CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • 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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  • MEPs improve proposal for key climate policy

    30.05.2017 | Press Releases

    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted today on the revision of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which covers emissions from transport, waste, buildings and agriculture, for the coming decade.

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  • European Parliament’s report calls for ramping up renewables

    23.05.2017 | Press Releases

    The draft report on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 - 2030 leaked to the press yesterday calls upon the EU to raise its 2030 renewable energy target to at least 35% and re-introduce binding national targets for 2030.

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  • EU’s risky energy efficiency debate

    19.05.2017 | Op-eds

    Since EU governments started negotiating their position on the revision of the bloc’s energy efficiency laws, proposals have been going from bad to worse. Member states have to step their game up, warns Dora Petroula.

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  • Infographic: The EU needs an at least 45% renewable energy target for 2030

    18.05.2017 | Presentations & Infographics

    The infographic shows the multiple benefits of raising the EU 2030 renewable energy target from a mere 27% to at least 45%.

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  • European Parliament’s report calls for radical improvement of climate and energy policies

    17.05.2017 | Press Releases

    A draft report on the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation released today calls upon the EU to embrace the zero-carbon transition and scale up climate action to be more consistent with the Paris Agreement.

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  • Briefing on energy efficiency and Emissions Trading Scheme

    27.04.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    As the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enter the phase of intense negotiations on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, it is important to underscore that a higher energy efficiency target will help the EU in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and thus also in implementing its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Therefore, increasing the energy efficiency target should be welcomed as an opportunity to revise the EU's inadequate climate target and

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  • Briefing: Five things you should know about Energy Union Governance

    05.04.2017 | Reports & Briefs


    The governance regulation brings together climate and energy policies, climate change mitigation and adaptation and aims at managing the low-carbon transition as a whole. This short briefing presents you five things you need to know about the regulation. Spoiler: the text still needs to be strengthened for it to become the transition framework it has the potential to be.

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  • Climate action can bring the EU closer to its citizens

    22.03.2017 | Press Releases

    On Saturday, EU Heads of State and Government will gather in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU and discuss its future. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe urges EU leaders to put climate action at the heart of a new vision that will help revitalise the European project. Unfortunately, a preparatory document for the Rome declaration does not contain any references to climate change.

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  • The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive

    21.03.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    In advance of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that founded the European Community, European civil society organisations and trade unions have appealed to EU leaders to show courage and vision in leading the transition to a just, sustainable, democratic and inclusive Europe.

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  • CAN Europe Position on the revised Renewable Energy Directive and Electricity Market Design

    07.03.2017 | CAN Europe Positions

    The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and of the electricity market design represents a great opportunity to foster the further development of renewable energy in the European Union for the decades to come and to make the market ‘fit for renewables’.

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  • CAN Europe Position on the Energy Efficiency Directive review

    07.03.2017 | CAN Europe Positions

    The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) review represents a great opportunity to strengthen the Directive, building on lessons learnt from the implementation so far. The Directive provides a real added value to the European energy efficiency policy framework, as it helps create a level playing field among the Member States. An EED which leads to higher energy savings will offer even greater benefits to European citizens related to greenhouse gas emission reductions, job creation, lower

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  • Letter to Foreign Affairs Ministers on climate diplomacy

    03.03.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs,

    at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council on 6 March you will discuss the interlinkage between the EU’s climate and energy diplomacy and security policy. Climate Action Network Europe welcomes the initiative as we strongly believe that Europe’s geopolitical interests are closely linked to managing climate risk and the global energy transition toward 100% renewable energy.

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  • EU and China can outflank Trump on climate change

    17.02.2017 | Op-eds

    The time is ripe for Brussels and Beijing to step up their relationship as US climate diplomacy dwindles, write Maeve McLynn and Li Shuo

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  • EU’s progress on energy transition too slow to meet Paris Agreement objectives

    01.02.2017 | Press Releases

    The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the transition of the European economy away from fossil fuels is underway, but its pace is far too slow to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • Energy – winter package is out!

    01.12.2016 | Blogs

    On 30 November, the European Commission presented its long-awaited package of Energy Union legislative proposals.

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  • Lacklustre Commission energy package inconsistent with Paris Agreement

    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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  • Climate Change Performance Index 2017

    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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  • EU countries’ emission targets fall short of Paris Agreement goals

    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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  • Briefing: A trick list of how countries can avoid climate action in their non-ETS sectors

    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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Wendel Trio
CAN Europe Director
wendel /at/
+32 2894 4677



Klaus Röhrig
EU Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator
klaus /at/
+32 2893 0839