During the meeting of COREPER II on 20 January, the EU Ambassadors will discuss Council Conclusions on Climate and Energy Diplomacy ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 25 January 2021.
We appreciate efforts to develop a comprehensive set of conclusions on Climate and Energy Diplomacy. The ambition of the European Green Deal is to put climate action at the centre of the EU’s economic development. These conclusions should make clear that accelerating the transition to a climate safe world for all is equally central to European foreign policy. In this letter, we present key points to be taken into account while preparing for the meeting.
The current status of the TEN E revision is not in line with the Commission’s proposal for a 55% climate target for 2030, and much less with the science-based target of 65%. It is necessary to end subsidising unneeded fossil gas projects today, to reach those targets and avoid converting billions of consumers’ and taxpayers’ money into stranded assets in ten years’ time.
On 9 December select Leaders of the African Union and European Union meet to progress negotiations on the new EU Africa Partnership Strategy. Ahead of the meeting, which predes a Summit in 2021, Climate Action Network Europe sent the letters below on the subjects of civil society participation, and on the role of climate action in multilateralism and building back better.
Ahead of the vote of the two lead-committees of the European Parliament on the EU recovery fund, MEPs call for an exclusion of fossil fuels – including gas – from EU public funds, especially the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), in a cross-party letter.
Green 10 members are calling on the European Parliament to exclude fossil fuels from the EU recovery fund, the Recovery and Resilience Facility, ahead of a key vote in the Economic and Budget committees.
CAN Europe on behalf of member groups in France, Germany and Spain urged the European Commission to take all the necessary measures to ensure all national and EU recovery funding is truly delivering on climate action and the ecological transition.
To EU Energy and Climate Ministers, 27 October 2020
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe's leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change with over 170 member organisations active in 38 European countries, representing over 1.500 NGOs. ClientEarth is an environmental law charity with offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin and Beijing. ClientEarth uses the power of the law to protect people and the planet. Friends of the Earth Europe is the European branch of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International. It includes 32 national organisations and thousands of local groups in Europe.
In view of the discussions on the own-initiative report “The impact on the fishing sector of offshore wind farms and other renewable energy systems” (2019/2158(INI)) in the parliament, we would like to present our views on this topic. Climate change hits our ocean and seas strongly. The rising concentration of greenhouse gas emissions is having a double impact on our ocean and seas: it is driving up water temperatures and causing acidification, which interact to the detriment of marine ecosystems. Warmer and more acidic seawater will negatively affect fishery and aquaculture.
This letter from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) CSO Reference Group sets out key priorities for OECD DAC members on reforming climate finance to support resilient, Paris-aligned recovery in developing countries and to support their implementation of the Paris Agreement, ahead of their October High Level Meeting.
Ahead of the European Council’s discussion on the ambition level of the new 2030 climate target, a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities and NGOs published a joint letter calling on the EU leaders to agree on the most ambitious target level. Signed by 47 organisations representing over 2.700 cities, 330 regions, €62 trillion in investment portfolio, more than 800 companies and 330 NGOs, the joint letter clearly expresses the desire of European stakeholders to have the EU’s 2030 climate target substantially increased.Building on the recent proposal from the European Commission, the signatories hope European Member States will improve what is proposed, and in particular call for decisive action to remove emissions through Nature Based Solutions to come on top of the needed strong emission reductions in other sectors.
Click here to download the letter pdf Final version October HAC letter on EU 2030 Climate Target (690 KB)