Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-Europe) is proud to announce its partnership with the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), in the call on EU leaders for more ambitious climate action .
"Europe must lead the way in the transition to a clean, sustainable low-carbon and resource-efficient economy that provides high employment levels and prosperity, without sacrificing the environment and the well-being of future generations", said Sam H?gglund, General Secretary of EFBWW which represents 75 affiliated unions in 31 countries and a total of 2,3 million members.
CAN Europe and EFBWW believe that robust targets and policies for greenhouse gas emission reductions and energy efficiency are the necessary driving forces in this transition. They therefore urge the European leaders in 2011 to:
1) Commit to the full implementation of Europe's 2020 energy savings target, with robust and binding policies and adequate finance mechanisms. Of particular importance are effective measures to raise the energy renovation rate of the building stock.
2) Upgrade the EU's 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target to at least 30 per cent domestically, and to adjust the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the targets established under the Effort Sharing Decisions accordingly.
Adopting these measures would come with great benefits for Europeans, in the form of millions of net jobs, increased green investments, improved competitiveness, reduced dependency on fossil fuel imports and avoided health care costs.
"The global business environment is changing radically. In the future the competition for global consumer markets, scarce energy and raw materials is only going to get more intense", said Matthias Duwe, Director of CAN Europe, the largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. "This confronts Europe with both challenges and opportunities. In this game, business-as-usual is not the winning strategy".