industry increased by 18% and more than one million worldwide in the last year, reaching 7.7 million jobs. In sharp contrast, according to the IRENA report, renewable energy employment in the European Union has declined.

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  • 06.05.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The aim of this paper is to highlight both the importance and the potential of the Finance for sustainable Development (FFsD) process in advancing global efforts to tackle climate change. At present, FFsD does not specifically address climate change among or through the issues and mechanisms that are being discussed within the process – namely international public finance, domestic resource mobilisation (tax and private capital), international private finance, trade, and debt and systemic issues that form the Monterrey Consensus on FFD at the basis of the Addis Ababa Accord.

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  • 06.05.2015 | Reports & Briefs
    The current discussion around the Energy Union represents a golden opportunity to set up and implement a true EU heating and cooling policy in line with long term climate and energy goals, and based on energy efficiency and the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

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  • 24.04.2015 | Op-eds
    EU accession for Western Balkans countries must go hand in hand with environmental and climate action.

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  • 01.04.2015 | Press Releases
    Last month the President of Poland signed the new Renewable Energy Act, which will, among others, grant support for renewable power production in microinstallations. Owners of the smallest RES installations up to 10kW will benefit from fixed feed-in tariffs (FiTs).

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  • 31.03.2015 | Press Releases
    The US contribution to the Paris climate agreement, filed within the agreed deadline today, should provide impetus for global efforts to tackle climate change, according to Climate Action Network Europe. CAN Europe stresses that tackling climate crisis requires more ambition. The new report from the NewClimate Institute shows beyond doubt considerable additional benefits of scaling up climate action.

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  • 30.03.2015 | Op-eds
    Europe's leaders botched the opportunity of delivering a clear and forward looking vision on the EU's energy future, argues Wendel Trio.

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  • 24.03.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on the EU-ETS reform post 2020.

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  • 24.03.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent this letter that went to the Environment Ministers on the market Stability Reserve

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  • 23.03.2015 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe submission to the public consultation on the Options for Implementation of Proposals on the Future of the Energy Community. We call for the Energy Community to include a functioning enforcement mechanism. We demand that the EU’s environmental and social standards are applied across the Energy Community countries.

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  • 19.03.2015 | Press Releases
    European leaders adopted today conclusions on the creation of an "Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy". According to Climate Action Network Europe and its more than 120 members, the agreed conclusions should have provided a much clearer strategy for reducing energy demand and the deployment of renewables, required for the decarbonisation and energy transition of Europe.

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  • 17.03.2015 | Op-eds
    This Wednesday, the EU heads of state and government will be discussing the Energy Union. Wendel Trio, Director of Europe’s huge Climate Action Network has lobbied several governments throughout Europe on getting off of fossil fuels. He discusses its importance below. 

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  • 16.03.2015 | Press Releases
    Coalition of Energy Savings calls on Member States to get serious on implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive As EU leaders discuss how to move the Energy Union forward, a new study shows that Member States still have a long way to implement existing energy efficiency legislation. According to the analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings, national action plans towards reaching the minimum level of energy savings required by the Energy Efficiency Directive continue to lack credibility. Since the Coalition released a similar study last year, Member States had opportunities to update their plans but few improvements were made.

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  • 10.03.2015 | Press Releases
    Last Friday, 6th March, Chairs of the European Parliament Delegations for six* EU accession countries and the Vice-President of the European Parliament sent a letter to Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, urging them to ensure that the reform of the Energy Community Treaty align its members with EU membership requirements.

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  • 06.03.2015 | Press Releases
    Today the EU’s environment ministers signed off the EU’s commitment towards the Paris agreement on climate change. According to Climate Action Network Europe and its over 120 members, the EU’s announcement is a missed opportunity to set a high benchmark for all the pledges to the global deal.

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  • 04.03.2015 | Press Releases
    On Friday, 6th March, the EU’s environment ministers will discuss and most likely decide upon the EU's commitment towards the Paris agreement on climate change. On behalf of over 120 members, Climate Action Network Europe highlights the causes of concern regarding attempts to dilute the EU’s pledge.

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  • 24.02.2015 | Presentations & Infographics
    Presentation given by RSBP at the CAn Europe workshop on climate policy in February 2015.

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  • 24.02.2015 | Press Releases
    The European Commission’s proposals for the EU’s contribution to the Paris Climate Summit announced today advocate for a strong, legally binding outcome of the international climate negotiations. On behalf of over 120 organizations, Climate Action Network Europe welcomes the push for the legal form, but calls for more clarity on the amount of greenhouse gasses the EU will emit between 2021 and 2030.

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  • 24.02.2015 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament’s environment committee took the first steps to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading System. Following intense pressure from forward looking investors and civil society, policymakers agreed to curb the total amount of pollution permits in the system that would otherwise flood the market by 2020. This is expected to result in a stronger carbon price signal in order to let the polluter pay and support climate friendly investments in Europe. Policymakers unfortunately failed to agree to a timely start of the new Market Stability Reserve which will only become operational by 2019.

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  • 20.02.2015 | Blogs
    On May 5th 2016 the Council and the European Parliament have come to a positive compromise on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), which will temporarily remove some of the gigantic surplus of pollution permits in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). CAN Europe called for strong improvements and some of them were incorporated.

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  • 20.02.2015 | Blogs
    Europe is currently discussing how it should reform its ETS for the post 2020 period. In July 2015, the European Commission released its proposal on the reform.

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  • 20.02.2015 | CAN Europe Positions
    On May 5th 2016 the Council and the European Parliament have come to a compromise on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR). CAN Europe called for strong improvements and some of them were incorporated.

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  • 20.02.2015 | Op-eds
    Let’s get the facts straight ahead of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee vote on the creation of a market stability reserve mechanism in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), writes Wendel Trio.

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  • 18.02.2015 | Blogs
    The gavel went down two hours earlier than the scheduled finishing time of the first UNFCCC meeting of 2015. It is difficult to tell whether this is good or bad, when we consider just how much work countries will have to do between now and the end of the year.

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  • 17.02.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Inclusion of LULUCF in the EU 2030 climate target undermines its environmental integrity.

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  • 09.02.2015 | Press Releases
    39 non-governmental organizations urge the finance ministers attending today's G20 meeting in Istanbul to take immediate steps to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels, and use these funds for climate action.  According to Climate Action Network Europe, one of the signatories of the letter sent to the G20 finance ministers, the G20 summit is a test of the EU's role in international climate negotiations set to make a global deal in December.

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  • 16.12.2014 | Blogs
    Climate finance has been bumped down the pecking order of climate ambition during UN Climate Summit in Lima.

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  • 14.12.2014 | Press Releases
    More action required before the next climate summit in Paris At the end of the UN Climate Summit in Lima, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe1 stated: "The limited progress that was achieved in Peru, in particular on the provision of financial support to poor countries to adapt to climate change, or repair the damages from extreme weather events, is a big let down after the positive signs that came from the New York Summit and recent announcements about emission cuts and financial pledges."

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  • 10.12.2014 | Letters to Policy Makers
    WWF, CAN Europe, Greenpeace, Carbon Market Watch and Sandbag filed a request for an internal review with the European Commission, contesting the legality of its recent decision to continue granting free carbon emission allowances to industries under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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  • 10.12.2014 | Blogs
    Emissions reduction and climate finance, both before and after 2020 – these two hot topics in the international climate negotiations will absorb the EU high level representatives, who arrived to the negotiating table in Lima, Peru yesterday.

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  • 08.12.2014 | Press Releases
    Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates, giving some reason to hope for limiting climate change Canada and Australia worst performers of all industrialised countries Global emissions have reached a new peak, but recent developments indicate a new readiness for action on climate protection. This is the message of the 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI); a ranking of the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe at the UN Climate Conference in Lima today.

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  • 05.12.2014 | Blogs
    During the UNFCCC Climate Summit in Lima yesterday, the European Union won the shameful second place Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to the EU after it called for a 10 year commitment period in the post-2020 international climate agreement.

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  • 03.12.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    EU countries spending billions of public funds on dirty fossil fuels. Top ten EU Member States have poured at least €78 billion euro into fossil fuel production since 1999, according to new research.Our report shows that the ten richest EU member states have poured at least 78bn billion euro into propping up the polluting fossil fuel industry.

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  • 03.12.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    Top ten EU Member States have poured at least €78 billion euro into fossil fuel production since 1999, according to new research.

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  • 01.12.2014 | Press Releases
    Top ten EU Member States have poured at least €78 billion euro into fossil fuel production since 1999, according to new research.

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  • 30.11.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    EU countries spending billions of public funds on dirty fossil fuels. Top ten EU Member States have poured at least €78 billion euro into fossil fuel production since 1999, according to new research.

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  • 21.11.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    A number of NGOs prepared this briefing for Members of the European Parliament to flag some of the most pressing issues related to climate and energy in the EU accession countries  of Southeast Europe.

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  • 19.11.2014 | Blogs
    The November 2014 climate finance pledging conference is the time to fill the finance gap

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  • 07.11.2014 | Blogs
    The latest summary report from the IPCC launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last weekend tells some familiar stories. Dangerous climate change is already happening, here and now, and without action, it will get much worse. But the good news is that we still have time to deal with it before the impacts become catastrophic. 

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  • 03.11.2014 | Blogs
    On the 28th of October, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) published its new 'Trends and Projections' report for 2014. This report is meant to track Europe's progress towards achieving its 2020 climate and energy targets each year. It includes analysis for the current 2020 greenhouse gas and for the renewables and the energy efficiency targets.

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  • 24.10.2014 | Press Releases
    This morning European leaders meeting at the European Council in Brussels agreed on a proposal for a new set of climate and energy targets for 2030. CAN Europe [1] is disappointed by their failure to adequately increase the levels of ambition for action on greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewable energy and energy savings.

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  • 13.10.2014 | Blogs
    During the upcoming European Summit of 23-24 October, European Union leaders should agree on a post-2020 climate and energy policy framework. As NGOs, we firmly believe that a set of three coherent, mutually supportive, ambitious and binding targets of at least 55% greenhouse gas emission reductions1, 40% energy savings and 45% renewables by 2030 is required to adequately tackle two of the European Union's biggest challenges: climate change and energy dependence.

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  • 02.10.2014 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe Letter to Ministers ahead of October ECOFIN Council (Oct 2014)

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  • 01.10.2014 | Press Releases
    This evening in Brussels, Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy, faced tough questions from Members of the European Parliament, about his commitment to climate action and the low-carbon transformation of our energy system.

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  • 26.09.2014 | Blogs
    After the largest global people’s climate march in history, it would have been hard for most people to have overlooked the UN climate summit that took place in New York on Tuesday this week. What were the outcomes of this summit and will it be enough to set us on a pathway to avoiding dangerous climate change?

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  • 24.09.2014 | Press Releases
    CAN INTERNATIONAL AND GCCA REACTION The UNSG's Climate Summit today contributed to the growing sense that the fossil fuel era is ending and delivered some momentum towards an international climate agreement to be signed in Paris next year, according to civil society groups organized in two major networks.

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  • 23.09.2014 | Press Releases
    European Citizens summit attendees call upon leaders to increase climate action at New York Climate Summit. On the morning of the UN Climate Summit in New York, hundreds of people attending the European Citizens Summit in Brussels sent messages calling for their governments to ramp up action on climate change.

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  • 23.09.2014 | Press Releases
    European Citizens summit attendees call upon leaders to increase climate action at New York Climate Summit. On the morning of the UN Climate Summit in New York [1], hundreds of people attending the European Citizens Summit [2] in Brussels have sent messages calling for their governments to ramp up action on climate change.

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  • 22.09.2014 | Press Releases
    A group of leading NGOs active in the Balkan region [1] are calling for urgent reform of the Energy Community Treaty, as its Ministerial Council prepares to meet in Kiev on September 23rd [2]. The groups are calling for both the expansion of the environmental and climate component of the Treaty and measures to ensure that existing obligations are better enforced.

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  • 16.09.2014 | Press Releases
    Debate held as major new report on the climate economy is launched and one week before the UN New York Climate Summit begins Today Members of the European Parliament engaged in a debate on the urgency of climate change calling for increased European action. The debate was held just ahead of next week's UN Climate Summit in New York [1]. Thirty-two parliamentarians from all the major political groups spoke, stressing the need for the EU to increase its climate action, and to take additional measures to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short-term. European Council and Commission statements were given by Benedetto Della Vedova, Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and Connie Hedegaard, the current EU Commissioner for Climate Action.

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  • 15.09.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    Investment support and solidarity mechanisms under the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework The solidarity and investment mechanisms, operating as part of the EU's 2020 climate and energy package, do not adequately support energy sector decarbonisation in low income Member States, reveals a new analysis developed jointly by CAN Europe, Greenpeace and WWF.

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  • 11.09.2014 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The Green 10, the alliance of leading environmental NGOs at EU level, supported by over 20 million EU citizens and active in all 28 Member States, wrote an open letter to President Jean-Claude Juncker to express grave concerns over the direction the EU seems to be taking with the announcement of his new team.

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  • 26.08.2014 | Op-eds
    Ahead of the ministerial meeting in the Western Balkans on the EU energy reform, Dragana Mileusnic calls for the adoption and the implementation of the new energy rules as soon as possible. A clear and speedy EU message will benefit not only the people but it will also ensure security of energy supply in the whole region.

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  • 23.07.2014 | Press Releases
    Will the European Commission slow progress on EU energy savings? Today the European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a 2030 energy savings target, completing the initial climate and energy proposal released in January of 2014[1]. The proposal comes after much speculation that a target as low as 27% will be proposed, an effective slowing down of action up to 2030 [2]. CAN Europe will be extremely disconcerted if the Commission presents a target below 40%, let alone below the inadequate 30% level that some are predicting.

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  • 22.07.2014 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 22.07.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    This report by CAN Europe, HEAL, WWF, EEB and Klima Allianz Germany exposes the top 30 CO2-polluting power plants in the EU, with Germany and the UK ranking joint first, with nine of the dirtiest coal plants each. If the EU is serious about meeting its climate targets and protecting the health of its citizens, it must act against its coal addiction.

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  • 16.07.2014 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe, Oxfam, WWF, E3G, Greenpeace and EEB sent a letter to the Commission calling for the adoption of a 40% energy savings target for 2030 that is legally binding on all EU member states.

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  • 08.07.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe, in its latest working document "Towards a functioning low-carbon investment framework in Europe: the need to modernize increasingly prevalent traditional capacity remuneration mechanisms”, has analysed existing and potential CRMs, looking at their potential impacts on the functioning of the energy market and future investments. This briefing aims to briefly present the key conclusions, and to increase the understanding of this complex topic among environmental NGOs.

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  • 08.07.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    This report aims to enrich the debate by increasing the understanding of this complex topic among Environmental NGOs. The report analyses existing and potential capacity remuneration mechanisms (CRMs), a policy instrument capable of altering the energy market by creating additional revenue streams for capacity. Although some member states in Europe are already using certain forms of capacity mechanisms under what we call a ‘traditional approach’, this report builds the argument that a ‘modern approach’ to CRMs could be proposed.

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  • 02.07.2014 | Blogs
    From mitigating climate change, to keeping energy costs in check and improving energy security, energy efficiency provides a solution to some of the main challenges that have been facing European countries and our neighbours. This has been repeatedly recognised by the Commission and European Council. One would expect this broad recognition of the benefits of energy savings, to lead to the Commission proposing an ambitious and binding EU energy savings target for 2030. Unfortunately, this might not to be the case.

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  • 30.06.2014 | Blogs
    As the UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn wrapped up on Saturday, civil society organisations were left feeling both hopeful and cautious; nothing new there.

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  • 27.06.2014 | CAN Europe Positions
    This document represents the agreed position on the Reform of the Energy Community. We call for the Energy Community to include a functioning enforcement mechanism. We demand that the EU’s environmental and social standards are applied across the Energy Community countries.

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  • 24.06.2014 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 19.06.2014 | Press Releases
    In a report released this week [1] at a high level meeting of the Energy Community [2], CAN Europe and other NGOs [3] 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.

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  • 14.06.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, E3G and WWF jointly published a briefing on the Energy Efficiency Directive Progress Review.

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  • 10.06.2014 | Blogs
    While the G7 leaders met in Brussels last week, another quietly significant deadline came to pass. It was a significant moment for both European energy security discussions and the process of tackling the global threat posed by climate change.

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  • 28.05.2014 | Press Releases
    Over 70 MEPs from 25 EU countries across almost all political groups have indicated their readiness to take a leadership role in the climate debate in the European Parliament.

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  • 22.05.2014 | Blogs
    As the European elections begin, 468 candidates from across Europe have publicly committed to taking urgent action on climate change if elected. You can see who has signed the Climate Pledge in your country by using the interactive map below.

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  • 14.05.2014 | Press Releases
    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 [1]. 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 [2].

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  • 13.05.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    The escalating crisis in Ukraine has propelled European energy security to the top of agenda. EU leaders have called a comprehensive plan for reducing energy dependency. CAN Europe calls for Europe’s plan to improve energy security to be backed by three concrete actions:

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  • 13.04.2014 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 13.04.2014 | Blogs
    The take away point at today's IPCC press conference is this: it doesn't cost the world to save the planet. The Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) for the IPCC's fifth assessment report (AR5) for Working Group (WG) III is concerned with mitigation, or how we best address the climate crisis.The report looks in depth at different technologies available, costs and benefits and pathways towards a low-carbon future. The infographic shown here demonstrates how little it would cost to mitigate climate change - not even taking into account the many co-benefits of reducing emissions for human health and biodiversity.

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  • 08.04.2014 | Press Releases
    Climate heroes and villains revealed 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. [1] CAN Europe’s analysis is unique in that it examines MEP performance based on votes solely related to climate change and energy.

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  • 02.04.2014 | Blogs
    How have political parties and MEPs performed on climate and energy? CAN Europe has developed a simple overview of how MEPs, from the current parliamentary term 2009-2014, have voted on ten issues related to climate change and energy. This analysis has been compiled into scorecards that rate national political parties and European political groups based on the voting behavior of their respective MEPs. The scorecards illustrate broadly the positions of national political parties on climate and energy and how they relate to European decision-making. The scorecard summary also outlines how countries fare overall.

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  • 02.04.2014 | Blogs
    Our Members of the European Parliament can be European climate leaders. As European citizens we have the power to make this happen. Climate Action Network Europe has launched a campaign that calls on all of our MEP candidates to commit to tackling climate change throughout their term of office should they be elected to the European Parliament.

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  • 31.03.2014 | Press Releases
    Solutions exist but world leaders must act now to avert the worst effects 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.

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  • 21.03.2014 | Press Releases
    EU must get its climate priorities in order before UN climate leaders summit in September CAN Europe [1] 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. [2]

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  • 25.02.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing aims to provide clarity to the ongoing debate on Europe’s industrial competitiveness and the effect of climate polices. There is very little factual evidence substantiating that the risk of carbon leakage is real.

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  • 25.02.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing aims to provide initial views on the approach regarding energy savings, proposed by the European Commission (EC) in its 2030 framework communication and accompanying documents. More specifically, it elaborates why it is important to demonstrate real commitment for the continuation of EU energy savings policies and ensure that a proposal for an energy savings target, followed by policies and measures, will take place.

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  • 24.02.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing aims to provide guidance on the European Commission’s 2030 framework communication (White Paper) and accompanying documents. More specifically, it identifies the benefits of moving to an energy system with larger shares of renewable energies, as outlined in the Impact assessment of the 2030 white paper. It also provides an initial view of the concept of a EU-wide binding target for renewables, as proposed in the White Paper.

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  • 24.02.2014 | Reports & Briefs
    This document analyses the European Commission’s Communication Energy Prices and Costs in Europe, and it identifies the main conclusions.

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  • 13.02.2014 | Submissions to Consultations
    As part of the consultation process, CAN Europe had already participated in the first round of consultation that took part in October 2012. CAN Europe’s response can be found on our website. The responses to this consultation are based on two public CAN Europe position papers on support schemes, with one focused mainly on the reform process, published in September 2013. The second one is focused on the design of support schemes

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  • 06.02.2014 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submissions to the European Commission’s Consultation on an Energy Community for the Future.

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  • 01.02.2014 | CAN Europe Positions
    As part of a wider European modernization effort of competition rules, the European Commission is reviewing their (binding) guidelines on state-aid for environmental protection. The new guidelines will be published and enter into operation by mid 2014, after the last round of public consultation (opened on December 18th for 8 weeks, until February 14th).

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  • 31.01.2014 | Press Releases
    European NGOs WWF and CAN Europe today cautiously welcomed the European Parliament Environment Committee's support for the proposal to temporarily curb the oversupply of emission allowances in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS), a process known as "backloading". However both regret that the Parliament included measures to weaken this support in its position.

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  • 31.01.2014 | Blogs
    On January 22nd the European Commission (EC) released their White Paper on the 2030 climate and energy framework, in which they discuss amongst many other things, energy markets.

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  • 08.01.2014 | Letters to Policy Makers
    The following letter was sent to President Barroso by the Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) on the 2030 framework for climate and energy.

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  • 20.12.2013 | Blogs
    The freezing mist in warsaw mirrored the dampened results of COP 19. As usual, the few outcomes that did happen came during final after-hours wrangling. Here’s a brief look at what was - and was not - achieved at the COP.

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  • 16.12.2013 | Press Releases
    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.

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  • 10.12.2013 | Press Releases
    Today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament confirmed the position it adopted on 3rd July to amend the EU ETS (Emissions Trading System) Directive to allow the backloading proposal to move forward. Changing the ETS Directive enables delaying auctions of 900 million pollution permits in order to temporarily correct the massive oversupply on the EU’s carbon market.

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  • 06.12.2013 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe has just launched an exciting new publication, This is Climate Change in Europe. It brings together dozens of sources ranging from the IPCC, national adaptation plans, UN studies, official NATO documents and many more to provide, for the first time, a summary of current and pending climate impacts in Europe, on a country-by-country basis. 

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  • 06.12.2013 | Press Releases
    With a minimal agreement on the pathway to defining an ambitious binding climate agreement in Paris in 2015, the climate conference in Warsaw pushed most of the work that needs to be done way ahead. While the EU fought for a robust timetable for putting emission reduction commitments for the new Treaty on the table, it failed to provide the necessary incentives to get all developing countries on board, especially the emerging economies.

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  • 23.11.2013 | Blogs
    Last night as ministers and their delegations gathered in the COP plenary, more than a hundred remaining activists at the COP - after yesterday'sprotest walkout by many of their NGO partners and friends - took to the stands of the national stadium and started chanting.

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  • 21.11.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    This new report highlights the climate impacts hitting Europe from a variety of perspectives, including ecological and food security.

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  • 20.11.2013 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe, the Coalition for Energy Savings and the European Renewable Energy Council wrote the following letter to the Secretary General on the Impact assessment for the 2030 climate and energy framework.

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  • 18.11.2013 | Press Releases
    The new edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) was released by Germanwatch and CAN Europe in Warsaw at the UN climate talks today. The results show emissions worldwide have climbed to a new peak and no single country is yet on track to prevent dangerous climate change.

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  • 08.11.2013 | Blogs
    The world's governments agreed at the Durban climate meeting in 2011 two things: first that they would increase their short-term climate ambition; and, second that in 2015 they would agree a new global climate agreement in Paris. The Warsaw meeting is a step along the way to both of these objectives.

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  • 31.10.2013 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe calls upon the European Union (EU) to recognise that its commitment to making a fair contribution to the effort to avoid dangerous climate change means that it should reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 95% by 2050 below 1990 levels. Only the upper end of the EU's 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by 80% to 95% will allow the EU to make a fair and safe contribution to keeping global average temperature rise below 2°C.

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  • 14.10.2013 | Press Releases
    Environment Ministers' call for climate pledges in 2014 rings hollow without increased EU ambition Today EU Environment Ministers set the stage for the EU to play a steering role in pushing an international climate deal forward. History has shown that arriving at the COP [1] with clear, coherent positions is one of the best ways the EU can positively impact these negotiations.

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  • 09.10.2013 | CAN Europe Positions
    Europe lacks a vision for its future power grid. The view of Environmental NGOs on grid development in Europe

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  • 27.09.2013 | Blogs
    Today the IPCC released the full text of Working Group I (Science) of its 5th Assessment report. After negotiations in Stockholm last week went into the wee hours each night, delegates were able to come to agreement on the final text for the Summary for Policy Makers, or SPM, for the science report.

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  • 27.09.2013 | Press Releases
    Business-as-usual to bring more floods and heatwaves; Safe path requires immediate emission reductions Today's report from the IPCC [1] sets out some stark choices. Scientists are confident that business as usual will bring more deadly heat waves and floods to Europe and seas will rise and acidify further, in turn causing spikes in food prices, food shortages and malnutrition. However, they are certain that there is a clear pathway for avoiding catastrophic climate change, achievable by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the next few years as we move toward a zero carbon future.

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  • 18.09.2013 | CAN Europe Positions
    Recommendations for proper reform and design of support schemes for renewable energy technologies in Europe

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  • 09.09.2013 | Submissions to Consultations
  • 31.07.2013 | Blogs
    Climate finance is not aid, as sometimes misunderstood. It's restitution, for the injustice of climate change – caused by the North, but with impacts in the South, not just environmentally but in terms of development and economic growth.

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  • 29.07.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    A new discussion paper prepared by Climate Analytics for CAN Europe that provides an analysis of the adequacy and feasibility of the 1.5°C long-term global limit.

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  • 05.07.2013 | Blogs
    Reducing energy consumption is the most immediate and cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce import dependency and therefore enhance security of energy supply. The implementation of energy efficiency measures can also boost industrial competitiveness, create millions of jobs, reduce energy poverty and increase the level of comfort in buildings.

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  • 20.06.2013 | Blogs
    Today, CAN Europe has over 130 member organisations in more than 30 European countries - representing over 44 million citizens. The wider and better informed group we are, the stronger our voice!  Who can join? CAN Europe Membership is open to non-governmental/community based non-profit organisations, situated in Europe, which have an interest in the promotion of sustainable development and are active in, or have a focus on, climate change issues. CAN members have administrative independence and pursue their own mandates, organisational aims and objectives. An application for membership assumes that the applicant agrees to adhere to CAN-Europe Statutes (English Translation of Statutes - pdf - updated 2005) and also the CAN Charter (pdf) (published by CAN International) for network rules and guiding principles for network governance. How to apply For more info download the Application Package and the  Application Form. The deadlines for applications for...

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  • 15.06.2013 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Green Paper Consultation on a 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

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  • 05.06.2013 | Blogs
    This week the UNFCCC gathers again for the beginning of the annual two week session in Bonn to continue work on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), which is to deliver a new global climate protocol by 2015 and address the inadeqacy of pre-2020 commitments. Delegates will also discuss issues related to implementation of commitments (under the SBI - Subsidiary Body for Implementation) as well as more technical details of the global climate regime (under SBSTA - Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice).

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  • 03.06.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    The EU Energy Efficiency Directive outlines a framework of measures in order for the EU to reach its 20% energy savings target by 2020 and pave the way for more energy efficiency improvements beyond that date. Now that the Directive has entered into force, Member States must transpose it into national law and implement the many requirements in the legislation before the 2020 deadline.

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  • 24.05.2013 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe letter on post-2015 development framework (24 May 2013)

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  • 16.05.2013 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe, the Coalition for Energy Savings and the European Renewable Energy Council wrote the following letter to Ministers ahead of the European Council 22nd May 2013 on Energy and Competitiveness.

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  • 24.04.2013 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Letter to EU President/ Finance ministers in advance of ECOFIN conclusions (April 2013)  

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  • 18.04.2013 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe, the Coalition for Energy Savings and the European Renewable Energy Council wrote the following letter to Ministers on Europe's needs for an ambitious Climate and Energy Policy.

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  • 28.02.2013 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on options to strengthen the EU ETS.

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  • 27.02.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned a report that looks at the effect of energy efficiency on bringing down energy prices by 2020 and beyond.

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  • 27.02.2013 | Press Releases
    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee yesterday voted today for a one-year ‘stop the clock’ derogation from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for flights to and from Europe.

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  • 14.02.2013 | Op-eds
    The emissions-trading scheme needs reform, but first it needs an immediate patch!

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  • 07.02.2013 | Blogs
    Today Germanwatch, a CAN Europe member, published results of a public opinion poll which found that 73% of Germans support an increase of the EU’s 2020 emission reductions target to 30%, which is one of the structural options proposed by the Commission to review the flagging EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

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  • 31.01.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    We welcome the European Commission’s determination to develop a clear and ambitious post 2020 climate and energy package. Only through reaching the upper end of the 80 to 95% emission reduction target by 2050 will the EU have assumed its responsibility to avoid dangerous climate change. 

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  • 30.01.2013 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe call for a binding 2030 energy savings target alongside binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energies.

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  • 28.01.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    NGO Briefing Paper on Climate Finance in the MFF (September 2012)

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  • 24.01.2013 | Reports & Briefs
    Recalibrating an oversupplied market to spur investments and innovation This NGO Briefing presents the views of CAN Europe, Greenpeace, Sandbag and WWF on the reform of EU ETS in the  short and medium term.

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  • 13.12.2012 | Submissions to Consultations
  • 10.12.2012 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Letter to President Hollande on the Financial Transaction Tax (Dec 2012)

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  • 08.12.2012 | Press Releases
    EU misses opportunity to show leadership At the Doha climate talks, governments failed to do anything meaningful to avert the planet's slide towards catastrophic climate change. Countries used the economic crisis as a reason to avoid paying for climate finance, while billions of dollars in damages rack up from monster storms.

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  • 04.12.2012 | Reports & Briefs
    In a new briefing [1], CAN Europe shows how the EU is already on course to reach 25% emissions reductions by 2020, with the final number being closer to 27% if proposed further reductions from various EU initiatives are fully implemented. If the EU would make full use of the opportunities identified by research groups and NGOs, it could reduce domestic emissions beyond 30%.

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  • 26.11.2012 | Blogs
    Ray of the Day: EU victorious in lack of ambitious emissions pledge. Civil Society Awards Fossil To Rich Countries Who Shun Kyoto Commitment.

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  • 26.11.2012 | Blogs
    A pile of recent reports from UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, World Meteorological Association, PriceWaterhouse Coopers and European Environment Agency EEA all confirm the same alarming reality: current pollution trends and lack of governments' will to act on climate are resulting in our planet overheating to levels where adaptation is no longer possible. In Qatar, where the latest UN climate negotiations are currently taking place, increases in temperature and associated impacts will certainly be felt as the climate changes.

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  • 14.11.2012 | Press Releases
    CAN Europe, Greenpeace and WWF welcomed today’s European Commission proposals for structural reform of Europe’s carbon market.

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  • 31.10.2012 | CAN Europe Positions
    The European Union, its economy and the international community need binding, coherent and more ambitious 2020 and post-2020 EU climate and energy targets.

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  • 31.10.2012 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe calls upon the EU to recognize its historical responsibility and increase the ambition of its current and long-term climate and energy targets and policies. Only when achieving the upper end of the 80%-95% emission reduction target in 2050 (as indicated in the European Commission’s Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 20504 ) will the EU be able to take its responsibility to avoid dangerous climate change.

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  • 16.10.2012 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on the review of the ETS auctioning time profile.

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  • 05.09.2012 | Press Releases
    At a press conference on the last day of UN climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand, international experts from NGOs organized in the Climate Action Network (CAN) assessed the Bangkok outcome, discussed the role of different countries in the talks, and gave an outlook for COP18 in Doha at the end of the year.

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  • 05.09.2012 | Blogs
    The 24 board members of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) finally met in Geneva on August 24th. After a five-month delay, the board met to work out the details of how the fund will operate, where its headquarters will be and how the money in the pot will be distributed. Now the biggest unresolved problem is filling the pot. Currently there are no concrete pledges other than the general agreement made by all UNFCCC parties in Copenhagen to provide $100 billion a year from 2015.

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  • 04.08.2012 | Submissions to Consultations
    Submission on "Ensuring Sustainable Development Globally: EU Follow-Up To Rio+20"

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  • 28.07.2012 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe recommends using half of the auctioning revenues for international climate finance, and the other half for domestic climate finance.

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  • 19.06.2012 | Blogs
    On the 11th of June, EU environment ministers discussed several climate change issues. They had debates on the provision of financial support to developing countries for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change, as well as on action to reduce emissions domestically. Both of these issues must be advanced to have any chance of a globally binding deal in 2015.

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  • 15.06.2012 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN-Europe Green Climate Fund briefing (February 2012)

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  • 15.06.2012 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN-Europe Climate Finance priorities 2012 policy briefing (February 2012)

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  • 14.06.2012 | Reports & Briefs
    Since the communication from the European Commission (EC) on the Energy Roadmap 2050, in November 2011 , energy ministries in all 27 Member States have been discussing an official European Council position. The following analysis, prepared by CAN-Europe and based on leaked draft Council conclusions, outlines Member States’ positions on different aspects of the Energy Roadmap as well as the benefits of the no-regrets option.

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  • 12.06.2012 | Presentations & Infographics
    Mind the climate finance gap presentation, EGI (JUNE 2012)  

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  • 24.05.2012 | Blogs
    Combined with energy savings, the various renewable energy sources provide the only solution to bringing greenhouse gas emissions from the power and heating sectors to zero in a relatively short timescale.

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  • 21.05.2012 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe, Aprodev, German Watch, CIDSE and Oxfam commissioned the a report in order to identify how the EU can improve the current process for monitoring their climate finance commitments.

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  • 08.05.2012 | Presentations & Infographics
    Member States positions on the discussion about the Energy Roadmap 2050 Council position.

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  • 27.04.2012 | Blogs
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance launched its new report yesterday in Brussels, analysing the costs of moving toward a 30% GHG cuts in the EU. The report lays out a number of different possible cost scenarios if the EU moved beyond the current 20% climate target. Unfortunately the report is far from thorough and falls short of presenting an adequate picture of the true costs and benefits. CAN-Europe notes for example that the Bloomberg report does not analyse the health or social benefits of enhanced climate action, such as improved air quality or a boost to the job market, which would of course have a direct effect on costs.

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  • 26.04.2012 | Blogs
    Last week EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced a review of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by the end of this year. It may result in a limit to the number of allowances available and an end to historically low carbon prices in the next ETS trading period (2013-2020). CAN Europe cautiously welcomes this news, but only if it results in a proposal that will be ambitious, and not simply a reshuffle of the total allowances available each year between now and 2020.  

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  • 03.04.2012 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe believes that addressing shipping emissions in the EU is long overdue.

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  • 23.03.2012 | Press Releases
    Today's launch of The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE- ADAPT), potentially opens a new era in EU Adaptation policies. This platform marks a continuation of the process which began in 2009 with the EU's White paper on Adaptation. Of the four key areas of focus from the White Paper, this tool is the first to be fleshed out. (1)

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  • 23.03.2012 | Letters to Policy Makers
    CAN Europe sent this letter to Commissioner Hedegaard on regulating maritime emissions

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  • 16.03.2012 | Blogs
    A veto is an act of desperation, but it carries weight if used wisely. The more you use it, the more meaningless it becomes. The Polish media is already speculating about the prospect of a third Polish veto, if the Low-Carbon Roadmap is on the agenda of the June Energy Council. By stubbornly rejecting the EU’s shared vision to move towards a green energy future, Poland is ultimately vetoing modernisation of its own economy and further isolating itself. Meanwhile the EU’s climate agenda remains very much alive, and is strongly supported by the other 26 Member States. This support was bolstered by the European Parliament’s endorsement of the ‘Low Carbon Roadmap’ on the 15 March. 

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  • 09.03.2012 | Press Releases
    Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe was appalled to see the obstructionist tactics used by Poland ahead of today’s meeting of Environment Ministers. While Poland seems intent on skirting its climate responsibilities, other EU countries were ready to support increased climate ambition by 2020 and to approve milestones for a cost effective emissions reductions pathway by 2050.

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  • 29.02.2012 | Blogs
    CAN Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe, assisted by Energy Savings Man, paid a visit to MEPs in the European Parliament yesterday. The mission? To remind MEPs on the Energy Committee (ITRE) to ‘be an energy hero’ and support binding 20% energy savings targets, annual 1.5% savings obligation for energy companies and deep renovation of buildings.

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  • 28.02.2012 | Press Releases
    Today the European Parliament's Industry, Trade and Research Committee (ITRE) voted in support of a binding 20% energy savings target as part of the ongoing Energy Efficiency Directive discussions. Green groups CAN Europe and EEB urge national governments to support the MEPs' vision for binding national targets, energy company obligations and deep building renovations.

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  • 21.02.2012 | Press Releases
    NGOs welcome the renewed resolve expressed by EU Finance Ministers today [1] to help developing countries adapt to climate change and curb carbon emissions. Environmental and development groups now call on EU Member States to find the resources to make their pledge a reality.

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  • 15.02.2012 | Blogs
    In 2012 Nine countries put their weight strongly behind the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) calling for the Danish Presidency to accelerate with analysis and the  negotiation process even if there isn’t a Europe-wide agreement. This comes as a welcome development and shows that France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy are ready to put their money where their mouths are.

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  • 14.02.2012 | Blogs
    Which European Directive links EDF, HSBC, Siemens and your local primary school? Or, roof insulation, power lines, light bulbs and the local council?

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  • 15.11.2011 | Reports & Briefs
    A report by CE Delft commissioned by CAN Europe on identifying breakthrough technologies for the production of ammonia, olefins and aromatics in the European region.

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  • 31.05.2011 | Reports & Briefs
    CAN Europe, Greenpeace, and WWF engaged Öko Institut and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) to explore in depth the different options for the EU Member States to contribute to a 30 percent carbon target. The institutes were also asked to assess different EU financing mechanisms to leverage additional investments in the EU Member States, and help to equally share the costs and benefits of more climate ambition. The findings of the institutes and the policy recommendations of CAN Europe, Greenpeace and WWF are summarised in this report. 

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  • 02.05.2011 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission to the European Commission’s Consultation on the EU's 2050 Energy Roadmap.

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  • 20.03.2011 | Reports & Briefs
    Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Europe’s First Energy Source

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  • 11.10.2010 | Reports & Briefs
    A report by CE Delft commissioned by CAN Europe on identifying breakthrough technologies for the production of ammonia, olefins and aromatics in the European region.

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  • 05.08.2010 | Reports & Briefs
    This briefing from the University of Cambridge Program of Sustainabilty Leadership outlines the economic case for why Euroope should more to a 30% reduciton target in 2020.

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  • 30.06.2010 | Reports & Briefs
    In this report CAN Europe elaborates on the numerous benefits that moving to a -30% 2020 EU greenhouse gas target will have on Member States’ budgets.

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  • 22.04.2010 | Blogs
    On April 21st 2010 the European Commission released a communication entitled "A twelve-point EU action plan in support of the Millennium Development Goals."

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  • 20.04.2010 | Submissions to Consultations
      Loss of competitiveness and so called “carbon leakage” have often been used as arguments to avoid stronger and more adequate climate action by the European Union, such as the implementation of a 30% reduction target by 2020. However, convincing scientific evidence offering clear proof of carbon leakage, related to the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), is still missing. 

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  • 12.04.2010 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on reassessing carbon leakage rules under the EU-ETS.

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  • 28.02.2010 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on the role of EU agriculture and forestry in achieving the EU's climate change commitments

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  • 16.02.2010 | CAN Europe Positions
    European NGOs have always endorsed an emission trading system based on 100% auctioning of allowances as the best way to generate a visible carbon price through the production and consumption chain.

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  • 10.02.2010 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe Position paper on Benchmarking and allocation rules in phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System

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  • 02.12.2009 | Reports & Briefs
    The European Union likes to present its climate policies as models of aggressive action. However, at the centre there is a gaping hole: the -20% below 1990 by 2020 emissions cut agreed in 2008 will require virtually no effort in Europe to achieve. Making a move to a deeper target conditional upon aggressive action in other countries, as the policy is now, is therefore misplaced. It is Europe that needs to move, as its reductions are less aggressive than those in other countries, and deeper cuts would in fact yield a financial benefit.

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  • 28.05.2009 | Blogs
    Climate change is a global challenge as emissions anywhere affect people everywhere. To respond to the climate crisis a rapid decarbonisation of our economies across the world is required. This is why internationally coordinated cooperation is needed. This is done under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC.  

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  • 03.04.2009 | CAN Europe Positions
    CAN Europe's position on carbon capture and storage.

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  • 02.04.2009 | Blogs
    Article 9 of the  Emissions Trading Directive establishes that each Member State periodically has to develop a National Allocation Plan (NAP).

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  • 08.10.2008 | Submissions to Consultations
    CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on comprehensive and ambitious post-2012 climate change agreement.

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  • 01.02.2007 | Reports & Briefs
    In a report CAN Europe and WWF present an assessment of 12 National Allocation Plans (NAPs) for Phase II of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS): Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom. 

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