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Renewables boost has significantly reduced emissions, EEA study shows

18.01.2021 | Press Releases

Renewable electricity generation has doubled since 2005, having a positive impact on both air and water pollution, with an overall mitigation effect on climate change, Europe Environment Agency study shows. But even meeting the EU's not ambitious enough 55% climate target requires its power sector to switch to renewables faster.

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China's stillborn coal investment in Turkey

14.01.2021 | Press Releases

The report "Feasibility of Coal in the Age of Renewable Energy: Hunutlu Thermal Power Plant Case" by WWF Turkey and SEFiA (Sustainable Economy and Financial Research Association) in collaboration with Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe reveals why coal investments no longer bring profits, through the example of the Hunutlu coal-fired...

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Poland goes all out on coal rescue against EU’s higher climate goal

23.12.2020 | Op-eds

The Polish government is on the hunt for securing yet another stream of subsidies to its coal industry, two weeks after EU leaders agreed on an enhanced climate target by 2030. But the European Commission can stop this, write Elif Gündüzyeli and Joanna Flisowska.

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Next year EU legislation needs to look beyond the new 2030 climate target

17.12.2020 | Press Releases

EU Environment ministers today endorsed the earlier leaders’ agreement to up the bloc’s climate target to at least 55% net emission cuts by 2030. Next year will be crunch time to align the EU’s climate and energy legislation with the new goal, and even go beyond as more efforts will...

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Featured Publications

Tackling energy poverty through National Energy and Climate Plans: Priority or empty promise?

30.11.2020 | Reports & Briefs

New analysis of national plans, policies and measures in six Central and Eastern European countries, reveals inadequate action to tackle energy poverty. The report, prepared by NGOs and researchers across Europe, finds that Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have failed to provide a clear definition of  energy poverty...

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Briefing: How can the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support the fight against climate change?

24.11.2020 | Reports & Briefs

The new briefing published by CAN Europe and its members across Europe underlines the importance of a climate- friendly Common Agriculture Policy to ensure that the agriculture sector contributes to the objectives of the European Green Deal and the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. This document, coming out during the...

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Just Transition or Just Talk? 2020

09.09.2020 | Reports & Briefs

National Energy and Climate Plans reveal that the EU countries set to receive most of the Just Transition Fund plan to stick with coal - or swap it for fossil gas.

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Campaigns & Projects

People's Climate Case

People’s Climate Case is the litigation action initiated by 10 families from Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Kenya, Fiji, and the Saami Youth Association Sáminuorra. Their homes, livelihoods, traditional family occupation and culture are affected by climate change and they are taking the EU institutions to court to protect their fundamental rights and to prevent dangerous climate change.

The plaintiffs are accompanied by a broad range of NGOs, scientists and citizens, including Climate Action Network, Europe’s largest NGO coalition working on climate and energy issues, with over 160 member organisations in more than 35 European countries.

For more information: https://peoplesclimatecase.caneurope.org/

Cost of Coal in Turkey

Behind the notion of "externalities", the often overlooked, real costs of coal power production are paid with human life, social, economic and cultural assets, ecosystem destruction and climate change. With its coal production facilities and three coal-fired power plants, the province of Muğla in Turkey has become an open-air laboratory that exposes the impacts and dangers of coal, and reveals its alternatives.

CAN Europe conducted a comprehensive study that indicates that we can put an end to the costs that are generally defined as “externalities” and disregarded in the coal-based energy production policies and investments, pointing out to available alternatives.

For more information: http://costsofcoal.caneurope.org/index.html

Unify: Bringing the EU together on Climate Action

“Unify: Bringing the EU together on climate action” aims to facilitate the effective and early transition of Member States across Europe to low carbon and resilient economies by unifying three key policy opportunities: programming of EU funds, National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and national and the EU’s Long Term Strategies.

For more information: https://unify.caneurope.org/

 

 

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.

WesternBalkans smallDespite this, countries of Southeastern Europe plan to add about 6 GW of new coal power capacity by 2030, largely financed by Chinese investors. At the same time, most of these countries strive to join the EU between 2020 and 2030. This poses a great opportunity and responsibility for the EU to help steer the energy transition to 100% sustainable renewable energy in this region. The European Commission, European banks as well as Member States provide significant development funding to the region. The messages they send and the way this money is spent test the EU’s climate and energy leadership in its closest neighbourhood.

The Energy Union framework provides a number of opportunities for the EU to enable a just transition to 100% sustainable renewable energy in the region. This shift can be sped up by advancing the enlargement process and the ongo­ing reform of the Energy Community Treaty on energy-related cooperation with the region, as well as by improving countries’ nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement.

The region offers a huge untapped potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency development. In fact, the energy efficiency potential is the largest in Europe. Efforts have to be made to ensure implementation, since significant financing is available but often not fully used.

All these opportunities must not be missed if the EU and these South Eastern countries want to ensure the well-being and prosperity of European citizens.Together with partners, CAN Europe works to support anti-coal campaigners accross Southeast Europe. We advocate for a just transition to 100% sustainable energy by 2050, and ambitious climate action in the region.

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Useful South East Europe Resources

Here you find a range of useful external South East Europe climate and energy resources. Read more

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The Energy Community

The Energy Community is an intergovernmental organization dealing with energy policy in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region. Read More 

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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. Read More 

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system. Read More

 
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