Progressive coalition pressures the EU to accelerate climate action

“This letter must be a wake up call for EU leaders that no other option than a strong and well-designed climate and energy legislation under the “Fit for 55” Package will be accepted by both the people and the economic actors of Europe.” 

Director, Wendel Trio

Photo by: Sebastian Unrau

Throughout 2021, businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups working together under the Coalition for Higher Ambition, coordinated by CAN Europe, ramped up the pressure on EU decision makers.

In May, for instance, 50 members of the Coalition for Higher Ambition signed a joint letter calling upon national and EU decision makers to ensure that the Fit for 55 Package increases the EU’s climate ambition to the highest possible level, while supporting a green, territorially balanced and socially fair transition in all regions. The letter called for the Fit for 55 Package to deliver increased EU climate action by expanding the scope of the EU 2030 target. It also urged EU decision makers to strengthen the Emissions Trading System and to maintain and increase nationally binding targets under the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) covering emissions from road transport, buildings and agriculture and waste.

Following the publication of the ‘Fit for 55’ Package, the Coalition for Higher Ambition continued to call for ambitious climate action, and  discuss different aspects of the package, including on the social aspects of the package.