Annual Report 2022



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 180 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 2022, 11 new members joined our Network. We are proud to extend our work to Slovakia and to strengthen our membership in the Western Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe. 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.

2022 saw a number of key moments and activities that were vital for reweaving human connections across our Network’s organisations both in Europe and globally. 

In April, we held the first In-person Spring General Assembly since 2019 and it proved to be a wonderful week of workshops, events, and social moments that offered a chance to see colleagues from across the Network in a face-to-face setting, with the option to join remotely via high quality video-streaming. This was a good test of the post-Covid hybrid approach to our General Assemblies, and one we look forward to building on for 2023. 

Throughout the year, we developed our new five-year Vision & Strategy which will be finalised for the Spring General Assembly 2023. Bringing members into the process at every stage was vital to ensuring we co-develop a strategy relevant for the entire network, and one capable of being owned by the membership. 

2022 also saw us make impressive strides in our collaboration and solidarity across the global CAN network where we strengthened our relationships and ties with Global South colleagues. We also developed our connection with other CAN Nodes, including making our first contribution to the Node Development Fund that supports Nodes of Climate Action Network with the objective of ensuring a more balanced distribution of resources across the nodes.


Beginning our podcasting journey: Europe Climate Connection

In 2022, CAN Europe launched “Europe Climate Connection”, a podcast that gives a voice to CAN Europe’s members, bringing their areas of expertise closer to other members and audiences. The 20 minute episodes present climate and energy challenges in a dynamic and engaging way, taking the public on a journey around Europe as they listen. From the promises and expectations tied to COP, to Ireland’s building renovation and heating decarbonisation, we learnt more about our members’ work and about the hot topics discussed around the continent. 

So join us in our latest project and listen to our episodes on: 


At CAN Europe we kicked off 2022 with a very clear agenda to focus on influencing the ‘Fit for 55’, the climate and energy legislative package to operationalise the European Green Deal. We asked for much higher ambition – a 65% reduction in emissions by 2030 – that would allow the EU a greater chance to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C, keeping us all safer in a fit and fair way.

While we were still working on the aftermath of Covid on policy, funds and social impacts, trying to convey the many opportunities of a green recovery that reduces inequalities, Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine took place in late February.

After the absolute shock in the first days of the war, which was strongly condemned by civil society including CAN Europe, it was clear that the brunt of the invasion was borne by millions of innocent civilians in Ukraine, and its repercussions were global. The invasion of Ukraine exposed Europe and the globe’s dangerous chronic addiction to fossil fuels. An addiction that not only jeopardises Europe’s energy security, and pushes many Europeans into energy poverty, but also harms the climate and our future.

Mainstream news, and conversations in the street, featured the need for a fast energy transition to a system totally run by renewables like never before. The war, energy price and the climate crises are all interconnected and together they point to a solution that climate-concerned civil society has long been advocating for: fewer fossil fuels and more solar and wind energy. 

While the dreadful war in Ukraine added more reasons for policy-makers in Europe to step up and present bold policies, including under the ‘Fit for 55’ and the ‘REPowerEU’ plan, there were many contradictions and loopholes in some of the tabled proposals, hindering the real, quick and climate proof solutions: phasing out fossil fuels and investing in the energy transition.

With support of our members and allies we decried false solutions, like Europe’s focus on diversifying fossil fuel supplies and allowing Member States to invest EU funds in fossil gas. CAN Europe continued to criticise the overall lack of ambition in the legislative proposals while suggesting clear science-based pathways to keep us all safer. We continued to work with our members and partners on underscoring the social benefits that climate action and climate justice can bring, by tackling the root causes of many inequalities, including those created by climate change.

By the end of 2022, we were proud to see some improvements in the EU’s legislative proposals. However, there are still two big gaps: a lack of determination to phase out fossil fuels and end fossil fuel subsidies, and insufficient support for people during the fossil fuel crisis and in transitioning to renewables.

The EU’s commitment to reduce emissions continued to be off track in 2022. This was compounded by upsetting developments in the international climate negotiations at COP27 

where finance for adaptation and mitigation made poor progress. However, a historic win thanks to a massive push from civil society was achieved: an agreement to create a fund to address the impacts of climate change bringing justice to developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Despite the war in Ukraine and soaring energy prices, fossil fuels still dominated policy discussions and policymakers didn’t dare to loudly and clearly blame them for the energy crisis.

We need to ensure people are protected from energy price hikes in the coming winters and seasons to come. More and more of us are affected by devastating climate catastrophes such as droughts, wildfires and floods, but their impacts are not felt equally. Some regions are more vulnerable to climate impacts, and people who suffer more inequalities also bear the biggest brunt. The IPCC and other scientific reports remind us of the urgency to act now; 2023 must be the year of implementation at EU and state levels, with all hands on deck to secure a safe present and future for all.

Repowering for the People

In the first quarter of the year, CAN Europe launched the ‘Repower For the People’ briefing. Released before  the European Commission published the ‘REPowerEU’ Plan in May, it was our

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High ambition for energy savings

CAN Europe pushed for higher ambition in the revision of the energy efficiency and  buildings directives, and for a stronger  role of renewable heating, aiming to reduce Europe’s dependence on

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26,016 followers, up 9.4% from 2021

9,154 followers, up 24.07% from 2021

7 op-eds

3 stunts

6 media events

2,600+ media hits

28 letters to policy makers

8,355 followers, up 60% from 2021

47 press releases

8 monthly newsletters with 900+ subscribers

46,438 impressions of our top post on Twitter

4 submissions to consultations

5 joint funding applications for the Network

94,641 website users, with the highest engagement around the beginning of the war in Ukraine

23 briefings and reports

65 strategy calls with the Network

22 webinars for the Network

28 workshops with the Network



CAN Europe has a Board of Directors, which is appointed by its General Assembly. Elections for new Board members will take place in April 2023. In 2022, the Board was comprised:

Josianne Gauthier

Secretary General, CIDSE

Tore Braend

Advisor, Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment

Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele

Independent Scientist (Former Vice-President of IPCC), Belgium

Alison Doig

Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, 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)

Ester Asin

Director of WWF-EPO

Malte Hentschke-Kemper

Deputy Managing Director and Advisor for climate and energy policy at Klima-Allianz, Germany

Muratcan IŞILDAK

Head of Board of Genç Düşünce Enstitüsü, Turkey

Tijana Ljubenović

Member of Young Researchers of Serbia (a member of YEE)




Chiara Martinelli


Dora Petroula

Deputy Director

Climate Policy


Klaus Röhrig

Head of Climate

Ulriikka Aarnior

Senior Climate & Land Use Policy Coordinato
Brigitta Bozsò CAN Europe - web

Brigitta Bozso

TogetherFor1.5 Project Manager

Erich Castro Dias

Land Use & Carbon Dioxide Removal Policy Officer
Romain Didi CAN Europe - web

Romain Didi

Climate Governance & Human Rights Policy Coordinator
Silvia Valentini

Silvia Valentini

Climate Policy Officer

Energy Policy


Elif Gunduzyeli

Interim Head of Energy

Veerle Dossche

Energy Policy Coordinator
Seda Orhan CAN Europe - web

Seda Orhan

Renewable Energy Campaign Coordinator
Monica Vidal CAN Europe - web

Monica Vidal

Heating Campaign Coordinator
Verena Bax CAN Europe - web

Verena Bax

Energy Savings Policy Coordinator
Esther Bollendorf CAN Europe - web

Esther Bollendorff

Senior Gas Policy Coordinator
Marta ANCZEWSKA CAN Europe - web

Marta Anczewska

Energy Policy Coordinator
Eva Brardinelli CAN Europe - web

Eva Brardinelli

Buildings Policy Coordinator
Flora Witkowski CAN Europe - web

Flora Witkowski

Gas Policy Officer
Dimitris Tsekeris CAN Europe - web

Dimitris Tsekeris

Energy Scenarios Project Manager

Finance, International & Trade Policy

Sven Harmeling CAN Europe - web

Sven Harmeling

International Climate Policy Coordinator
Rachel Simon CAN Europe - web

Rachel Simon

Climate & Development Policy Coordinator
Olivier Vardakoulias CAN Europe - web

Olivier Vardakoulias

Finance & Subsidies Policy Coordinator
Isabelle Brachet CAN Europe - web

Isabelle Brachet

Fiscal Reform Policy Coordinator
Cornelia Maarfield CAN Europe - web

Cornelia Maarfield

Trade Policy Coordinator
Anuna de Wever CAN Europe - web

Anuna De Wever

Trade & Investment Policy Campaign Officer

Europe in Transition Policy

Elif Cansu

Elif Cansu Ilhan

Turkey Policy Officer

Özlem Katisoz

Policy Coordinator for Turkey

Viktor Berishaj

Western Balkans Energy & Climate Policy Coordinator
Frosina Antonovska CAN Europe - web

Frosina Antonovska

Climate & Energy Policy Officer for Western Balkans

Production and Consumption Policy

Doreen Fedrigo CAN Europe - web 180

Doreen Fedrigo

Industrial Transformation Policy Coordinator
Boris Jankowiak CAN Europe - web

Boris Jankowiak

Steel Transformation Policy Coordinator
Giulia Nardi - CAN Europe web

Giulia Nardi

Industrial Transformation Policy Officer

Adam Leckius

Lifestyle Policy Officer


Nina Tramullas CAN Europe - web

Nina Tramullas

Interim Head of Communication

Cristina Dascalu

Communication Coordinator
James O' Connor - CAN Europe

James O’Connor

Communication Coordinator
Doruntina Basha CAN Europe - web

Doruntina Basha

Communication Coordinator
Laura Franceschin CAN Europe - web

Laura Franceschin

Communication Officer
Masha Peric CAN Europe - web

Masha Perovic

Communication Coordinator

Network Development

Tom Boyle CAN Europe - web

Tom Boyle

Head of Network Development

Kasia Ugryn

Network Development Coordinator
Samuel Martin Sosa CAN Europe - web

Samuel Martin-Sosa

SPARK Project Manager

Olivia Saxer

Fundraising & Network Development Coordinator
Federico Mascolo CAN Europe - web

Federico Mascolo

Together for 1.5 Project Policy Coordinator
Kristina Naunova CAN Europe - web

Kristina Naunova

Network Development & REAL DEAL Project Coordinator
Joe Inwood CAN Europe - web

Joe Inwood

Network Development Coordinator



Lionel Dehalu

Head of Operations

Reinhilde Stinders

Senior Finance & Admin Coordinator
Maria Radikov CAN Europe - web

Maria Radikov

Finance Coordinator
Winfried Hoke

Winfried Hoke

Office & IT Coordinator
César Chantraine - CAN Europe - web

César Chantraine

Human Resources Coordinator

Clarissa Spencer

Finance & Admin Coordinator

Saying goodbye to Staff

We also gratefully thank the following staff members that helped us implement our work in 2022, but have since left us:

Dylan Underhill

Rachel Brabbins

Jessica den Outer

Tatiana Shauro

Edoardo Concari

Jörg Mühlenhoff

Giuseppe Costanzo

Harriet Mackail Hill

Nicolas Derobert

Elli Tessier

We would also like to thank our interns who joined the team in 2022

Eliot Primault

Jada Kennedy

Ruta Zulpaite

Creating a new Management Team

In June 2022, CAN Europe set up a Management Team in order to ensure the smooth running and management of CAN Europe’s Secretariat and Network. The team has concrete objectives to 1) strengthen information sharing across departments and teams (internal communication); 2) improve collective strategising and implementation of activities; 3) guide prioritising and de-prioritising of objectives and workstreams. The Management Team is made up of:

Chiara Martinelli


Dora Petroula

Deputy Director

Lionel Dehalu

Head of Operations

Nina Tramullas

Interim Head of Communication

Tom Boyle

Head of Network Development

Klaus Röhrig

Head of Climate

Elif Gunduzyeli

Interim Head of Energy

Europe Beyond Coal

CAN Europe strongly supports the phase out of coal by both hosting the ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ campaign secretariat and by integrating the coal debate in our regular policy work as well as by supporting our members and allies in Turkey and the Western Balkans through CAN Europe’s coal team.

In 2022, ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ transitioned towards a broader campaign focus, ‘Beyond Fossil Fuels’, launching in 2023 with the objective to free us from all fossil fuels and transition to a renewables-based European electricity sector.

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


 With over 180 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 joint actions, 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.