CAN Europe Publications on:

UN Climate Negotiations (UNFCCC)

  • EU leaders call for a new EU strategy on how to implement the Paris Agreement

    22.03.2018 | Press Releases

    EU Heads of State and Government meeting in Brussels on 22-23 March have called upon the European Commission to urgently develop a draft of a new EU long-term climate strategy. The strategy needs to be ready by early 2019 and clearly lay out what the Paris Agreement commitments mean for the EU.

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  • Letter to President Juncker on transparency in the EU’s climate and energy planning and modelling

    01.02.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers

    1 February 2018

    It’s time for more transparency in the EU’s climate and energy planning and modelling

    Dear President Juncker,

    cc. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans,

    Our organisations represent a broad spectrum of interests in the sustainable transition of the EU’s energy system. We have a common concern about the level of transparency and public participation in the development of pathways that are coherent with the long-term

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  • One Planet Summit needs to boost EU climate action

    08.12.2017 | Press Releases

    The One Planet Summit, organized by French President Emmanuel Macron and taking place in Paris, France on 12 December will gather over 50 heads of state to celebrate the second year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and trigger new ambitious climate action [1].

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  • NGOs call for stronger EU – Africa alliance to fight climate change

    22.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Main civil society networks working on climate change in Europe and Africa have urged the leaders of the two continents to use the upcoming high-profile EU-Africa summit taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 29-30 November as an opportunity to strengthen their cooperation on tackling climate change.

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  • Finding climate ambition outside of Europe

    17.11.2017 | Op-eds

    Yesterday at the Bonn climate summit, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica underlined the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the support needed to rebuild a fully climate-resilient nation. Maeve McLynn describes how rich nations can help.

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  • COP23 delivers a plan for increasing climate ambition

    17.11.2017 | Press Releases

    EU gets homework to scale up action at home

    The COP23 UN climate summit slowly comes to an end in Bonn, Germany today, with countries expected to adopt a roadmap for the Talanoa Dialogue - a process which should ultimately result in scaling up countries’ 2030 climate pledges following the next UN Climate Summit in 2018.

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  • Climate Change Performance Index 2018: High commitment to Paris - insufficient action at home

    15.11.2017 | Press Releases

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    • Global energy transition taking up speed - but no country is doing enough
    • Countries have to strengthen targets and implementation
    • Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway leading the table - USA in free fall
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  • EU fails to deliver on Paris Agreement by setting its carbon market for another decade of failure

    09.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the EU institutions reached an agreement on the redesign of one of the bloc’s key climate policies, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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  • Poland wins Fossil of the Day Award at the Bonn climate summit

    07.11.2017 | Press Releases

    On the second day of this year’s UN climate summit in Bonn, Poland won the second place of the shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to Poland, the host of the next UN climate summit in 2018, for working day and night to turn the EU’s carbon market into potentially the largest coal subsidy scheme in history.

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  • CAN Europe Side Event at COP23: Increasing action between now and 2020

    06.11.2017 | Event & Actions

    Reducing emissions drastically in the near term, before 2020, is a precondition for countries to be able to meet the long term goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

    In this side event Climate Action Network Europe discusses the most important means countries can take to reduce their emissions immediately, and elaborate on why more speedy and effective action will minimise the damage to our societies imposed by climate change.

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  • Briefing on Aligning the EIB Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) with the Paris Agreement

    24.10.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is being reviewing its Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) in 2017. Its EPS is part of the EIB Energy Lending Criteria1 adopted in July 2013, and set at a level of 550 g CO2/kWh.

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  • Letter to Environment Ministers on ESR, COP23 and LULUCF

    02.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Minister,

    Adopting the Paris Agreement in 2015 marked a critical turning point toward a zero-carbon future, uniting the world in a global effort to tackle climate change. During the next Environment Council meeting on 13 October you will have the opportunity to decide on the Council’s position on two of the three pillars of the EU’s climate policy; the Regulations on Effort Sharing (ESR) and Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).

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  • A Perfect Match: Climate Action and Fair, Sustainable Development

    12.09.2017 | Op-eds

    In June of this year the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres led a number of scientists to a call for deeper and faster action on climate change. The message she is sending is clear: if we want to avoid the most dangerous impacts of man-made climate change we need to do much more and we need to do it faster.

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  • France calls for higher EU climate target

    06.07.2017 | Press Releases

    In reaction to the new climate action plan published by the French government today, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • Letter to European Council leaders: implementation of the Paris Agreement

    21.06.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear President/Prime Minister/Chancellor,

    We understand you will be discussing the regrettable withdrawal by the US federal administration from the Paris Agreement.

    Climate Action Network Europe very much welcomed the EU's reaction to this decision and the expression of its clear support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. We similarly welcomed the strong support of so many other major carbon emitters as well as the determination of hundreds of US States,

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  • EU commitment to Paris Agreement needs substance

    21.06.2017 | Press Releases

    EU heads of state and government meeting in Brussels on 22-23 June are expected to express their support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the dedication shown by the EU, but urges leaders to translate their words into action by calling for deeper emission cuts than currently foreseen and providing more support to climate action in developing countries.

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  • Historic breakthrough as EU and China unite on climate

    02.06.2017 | Press Releases

    Clarification added on 02/06/2017, 8:00PM CET: The EU and China agreed to step up cooperation on climate change today, but the statement is to be published at a later moment.

    In a statement to be released today at a joint high-profile summit in Brussels, the EU and China reaffirm their unequivocal commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and establish a closer partnership on climate action and the clean energy transition.

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  • International Climate

    01.06.2017 | Blogs

    It looks like the US is leaving the Paris Agreement!

    When writing this President Trump has just confirmed that he will announce his decision weather or not to stay in the Paris Agreement tonight at 21.00 CET.

    Unnamed sources from the White House have consistently indicated that Trump would be intending to leave the Agreement, and that only the details how to do it are open

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  • US decides to pull out of the Paris Agreement

    01.06.2017 | Press Releases

    In reaction to today’s announcement by the US President Donald Trump, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

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  • Media advisory ahead of the EU-China Summit

    31.05.2017 | Press Releases

    On 1-2 June, the EU and China will hold a high-profile summit, with climate at the forefront of the agenda. The two partners are expected to reaffirm their unequivocal commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to spearhead cooperation on the clean energy transition.

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Ulriikka Aarnio in Brussels
International Climate Policy Coordinator
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Latest Publications on UN Climate Negotiations

  • Climate Urgency Plan for the EU

    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.
  • Rapid shift in land sector essential to stopping climate crisis

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

    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.  
  • Letter to EU environment ministers on EU climate ambition ahead of their informal meeting in July

    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 Europe is calling on the EU to increase its 2030 domestic greenhouse emission reduction target to at least 65% compared to 1990 emissions.
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