CAN Europe Publications on:

Climate & Energy Targets

  • Media advisory on G7 Summit 7-8 June 2015

    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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  • G7 climate pledges not in line with climate science

    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

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  • The US unveils its pledge for Paris climate talks

    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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  • EU's energy union plans 'muddled' and lacking direction

    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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  • The Energy Union lacks a clear winning strategy

    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

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  • South East Europe should not become a dumping ground for dirty energy projects, say MEPs

    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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  • The EU’s climate pledge for the Paris agreement sets a low standard for other emitters

    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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  • Member States and Commission in conflict over EU’s commitment to the Paris climate deal

    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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  • Commission's Paris proposals useful, but insufficient

    25.02.2015 | 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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  • Letter to Ministers: inclusion of LULUCF undermines 2030 climate target

    17.02.2015 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Inclusion of LULUCF in the EU 2030 climate target undermines its environmental integrity.

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  • Lima climate talks postpone crucial decisions

    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

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  • Climate Change Performance Index: Global Shift Needs Further Action

    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

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  • European Council: EU leaders agree on weak and compromised climate and energy targets.

    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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  • October European Council - boom or bust for the post-2020 climate and energy policy framework

    14.10.2014 | 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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  • Juncker Commission’s commitment to climate action looks doubtful after Cañete hearing

    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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  • My Climate Ask - Action at the EU Citizens Summit

    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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  • Brussels Calling – European citizens send climate asks to New York summit.

    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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  • European Parliament calls for urgent climate action

    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

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  • Stronger Together

    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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  • Open Letter to Juncker: Grave concerns of environmental NGOs

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



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