Annual Report 2020 - CAN Europe

Annual Report

Climate Action Network Europe

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Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change.

We are a unique network, in which environmental and development organisations work together to issue joint lobby campaigns and maximise their impact.
With over 170 member organisations active in 38 European countries, representing over 1,500 NGOs and more than 47 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.

Facts & Figures

Twitter 21,000 followers

Facebook: 7,200 followers

90,000 impressions
of our top post on Twitter

63,315 website users

more than 60 webinars and events for the Network

3 events for the Network

8 joint funding applications
with the Network

11 newsletters with
800 + subscribers to our newsletters

96 press releases

12 op-eds

5 media events

2,500 mass media hits

27 letters
to policy makers

17 consultations
to submissions

26 briefings & reports


Climate action received a much-needed boost with the new EU 2030 target of at least 55% net emission reductions. CAN Europe and its members’ tireless work behind the virtual scenes ensured the case for an ambitious target was heard at the highest levels of EU decision making. Europe’s more decisive action was echoed in other countries from the US to China, giving global climate policy a more promising look in what has been an incredibly tough year for all.

Last year, the National Energy and Climate Plans of all Member States became available. We published two reports highlighting where potential loopholes in the plans could be closed. Meanwhile, the Commission published its ‘Renovation Wave’ strategy, a cornerstone of the EU Green Deal. CAN Europe called for stepping up deep renovations to significantly improve the energy performance of existing buildings which would yield multiple benefits and help address energy poverty across Europe.

We worked to raise the case for climate justice, boost the profile of offshore wind energy and asked tough questions on the shortcomings of the Commission’s new strategy to the green industry.

We also got more MEPs on board our call to end fossil fuel subsidies and we made sure the EU’s Just Transition fund was both fair and not a free ticket for more fossil gas.

CAN Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) released the first-ever civil society blueprint for achieving the Paris Agreement target. Grounded in science, our scenario proved that we already have the technology it takes to reach a 100% renewables-based system by 2040, while also meeting sustainability standards.

The little-known ‘Energy Charter Treaty’ was in the spotlight. It is a legal text that allows fossil fuel companies to sue against climate policies that harm their profits – and we’re helping to write it out of the rule books. 200 high-profile people signed our open letter calling for an end to the treaty.

We also worked hard to see more ambitious climate commitments in Turkey and the Western Balkans.

2020 saw the launch of new work on gas and the beginning of the end for the misleading ‘natural gas’ narrative. Finally, we worked with business and investor leaders in urging the Commission to support steep emissions reductions.

Brighter outlook for global climate policy

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Raising the bar for climate justice in the European Climate Law

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Pushing for more ambitious national climate plans

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‘Renovation Wave’ promises to boost energy performance of buildings

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Offshore wind energy gains more political backing

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The Paris Agreement Compatible (PAC) scenario sets out our vision for a speedy energy transition

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Showing the Energy Charter Treaty the door

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EU turns up the heat on industry climate action

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The time has come for a fossil gas phase out

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Coal regions set sail for a real, fair and just transformation

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The Western Balkans on the path to decarbonisation

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Turkey at a climate crossroads

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Greener out of the crises: EU budget and recovery funding for climate ambition

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Businesses and investors raise the stakes

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Central Eastern European societies are ready for ambitious climate action

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European Climate Foundation 909.135 €

European Commission 486.080 €

German Government 188.846 €

Membership fees 126.000 €

KR Foundation 115.742 €

Protect the Planet 74.318 €

Minor Foundation 60.066 €

Climate Works Foundation 57.698 €

Belgian government 39.000 €

JMG Foundation 22.498 €

Schwab Charitable 2.827 €

Other income 99.122 €

CAN Europe 2.181.332 €

CAN International 57.937 €

European Climate Foundation 537.788 €

Schwab Charitable 331.419 €

Climate Works Foundation 200.855 €

Europe Beyond Coal Compaign 1.070.062 €

Total 3.309.331 €

Board of Directors

CAN Europe has a Board of Directors, which is appointed by its General Assembly.


Secretary General


Norwegian Forum for
Development and
Environment, Norway


Climate Change
Advocacy Coordinator,
Care International


Board Member,
Alliance Sud,




Head of Climate and
Energy Team, WWF
European Policy Office

Van Ypersele

Independent Scientist, Belgium

Alison Doig

Independent, UK


Balkans Coordinator,
CEE Bankwatch
Network, Romania

Our team in 2020

Wendel Trio


Dora Petroula

Energy Savings
Policy Coordinator

Ulriikka Aarnio

International Climate
Policy Coordinator

Klaus Röhrig

EU Climate & Energy
Policy Coordinator

Jörg Mühlenhoff

Energy Scenarios
Policy Coordinator

Veerle Dossche

EU Energy
Policy Coordinator

Viktor Berishaj

Southeast Europe
Climate & Energy
Policy Coordinator

Edoardo Concari Coppola

Policy Coordinator

Esther Bollendorff

EU Gas
Policy Coordinator

Cornelia Maarfield

Trade & Climate
Project Manager

Kristina Naunova

Climate & Energy
Policy Officer
for Western Balkans

Markus Trilling

Finance & Subsidies
Policy Coordinator

Rachel Simon

Climate & Development

Harriet Mackaill-Hill

EU Climate and Energy
Policy Coordinator

Adam Leckius

Policy &
Network Officer

Elif Gündüzyeli

Energy Policy Coordinator

Elif Cansu Ilhan

Climate & Energy
Policies Officer
for Turkey

Özlem Katisoz

Policy Coordinator
for Turkey

Klara Klarenbach

Coal Policy Officer

Doreen Fedrigo

Industrial Transformation
Policy Coordinator

Nicolas Derobert

Communications Coordinator

Cristina Dascalu

Communications Coordinator

Goksen Sahin

Communications Coordinator
& Project Manager
We also gratefully thank the following staff members that helped us implement our work in 2020, but have since left us:

Stevan Vujasinović
Joanna Flisowska

Tom 1

Tom Boyle

Head of Network

Seda Orhan

Network Development

Mathias Claeys Bouuaert

Network Outreach

Olivia Saxer

Fundraising & Network
Development Coordinator

Kasia Ugryn

Network Development Coordinator
Central & Eastern Europe

Lionel Dehalu

Head of Operations

Reinhilde Stinders

Finance &

Maryan Herrera

Office Coordinator

Maria Radikov

Finance &
Logistics Officer
We would also like to thank our interns who joined the team in 2020:

Winnie Wendelin
Elina Pihlajamaki
Federico Mascolo
Estela Gea Rada
Sophie Rigaudie

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Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change.

With over 170 member organisations active in 38 European countries, representing over 1,500 NGOs and more than 47 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.

CAN Europe is a regional node of Climate Action Network, the world’s largest environmental network with over 1,500 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) active in more than 130 countries, driving collective and sustainable action to fight the climate crisis and to achieve social and racial justice by convening and coordinating civil society at the UN climate talks and other international fora.

CAN Europe members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues.
CAN Europe members place a high priority on both a healthy environment and development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission). CAN Europe’s vision is to protect the atmosphere while allowing for sustainable and equitable development worldwide.