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Parliament lead Committee throws lifeline to ailing EU carbon market

Joint statement by CAN Europe, Greenpeace and WWF

Brussels, 19 February 2013 – European environmental NGOs today welcomed the European Parliament Environment Committee’s support for the proposal to temporarily curb the oversupply of emission allowances in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS). This ‘backloading’ proposal will go some way to mitigate the severe problems faced by the EU’s carbon market, which has so far failed to dissuade polluters due to the hopelessly low cost of allowances.

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Another year of inaction on climate ends in Doha

EU misses opportunity to show leadershipEU-RAY-web

[8 December 2012 - COP18, DOHA] At the Doha climate talks, governments failed to do anything meaningful to avert the planet's slide towards catastrophic climate change. Countries used the economic crisis as a reason to avoid paying for climate finance, while billions of dollars in damages rack up from monster storms.


Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe said:

"Rather than contribute to closing the gap between what countries are willing to do and what is needed in terms of climate action, Doha has increased it. By sticking with only the lowest end of their promises, Parties like the European Union are moving this gap in the wrong direction. The EU missed its chance to play a leadership role in Doha, which it could have done by increasing its emission reduction target to 30%, in line with policies it already has in place. We are dismayed that the EU accepted weakening "hot air" rules by allowing the use of emission surpluses from the past."

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Energy savings can light up Europe's dark winters

picture of street lamp in the night time snow[05 December 2012 - Brussels] - Today, the EU's new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), which includes the EU's first ever binding energy savings targets, goes into effect. From today, every Member State will have 18 months to prepare schemes for energy companies to deliver annual energy savings of 1.5%[1].

"We expect the EED to unlock financing for energy savings, help energy providers to transform their business models and pave the way for complete renovation of Europe's ageing building stock," said Erica Hope of CAN Europe. "These goals can be achieved if ministers in Member States take on the real work of ambitiously transposing the Directive into national law."

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The EU's 20% target reflects neither ambition nor the climate and energy policies they are developing

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[04/12/12 - COP18, DOHA] CAN Europe today accused the EU of failing to take the opportunity to lead on raising climate ambition to bridge the gigatonne gap in global emissions. In a new briefing [1], CAN Europe shows how the EU is already on course to reach 25% emissions reductions by 2020, with the final number being closer to 27% if proposed further reductions from various EU initiatives are fully implemented. If the EU would make full use of the opportunities identified by research groups and NGOs, it could reduce domestic emissions beyond 30%.

Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe said:"The EU is wasting this opportunity to take political advantage of the emission reduction policies they already have in place and push for more at the international climate negotiations. They know that in reality their emissions will be much lower and should dare to raise the bar and show others that everyone can jump higher."

"If they want to show other developed and developing nations that they are serious about avoiding a world beyond 2 degrees, they should bring something to the table this week, preferably a number beginning with three," Trio added.

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Energy ministers endorse Europe's renewable future

[Brussels, 3 December 2012] - CAN Europe welcomes Energy Ministers' call for a long-term, stable framework for renewable energy in the EU after 2020. At today's Energy Council, ministers recognized that a coherent set of policies that ensures a higher share of renewables would help unlock the full economic, social and environmental benefits these technologies can bring.

"This decision represents a good step on the path that must be traveled toward the EU's goal of cost-effectively decarbonizing its energy sector," said Daniel Fraile, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer. "We already have agreement on the need for policies that incentivize higher use of renewables. Now we need to define them so that investors keep backing these technologies. Setting a 2030 binding target should be the next task."

The European Commission now has the clear mandate it needs to begin preparing an ambitious proposal for climate and energy policy after 2020, when the EU's current targets will end. CAN Europe is calling for a coherent set of binding 2030 targets for renewable energy, greenhouse gases AND energy savings.

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High Emissions - Low Ambitions

Germanwatch's New Climate Change Performance Index published at Doha's climate talks

Doha, 3.12.12: In a time of heavily increasing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel investments, the light at the end of the tunnel cannot yet be seen. The eighth annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), which was published at the Doha climate talks today by Germanwatch and the Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, ranks the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide. For the first time, the index used deforestation data, which resulted in a rankings drop of countries with high forest emissions such as Brazil and Indonesia. Once again, no country made it into the first three spots on the list due to a lack of ambition to reach the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degree Celsius.

"With Denmark, Sweden and Portugal on top, it is not a black and white picture we see here. While Denmark and Sweden show better policy ratings and relatively low emissions, Portugal's high rank is mainly derived from lower emissions due to the economic crisis. But the EU as a whole presents a mixed picture here, with the Netherlands and Poland ranking below average", says Jan Burck, Team Leader for German and European Climate Policy at Germanwatch. "Also, the emission trends in some countries benefitted from the economic crisis entailing a decrease of emissions for a short time. But there is no time to lean back."

Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe, adds: "As long as the European Union stalls on raising its own climate target to minus 30 percent by 2020, the positions of EU countries as frontrunners are at stake. Having met their Kyoto targets already, a move to a more ambitious target would send a strong signal for the Doha negotiations as well."

The two biggest emitters, the US and China, are still ranking comparably low. "The United States climbed up in this year's Index, but partly due to decreased emissions through the economic crisis and the massive exploration of shale gas. The indirect emissions of shale gas are not taken into account in this Index, as only energy and forest emissions are included. With a shift towards renewables and more efficiency, the US could climb up even more. China's emissions level has risen, but as the massive investments in renewable energies are expected to show an effect shortly, its emissions trend could slow down in the near future and lead to better results", Jan Burck adds.

This year's host country Qatar did not make it onto the list. "Qatar's emissions are even worse than that of the last ranked country on our list, Saudi Arabia. Including them in our ranking would have distorted the ranking of all other countries. We hope that Qatar will use the opportunity of the climate summit to pledge both emissions cuts and financial support for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries in the coming years," Wendel Trio explains.

The Climate Change Performance Index 2013 can be found at www.germanwatch.org/en/ccpi

CONTACT DETAILS:
Larissa Neubauer, Press Officer, Germanwatch, +49 (0) 151 252 11072, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jan Burck, Team Leader German and European Climate Policy, Germanwatch, +974 70015424, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (in Doha)
Vanessa Bulkacz, Communications Manager, CAN Europe, +32 2894 4675, +32 494 525 738, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wendel Trio, Director, CAN Europe, +974 552 47299 (in Doha), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Experts available for interviews on the results of their respective countries:

Kellie Caught , Australia, WWF, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +61 406 383 277
Julia Kerschbaumsteiner, Austria, Greenpeace, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +43 1545458043
Mathias Bienstman, Belgium, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +32499776806
Carlos Rittl, Brazil, WWF, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +55 61 81752729
Patrick Bonin, Canada, Greenpeace, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Doha: +974 6650-0757
Soren Dyck-Madsen, Denmark, Ecocouncil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Doha: +974 55186413
Lama El Hatow, Egypt, IndyAct, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Doha: +974 66214264
Dimitra Spatharidou, Greece, Mediterranean SOS Network, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +30 210 8228795
Mauro Albrizio, Italy, Legambiente, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +32 2 280 64 16
Ola Skaalvik Elvevold, Norway, Friends of the Earth/Rainforest Foundation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +47 416 85 031
Francisco Ferreira, Portugal, Quercus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Doha: +974 55147997
Olga Senova, Russia, Climate Secretariat of Russian Socio-Ecological Union, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Doha: +79219117986
Onder Algedik, Turkey, Global Action Group, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +90 532 5577664
Dustin Benton, United Kingdom, Green Alliance, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +20 7233 7433
Alexander Ochs, USA, Worldwatch Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +1 646 812 6252

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