CAN Europe Publications on:

Coal Phase Out

  • Off target: Ranking of EU countries’ ambition and progress in fighting climate change

    17.06.2018 | Reports & Briefs

    The aim of this publication is to examine which EU Member States are willing to increase their climate action and tackle the gap between the goals of the Paris Agreement and current greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts in the EU.

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  • Believe it or not, the EU can look to the US for inspiration on ending coal subsidies

    06.03.2018 | Op-eds

    In January this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the United States unanimously rejected proposals by the Trump administration that would have allowed coal subsidies under the guise of energy “resilience”. This is exactly the principle that should now guide EU legislators, writes Joanna Flisowska.

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  • Just Transition must ensure no worker and region is left behind

    26.02.2018 | Press Releases

    The EU Platform for Coal Regions in Transition was launched by the European Commission in December last year to support Member States and regions as they shift away from coal towards renewable energy, in order to “leave no region behind”. The platform holds its first stakeholders meetings today and tomorrow in Brussels.

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  • MEPs take a step towards fixing electricity market rules

    21.02.2018 | Press Releases

    Today the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee (ITRE) adopted its position on the laws to redesign the EU’s electricity market.

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  • Commission gives go ahead to Poland’s massive coal subsidies

    07.02.2018 | Press Releases

    Contrary to its own proposal to curb power subsidies with an emissions limit, the European Commission has approved the Polish capacity mechanism that will allow the country to subsidise coal-fired power plants for decades to come. This will severely undermine the EU's ability to implement the Paris Agreement.

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  • EU governments’ positions would stifle renewable energy revolution

    18.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Today EU Energy Ministers have adopted their positions on four legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, which will guide the EU’s energy transition in the coming decade and beyond.

    Turning their backs on the Paris Agreement, the ministers opted for a feeble renewable energy target, lax rules for ensuring that all EU countries contribute to the energy transition and massive coal subsidies in the EU’s power market.

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  • Balkan coal power costing lives, urgent action is needed

    14.12.2017 | Op-eds

    More than 60,000 premature deaths in Europe could be prevented over the next decade if urgent action is taken on air pollution from Europe’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants, write Dragana Mileusnić and Ioana Ciuta.

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  • Reducing air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans would save thousands of lives annually

    13.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Swift and significant emission cuts by Europe’s top polluters under new rules would boost health and reduce healthcare costs.

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  • CAN Europe letter ahead of the Energy Council on 18 December

    13.12.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    For Energy Council on 18 December

    Brussels, 13 December 2017

    Dear Minister,

    Ahead of Energy Council on Monday 18 December, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe would like to call on you to adopt an ambitious position on the Market Design Initiative, the Renewable Energy Directive, and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation.

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  • EU governments at a crossroads - clean or dirty energy?

    13.12.2017 | Press Releases

    On 18 December, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on four legislative files under the Clean Energy Package, namely those regarding renewable energy, governance and the internal market for electricity.

    Worryingly, the draft documents for the meeting show that they are stubbornly insisting on an outdated, blatantly unambitious position on the renewable energy target and weak rules for helping countries make energy transition. They are also

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  • New EU platform can help Europe get beyond coal

    11.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Today an EU Platform for Coal Regions in Transition is being launched by European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič. The Platform aims to support Member States and regions as they shift away from coal towards renewable energy, in order to “leave no region behind”.

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  • Estonia makes surprise push for coal subsidies

    05.12.2017 | Press Releases

    The Estonian EU Presidency has opened the door to allowing massive coal subsidies in the new EU power market rules, proposing changes eliminating the carbon intensity threshold for existing coal plants at the 11th hour of negotiations.(1) The changes could allow the use of public money for plants to stay open longer, and even extend their lifetimes.

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  • Crunch time as EU decides on clean energy laws

    27.11.2017 | Press Releases

    The European Parliament and Energy Ministers are currently finalising their respective positions on the Clean Energy Package - eight legislative proposals that will guide energy policy all across Europe for the next decade. They must step up and strengthen the proposals if Europe is serious about tackling climate change and making European policies work

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  • Climate Change Performance Index 2018: High commitment to Paris - insufficient action at home

    15.11.2017 | Press Releases

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    • Global energy transition taking up speed - but no country is doing enough
    • Countries have to strengthen targets and implementation
    • Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway leading the table - USA in free fall
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  • EU fails to deliver on Paris Agreement by setting its carbon market for another decade of failure

    09.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the EU institutions reached an agreement on the redesign of one of the bloc’s key climate policies, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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  • Joint NGO statement on the ETS revision

    08.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Being serious about the Paris Agreement:
    Stop the ETS funding coal,
    Start a meaningful carbon price

    This Agreement [] aims to [] making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
    Paris Agreement, Article 2(1)c

    We, the undersigned, urgently appeal to Representatives of European Parliament, Council and the European Commission to ensure that

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  • Poland wins Fossil of the Day Award at the Bonn climate summit

    07.11.2017 | Press Releases

    On the second day of this year’s UN climate summit in Bonn, Poland won the second place of the shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The dubious award was handed down to Poland, the host of the next UN climate summit in 2018, for working day and night to turn the EU’s carbon market into potentially the largest coal subsidy scheme in history.

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  • CAN Europe Side Event at COP23: Increasing action between now and 2020

    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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  • Challenge to EU leaders: Time to move Europe Beyond Coal

    02.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

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  • Submission to the Consultation "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change"

    23.08.2017 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe has contributed a submission on "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change" sent out by the Citizens’ Assembly of Ireland.

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Elif Gündüzyeli
Senior Coal Policy Coordinator
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Magdalena Klarenbach
Coal Policy Officer
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Based in Krakow, Poland


Viktor Berishaj
Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe
viktor /at/

+32 4714 38 442


Özlem Katısöz 
Turkey Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator
ozlem /at/
Based in Istanbul, Turkey


Elif Cansu
Turkey Policy Officer
cansu /at/
Based in Istanbul, Turkey