[Brussels, 10 October 2012] –FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– NGOs are pleased by the European Parliament's Environment Committee decision today to include agriculture, grasslands and wetlands in the EU's accounting rules for land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF). It was a missed opportunity for concrete actions, however, as they diluted the requirements for LULUCF Action Plans, as proposed by the European Commission.
"CAN Europe is happy to see Parliament moving to improve upon the weak LULUCF rules agreed in Durban last year, by making accounting mandatory for all sectors, including agriculture, " said Ulriikka Aarnio, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer."The LULUCF rules agreed in Durban completely fail to account for what the atmosphere sees. It's a pity Parliament did not use this opportunity to go further and push Member States to take action to reduce emissions from these sectors."
[Brussels, 17 September 2012] - Today EU Energy Ministers moved forward important and strategic discussions related to Europe's clean and sustainable energy future. But without clarity on long-term targets for 2030 and beyond, this rosy future is not guaranteed.
"CAN-Europe is very glad to see Ministers' recognition of the key role that renewable energies will play in the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable energy future," said Daniel Fraile, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer. "We now need to see ambitious targets put in place for 2030 and beyond."
[Brussels, 13 July 2012] Environmental groups gave a cautious welcome to a decision by the European Commission today to block some new high-emitting coal power plants in Poland from benefiting under a €7.1 billion energy modernisation plan. The Commission's decision does not fully reveal how many new coal powered stations have been removed from Poland's modernisation strategy Groups warned that a decision to approve free emission allowances to non-existent plants was a mistake.
Commenting on today's Commission decision, Julia Michalak, climate policy officer for Climate Action Network Europe, said: "The Commission's decision shows that the tide is turning against coal in Poland and that it's high time to invest in clean energy. Prime Minister Tusk must now take stock, back green investments and work with European counterparts on a plan for stronger EU climate and energy action."
Brussels, 3 July 2012 – Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
The report released today finds that the Commission has so far acted to protect the environment even less than the first Barroso Commission , according to environmental organisations. Unless it changes track, the Barroso II Commission could have one of the worst ever environmental records, said the Green 10 coalition .
The report, inspired by a topical Olympic theme, assesses progress in nine EU policy fields with impacts on the environment and reviews the track record of 13 European Commissioners and Commission President Jos? Manuel Barroso. Each policy field is given a mark out of ten based on two main factors: environmental ambition and the extent of environmental issues that the Commission has addressed.
[Brussels, 15 June 2012] Today EU Energy Ministers were not able to reach unanimous conclusions on the Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050,  which was published in November 2011. Poland once again isolated itself, refusing to support a common energy strategy for the European Union to decarbonize its energy system by 2050. The "no-regrets option" cited in the Roadmap, was supported by the remaining 26 Energy Ministers as the only possible route towards a cost competitive, safe and environmentally friendly energy system.
"The fact that Poland stands alone in its opposition to defining a common EU energy strategy means that an overriding majority of EU Member States agreed that further supporting renewable energy is the only way forward towards a sustainable, decarbonized and cost effective economy", said Daniel Fraile, senior energy policy officer of CAN-Europe. "We now call upon the European Commission, on the basis of this strong support from EU Member States to develop ambitious, binding and effective measures and targets for the further development of renewable energy beyond the current 2020 targets. This will include making the right choices on the further development of energy infrastructures and grids".
A CAN Europe briefing on the importance of the no-regrets option and different Member States positions in Energy Council discussions can be found here.