CAN Europe Publications on:

UN Climate Negotiations (UNFCCC)

  • Timmermans willing to increase climate action but struggles with UN timeline

    08.10.2019 | Press Releases

    During his hearing in the European Parliament today, Commissioner-designate Frans Timmermans, pledged to propose an increase of the EU 2030 climate target to 55% emission cuts. The timing of this proposal however might not allow for Member States' approval well in time before the UN Climate Summit in November 2020, thereby depriving the EU of its global climate leadership role.

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  • EU kicks the can down the road, as it delays a decision on the increase of the 2030 climate target AGAIN

    04.10.2019 | Press Releases

    A clear majority of EU Environment Ministers have called for raising the EU 2030 climate target today. Others, representing 10 Members States, have turned a blind eye to numerous calls from climate scientists and millions of people protesting in the streets and prevented the EU from scaling up action to tackle the climate emergency in line with EU citizens’ demands.

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  • Climate Defenders or Dinosaurs in Disguise?

    29.09.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    The hearings of Commissioner candidates in front of the European Parliament from 30 September to 8 October will test the climate credentials of the new Commission.

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  • Climate Defenders or Dinosaurs in Disguise?

    27.09.2019 | Press Releases

    Media briefing on the Commissioner candidates’ tasks and views on climate

    The hearings of Commissioner candidates in front of the European Parliament from 30 September to 8 October will test the climate credentials of the new Commission.

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  • CAN Europe's letter to ministers ahead of the Environment Council on 4th October

    26.09.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Minister,
    We are disappointed that the European Union knowingly missed the opportunity to boost global climate ambition by deciding not to announce an increase of the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

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  • Without rapid action, world faces destructive ocean- and ice-related climate impacts

    25.09.2019 | Press Releases

    The new landmark IPCC report on oceans released today shows that oceans are poised to turn into a huge threat to humanity unless we massively scale up emission cuts in line with the goal to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • UN Climate Summit: opportunity to talk about new EU 2030 climate target

    16.09.2019 | Press Releases

    Global leaders will descend on New York next Monday, 23 September for the much-anticipated UN Secretary General Climate Action Summit. The Summit is a chance for governments to answer the youth’s call for more action to tackle the climate emergency. They must do so by committing to enhance their inadequate 2030 climate targets.

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  • Climate Urgency Plan for the EU

    13.09.2019 | CAN Europe Positions

    Faced with the existential threat of devastating climate change impacts, CAN Europe expects the EU, its institutions and all Member States, to prioritise urgent action addressing the climate emergency with the aim of implementing the Paris Agreement's ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • Rapid shift in land sector essential to stopping climate crisis

    07.08.2019 | Press Releases

    The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released today proves beyond doubt that stopping the climate crisis will not be possible without a radical change in our food production and consumption, and a much better protection of forests.

    To spur a rapid transformation in the land sector, the EU needs to urgently ramp up its 2030 climate target.

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  • Letter to MEPs on the election of the President of the Commission

    15.07.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers
    Dear Member of the European Parliament, 
    Congratulations on your successful election.
    You will have your first opportunity to vote to defend climate tomorrow Tuesday, when the Parliament is expected to vote on the election of the President of the Commission.
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  • Letter to EU environment ministers on EU climate ambition ahead of their informal meeting in July

    04.07.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Minister,

    On 11 July, you will be meeting in Helsinki to discuss EU climate ambition ahead of the United Nations Secretary General Climate Action Summit in September. This is a unique opportunity for the EU to announce its determination to step up its commitments under the Paris Agreement and resume its position as a global climate leader, by announcing the EU is ready to enhance its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Climate Action Network

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  • Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments block EU climate ambition

    20.06.2019 | Press Releases

    EU leaders meeting in Brussels today failed to agree to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 and to commit to revising the EU’s 2030 climate target, due to a veto from the Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments.

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  • EU on track to reach agreement on net zero emissions by 2050 this week

    17.06.2019 | Press Releases

    Strong support from progressive countries key to a successful outcome

    Brussels, 17th June 2019, for immediate release

    Feeling the pressure from the public, and in particular from young people, EU governments are getting closer to reaching an agreement on achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and on raising the EU’s 2030 climate target [1]. With only a few Central European governments still on the fence [2], the decision can be made already at the upcoming EU Heads

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  • Letter from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    17.06.2019 | Letters to Policy Makers

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.

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  • Briefing: the battle over the EU's climate ambition

    11.06.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    This briefing shows that since the beginning of 2018, 22 EU Member States in total have signed on numerous statements calling for increasing efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Only six Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have decided not to join any of the declarations in support for more climate action so far.

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  • CAN Europe 2018 Annual Report

    19.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    To be called the “great platform to engage in the climate debate” that “improves our impact at national level” and provides “support, information and inspiration” compliments our entire Network and will continue to drive our shared effort to live up to such high accolades at this time of growing climate urgency.

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  • Defenders, Delayers or Dinosaurs: where do EU political groups stand on climate change?

    17.04.2019 | Press Releases

    Centre and conservative parties of the current European Parliament have failed to treat climate change with the urgency it demands, according to a new ranking published today by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. At the same time, national champions in these groups demonstrate that centre and conservative parties can play a

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  • Defenders, Delayers, Dinosaurs. Ranking of EU political groups and national parties on climate change

    10.04.2019 | Reports & Briefs

    The report “Defenders, Delayers, Dinosaurs: Ranking of EU political groups and national parties on climate change” assesses the voting behaviour of current MEPs in relation to climate and energy issues.

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  • COP24 outcome misses urgency of climate breakdown

    15.12.2018 | Press Releases

    As the COP24 climate summit comes to an end, it is clear that governments have failed to adequately respond to the catastrophic impacts of climate change that were highlighted in the landmark IPCC report on 1.5°C. Based on a now widely operational Paris Agreement the next two years need to be used to build far-reaching transformational partnerships and reach the level of ambition science makes clear is necessary.

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  • COP24: strong agreement on increasing climate targets still missing

    14.12.2018 | Press Releases

    As the COP24 climate summit draws to a close, negotiators are still struggling to agree on a significant commitment to strengthen all countries’ climate pledges by 2020.

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Ulriikka Aarnio in Brussels
International Climate Policy Coordinator
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