Annual Report 2021

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Annual Report 2021

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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 185 member organisations active in 38 European countries, representing over 1,700 NGOs and more than 40 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.

In 2021, 10 new members joined our Network, including NGOs from North Macedonia, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom. While the EU is at the core of our work, we also reach beyond its borders. We carry out advocacy work in non-EU European countries. We also unite members from across Europe via our activities on international climate negotiations. Having a committed membership base that is informed, engaged and well represented is at the core of CAN Europe’s ability to succeed.

Facts & Figures

Twitter 23,779 followers

Facebook: 7,378 followers

96,274 impressions
of our top post on Twitter

104,905 website users

more than 81 webinars and events for the Network

30 webinars for the Network

6 joint funding applications
with the Network

11 newsletters with
800 + subscribers to our newsletters

72 press releases

8 op-eds

5 media events

2,730 mass media hits

41 letters
to policy makers

9 consultations
to submissions

17 briefings & reports


2021 was the year that put the flesh on the bones of the commitments that the EU set in 2020. To enable the EU’s target of at least 55% net greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, current climate and energy laws needed to be revised. This was kicked-off by the European Commission in July 2021 under the umbrella package ‘Fit for 55’.

Throughout the year, CAN Europe and its members relentlessly worked to create a united civil society voice before the European Commission published its proposed legislation. We asked for a higher climate objective aligned with a 1.5°C consistent pathway for the EU: at least -65% emission reductions. These efforts continued after the release of the ‘Fit for 55’ package to impact the legislative process.

As we focused on the updates of the EU climate and energy policies, we simultaneously shone a light on national climate governance instruments, so that EU countries raised their ambition to reflect the enhanced 2030 objectives.

Our work, both public and behind the scenes, was guided by the urgency spelt out in the new IPCC reports: climate change is affecting every corner of our planet, with temperatures rising faster than expected towards catastrophic rates. We witnessed this with the devastating forest fires and floods across Europe in the summer, and in many vulnerable countries in the Global South that are much more exposed.

This was very much on the agenda during the UN Climate Negotiations, COP26. Undoubtedly thanks to the push from civil society, the pressure soared for rich regions to provide finance to developing countries to address the losses and damages from climate change – a topic that was officially included in Glasgow, after a COP gap year.

Our work on a just energy transition picked up speed a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 and with energy prices skyrocketing like never before. We made a great effort to ensure important recovery funds were prioritising the fight against climate change. In such a sensitive moment, especially for the most vulnerable people, we fiercely advocated for energy savings, renewable energy and against fossil fuels. We pushed back hard against new fossil fuel infrastructure that has no place given the current climate crisis and would have a lock-in effect. It is clearer than ever before that climate, recovery, energy prices and justice are undoubtedly intertwined.

We kept working hard in some key regions, like the Western Balkans and Turkey, to see more ambitious climate commitments. In Turkey, following long advocacy efforts from civil society, the Paris Agreement was ratified and a climate neutrality goal was set.

We didn’t limit ourselves to work exclusively on climate and energy policies. Being aware of how climate action is connected to many other areas of legislation, people and societies, in 2021 we kept strengthening our work on topics like trade, litigation, lifestyles, and production and consumption. We worked in closer cooperation with youth groups,supporting them to make sure they played an active role in decision making processes to fight climate change.

Making sure Europe becomes ‘Fit For 1.5’

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Climate target becomes binding law

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A civil society push towards increased loss & damage finance

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The People’s Climate Case: contributing to political momentum

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A guiding vision for the energy transition

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Together for 100% Renewable Europe

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Buildings: an opportunity to reduce energy demand and emissions

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Ending lifelines for fossil fuels

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New vision for an equitable transition towards a sustainable future

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Shifting EU financial flows: a cornerstone for achieving the green agenda

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Paving the path towards a withdrawal from an archaic fossil fuels treaty

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Climate goals reaching all industry sectors

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Making sure youth is a part of every decision making process

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Pathways to reaching climate neutrality in the Western Balkans

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Turkey ratifies the Paris Agreement and sets a date for becoming carbon-neutral

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Progressive coalition pressures the EU to accelerate climate action

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European Climate Foundation 1.700137 €

European Commission 515.272 €

German Government 191.564 €

Membership fees 148.575 €

KR Foundation 123.037 €

Minor Foundation 110.208 €

Protect the Planet 72.682 €

Belgian Government 40.000 €

Climate Works Foundation 29.394 €

Enviroment Defense Fund 25.769 €

Funders For Fair Trade 13.718 €

Schwab Charitable 11.028 €

Other income 96.189 €

CAN Europe 3.077.573 €

CAN International 60.541 €

European Climate Foundation 876.663 €

Schwab Charitable 293.894 €

Climate Works Foundation 159.003 €

Europe Beyond Coal Compaign 1.329.560 €

Total 4.467.674 €

Board of Directors

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


Secretary General

Tijana Ljubenović

Board Member, Young Researchers of Serbia, a member of Youth Environment Europe (YEE)


Norwegian Forum for
Development and
Environment, Norway

Muratcan Işıldak

Head of the Board, Climate and Volunteering Rights, Turkey

Van Ypersele

Independent, Belgium

Alison Doig

Independent, UK

Zsolt Bauer

European Branch Manager, Climate Reality Project

Tim Gore

Head of the Low Carbon and Circular Economy Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policies (IEEP)

Kristian Petrick

Senior Expert on Energy and Sustainability, Eco-Union, Spain

Our team in 2021

Chiara Martinelli


Dora Petroula

Deputy Director

Ulriikka Aarnio

Senior Climate and Land Use Policy Coordinator

Klaus Röhrig

EU Climate & Energy Policy Coordinator

Jörg Mühlenhoff

Energy Transition Policy Coordinator

Veerle Dossche

EU Energy
Policy Coordinator

Viktor Berishaj

Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe

Edoardo Concari Coppola

Buildings Policy Coordinator

Esther Bollendorff

Senior EU Gas
Policy Coordinator

Cornelia Maarfield

Senior Trade & Investment Policy Coordinator

Kristina Naunova

Climate & Energy Policy Officer for Western Balkans

Rachel Simon

Climate & Development Policy

Harriet Mackaill-Hill

Climate Governance and Human Rights Policy Coordinator

Adam Leckius

Lifestyles Policy Coordinator

Elif Gündüzyeli

Senior Energy Policy Coordinator (Coal Team Caretaker)

Elif Cansu Ilhan

Turkey Policy Officer

Özlem Katisoz

Policy Coordinator for Turkey

Seda Orhan

Renewable Energy Campaign Coordinator

Doreen Fedrigo

Industrial Transformation
Policy Coordinator

Brigitta Bozsó

Climate Policy Coordinator

Mónica Vidal

Heating Campaign Coordinator

Verena Bax

Energy Savings Policy Coordinator

Giuseppe Costanzo

Gas Policy Officer

Marta Anczewska

Energy Policy Coordinator

Sven Harmeling

International Climate Policy Coordinator

Isabelle Brachet

EU Fiscal Reform Policy Coordinator

Dylan Underhill

Trade and Climate Campaigner

Olivier Vardakoulias

Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator

Nicolas Derobert

Head of Communication

Cristina Dascalu

Communications Coordinator

Maša Perović

Communications Coordinator

Nina Tramullas

Communications Coordinator

Rachel Brabbins

Communications Coordinator

Tatiana Shauro

Communications Coordinator

Tom Boyle

Head of Network

Olivia Saxer

Fundraising & Network
Development Coordinator

Kasia Ugryn

Network Development Coordinator

Samuel Martín-Sosa

Network Development Coordinator

Federico Mascolo

Network Development & Project Manager

Jessica Den Outer

Youth Engagement & Mobilisation Consultant

Lionel Dehalu

Head of Operations

Reinhilde Stinders

Finance & Administration

Maria Radikov

Finance & Logistics Officer

Winfried Hoke

Office and IT coordinator
We would also like to thank our interns who joined the team in 2021:

David Abril Molins
Elisabeth Agustin Ametlla
Laura Franceschin
Giulia Nardi
Chiara Soletti
Silvia Valentini

We also gratefully thank the following staff members that helped us implement our work in 2021, but have since left us:

Mathias Clayes Bouuaert
Maryan Herrera
Klara Klarenbach
Markus Trilling
Wendel Trio
Goksen Sahin
Eilidh Robb

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

With over 185 member organisations active in 38 European countries, representing over 1,700 NGOs and more than 40 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 1,700 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.