CAN Europe General Assembly April  2012

CAN Europe General Assembly April 2012

Members met in April to discuss EU Climate and Energy policy

Adaptation against the odds

Adaptation against the odds

Climate adaptation photo exhibition at Mundo-B, in conjunction with Practical Action, Feburary 2011

CAN Europe Directors Past and Present

CAN Europe Directors Past and Present

CAN Europe Directors past and present

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Credibility and will can move climate talks forward

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – [Bonn – 25 May 2012] During these past two weeks at the climate negotiations in Bonn, we witnessed an inadequate response from all Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to address the climate crisis. Somehow lost in the din of over technical discussions in Bonn is the fact that global emissions are still rising rather than falling.

 

CAN Europe calls on the EU to help increase ambition. CAN has been pushing for more attention on short-term emissions reduction targets. It became obvious during these two weeks that especially the most vulnerable countries have not given up on this kind of increased ambition this year. The EU’s presentation at the equity workshop was proactive and positive. It’s clear that if the future global climate agreement is not fair and equitable, it also won’t be ambitious.

 

“We see ambition and equity as two sides of the same coin,” said Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe. “For the EU, this means immediately raising its emissions reduction target at home to at least 30%, which could happen as early as the 11 June meeting of environment ministers. The positive momentum that started building in Bonn won’t kick off by itself.”

 

In addition, we need to see movement on climate finance. "The EU says it is committed to delivering climate finance in the coming years, but finance ministers have still not been able to confirm that there will be funds available from next year,” said Mattias Söderberg, Senior Advocacy Advisor at DanChurchAid. “This reluctance to make concrete financial commitments is undermining trust among developing countries.”

 

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Green 10 urges leadership from Van Rompuy on EU climate ambition

image of a coal power plant

Photo credit: MACHINAS/Paweł Oborski

Tonight EU leaders will debate how to boost growth and jobs in the EU. The Green 10, a coalition of the largest environmental organisations active at EU level, have challenged the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, to ensure EU leaders discuss how green energy solutions can be used to boost the economy.

One of the best ways to tackle the current economic downturn, create hundreds of thousands new jobs and reduce the EU's bills for imported fuels is to promote renewable energy technologies and energy savings. In a recent letter to President Van Rompuy, the Green 10 expressed its concern about the slow progress being made by the European Council towards stronger climate ambition. CAN-E and other organisations are urging the European Council to re-establish a firm European policy on climate change and energy.*

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New Publication: A Recipe for transparent climate finance in the EU

MMRPUBLICATIONCAN Europe, Aprodev, German Watch, CIDSE and Oxfam commissioned the new report in order to identify how the EU can improve the current process for monitoring their climate finance commitments. The new report assesses how the EU can improve its current process for monitoring its climate finance commitments. It also makes recommendations for how the EU can ensure it has a transparent process in place.

Developing countries have long insisted on the need to provide financial support in a transparent and coordinated manner to enable independent review of the extent to which commitments are fulfilled, as well as maximizing the effectiveness of the funding. Moreover, transparency is vital to ensuring that the funds are equitably distributed over all developing countries in need of support, with priority for the most vulnerable developing countries.

The report explores different ways to improve the current system of Measuring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of international climate finance, with a focus on what the EU can do.

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