12.12.2019 | Event & Actions

Climate litigation continues to expand across world jurisdictions. This event taking place in Madrid during the COP 25 will gather different campaigners and plaintiffs who are involved in different legal actions to seek climate justice.

12 December at 4 pm - The Social Summit for Climate / Complutense University of Madrid

26.11.2019 | Event & Actions

Climate action and clean energy transition are closely linked with social justice. Communities depending on coal investments understand best the need for a just transition from coal to the low carbon economy. CAN Europe believes that Just Transition should be a priority of governments to support local communities in building decentralised, community-based renewable energy systems and to secure a just transition for people in coal dependent regions.

In CAN Europe’s side event “Just transition at the grassroots: preparing for the coal phase out”, we will discuss the progress on just transition in 2019.

27.11.2018 | Event & Actions

This December government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland, for the  COP24 climate summit. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement. They are expected to commit to put forward higher 2030 climate targets by 2020, deliver a robust Paris Agreement rulebook and provide predictable and meaningful financial support for developing countries. Click to find out more on CAN Europe's side events.

15.11.2018 | Event & Actions

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will hold the first global Climate Summit at the level of Heads of State/Government on 22 November 2018 convened by the incoming Forum president, the Marshall Islands. In light of the great urgency to act, the Summit will provide a platform for all vulnerable countries to speak out on their efforts to “survive and thrive” in the face of climate change, communicating progress, inspiring action and challenging other nations to do more. The Climate Vulnerable Forum, CARE International and Climate Action Network Europe will organise a specific event focused in Brussels on 22 November, 8 to 9 am, in the European Parliament which will be an official part of the Virtual Climate Summit.

The Virtual Climate Summit at the level of Heads of State/Government on 22nd of November, 2018 will be held ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference at Katowice, Poland (COP24), to allow leaders of all nations to take into account the latest scientific findings and translate them into a sound policy response. The event will be the first ever online global political Summit, avoiding emissions, increasing inclusivity and the impact of its outcomes. It will release an ‘outcome document’ on behalf of participating leaders delivering individual statements (pre-recorded videos or written) to be aired on the online Summit platform.

The event that will be organised by the CVF, CARE International and Climate Action Network Europe in Brussels on 22 November, 8 to 9 am, in the European Parliament is an official part of the Virtual Climate Summit.

The Brussels event will be co- hosted by:
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary H.E Mr Deo SARAN, Fiji
MEP Florent Marcellesi, Green, Spain, member of FEMM committee and sub on DEVE
MEP Sirpa Pietikainen, EPP, former Finnish Environment Minister and sub on Envi
MEP Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Development Committee

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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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12.01.2017 | Event & Actions

No fossil fuels in the next EU budget!


The EU Toxic Funding Awards are here to show you what politicians are doing with your taxes. Are they still helping the fossil fuel industry to wreck the climate? Or are they investing in clean renewables and energy efficiency to build a safer fossil free society for us all?

According to the European Commission, the next EU budget will be a budget for the future that delivers on issues that matter for Europeans. But wait, shouldn’t that mean a budget that finances the solutions, not the causes of climate change? Yet current legislative proposals would permit and even encourage funding for fossil fuels, in particular gas, over most of the next decade.

What's the most toxic? The public has decided! Four of the worst examples of toxic funding proposed to be part of the next EU budget were ranked by a public vote in November.

12.01.2017 | Event & Actions



Subsidising fossil fuels stands in the way of climate action across Europe while threatening our health, environment and economies.
Expose the financial support for dirty energy in your country by voting for the worst fossil fuel subsidies during the first ever European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards!

By voting for the worst subsidies, you contribute to exposing the hypocrisy of European governments and other public institutions’ promises to tackle climate change while at the same time funding fossil fuels.


12.01.2017 | Event & Actions

The 2018 European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards!


The European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards expose financial support for dirty energy in countries across Europe. Subsidising fossil fuels threatens our health and economies, pollutes our air, and undermines action on climate change. Governments may be talking up their action on climate change, but they’re pouring billions into dirty energy.

The public vote has now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners on April 16!

12.01.2017 | Event & Actions


Oil and gas companies in Norway receive billions in subsidies

The Norwegian government rewards investors for putting their money into oil and gas infrastructure, thereby increasing supplies from Norway to the rest of the world. These subsidies represent a threat to the climate, and to vulnerable ecosystems in the surrounding seas

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To successfully combat climate change, both supply and demand of fossil fuels have to be dealt with. Norway supplies Europe with huge amounts of oil and gas every day, ensuring easy access to the climate-harming fuels. And government subsidies have allowed Norway to become a large supplier of oil and gas. Here’s an example to illustrate how it works: If an oil company invests NOK 100 billion (roughly 11 billion) in a new oil production field in Norway, the government will pay approximately NOK 89 billion out of the 100, leaving the oil company to pay only NOK 11 billion. You might expect that the Norwegian government then collects 89% of eventual profits. But this is not the case.

If the oil company in the example turns a profit before tax at NOK 100 billion, they get to keep not NOK 11 billion, but NOK 22 billion! This leaves the government, who paid 89 billion initially, with only 78 billion. The discrepancy for oil companies between risk and return makes investments in oil and gas projects incredibly attractive, and drives investment in the supply of these climate-wrecking fuels.

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has estimated the size of this subsidy since 2013. In the period 2013 – 2017, oil and gas companies have been subsidized with more than NOK 85 billion (more than €8.7 billion) according to the ministry. This is money that should have been spent on ensuring a clean and just transition away from fossil fuels, not on making the climate challenge even harder to meet.

Norway is supporting several important climate initiatives, like REDD+, which objective is to avoid deforestation. But, as it is helping the climate with one hand, it is destroying it with the other. The hypocrisy of these well hidden subsidies reveals the true face of Norway, which is not as climate friendly as you might have thought. 


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12.01.2017 | Event & Actions


Gold prize winner!

License to drill: oil threatens nature and tourist hotpot

Last year in major disregard to climate targets, the Portuguese government handed out a license to Galp/ENI companies for deep offshore drilling in Alentejo, a beautiful biodiversity protected area and a tourism hotspot.

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In January 2017, the Portuguese directorate general for maritime resources granted a license to use the offshore maritime space (a TUPEM permit) to the oil companies Galp/ENI in the deep offshore of Alentejo, off the beautiful Portuguese southern coast.

This permit grants right to private use of the offshore area - a form of special treatment and an indirect subsidy. It could serve positive objectives, assessing wind and tidal renewable energy for example. In a country known for its leading role in renewables and which is preparing a national plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, it is outrageous that fossil fuels are benefitting from this special treatment. Prospection for oil and gas is not compatible with a decarbonization pathway.

Moreover the Alentejo coastline is a biodiversity protected area and a tourism hotspot. The region is characterized by 35 natural habitats, many of which are unique. The site has a high number of priority plant species. The coastal cliffs, beaches, dunes, moorlands and wetlands coastal plateau and mountain ravines support diverse flora. Algarve and Alentejo regions are known for nature tourism activities, such as cycling, trekking, surfing or bird watching. Fishing is also important for local communities. But there have been no economic, environmental impact studies, or cost-benefit analysis for this oil drilling permit.

NGOs (including ZERO) are objecting to the license for deep offshore drilling in Alentejo, and have launched online petitions (one reached 42.000 signatures and was discussed in the National Parliament), minute letters, marches, social networks, legal actions and crowdfunding. Municipalities and regional authorities launched legal actions to stop the concession. Scientists have also signed an open letter against the project because of its climate impacts.

As a result in February 2018 the National Parliament approved a resolution calling on the government to suspend the fossil fuel prospection and studies on the coast of Aljezur, in Alentejo. At the beginning of March, deep offshore prospection and preparatory studies in Alentejo were suspended by a national court for three months.

But this does not mean the fight against fossil fuel exploration is over. 

NGOs are now calling for the cancellation of all concessions to explore fossil fuels in Portugal, and the revision of the national legislation to stop new concessions.

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