About the campaign
“Together for 100% Renewable Europe: Prosperous. Sustainable. For everyone” is an initiative of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe jointly with members across Europe.
The campaign brings forces in our Network to work together for a faster but also inclusive, fair, and people participatory rollout of solar and wind energy which at the same time supports protection and restoration of biodiversity.
We aim for a fair and sustainable transition to a 100% renewable energy system, specifically contributing to accelerating the solar and wind deployment at the pace and scale required by the climate crisis. We ask policy makers both at EU and national levels to take bold and forward-looking actions to build a prosperous and sustainable energy future for everyone, fully based on renewable energy. On the pathway to cover the entire energy demand of all economic sectors by renewable energy by 2040 (heat, transport, industry), all our electricity should come from renewable energy sources already by 2035.
Call to Action
We are calling on governments to secure unparalleled and sustainable growth of solar and wind energy to avoid climate breakdown. The transition of our energy system will need to be based on a) strong action to substantially reduce the amount of energy we consume; (b) a rapid phase-out of all fossil fuels; (c) a massive increase of sustainable renewable energy to fully cover the remaining energy demand. It must and can address at the same time environmental and social goals.
With reduction of the energy consumption first, renewable electricity mainly from solar and wind power is a key driver for this transition and must be scaled up with the aim of a fully renewable electricity supply already by 2035. This will secure our steps on the pathway to an entire energy system based on sustainable renewable energy by 2040.
We can only achieve this swift and profound transition to a fully renewable energy system by 2040 if it is fair and ensures people’s participation, and if it supports protection and restoration of biodiversity. Only a just and inclusive energy transition which takes social and biodiversity needs fully into account can build a fully renewable and sustainable energy future.
READ the Statement here
News & Resources
Rooftop Solar PV Country Comparison Report+ Read more
Joint NGO statement: Protecting nature and fighting climate change must go hand in hand+ Read more
NGOs call ahead of COP26: Unprecedented solar and wind energy surge is needed to stabilise climate+ Read more
CAN Europe’s energy transition vision. Safe, stable and sustainable.+ Read more
Building a Paris Agreement Compatible (PAC) energy scenario+ Read more
Key reasons why solar and wind energy will lead the way to safer climate and a brighter future+ Read more
NGOs demand a fully renewable energy system by 2040 in Europe+ Read more
Calls for more climate ambition and faster transition to renewables from Central Eastern Europe Civil Society+ Read more
Stories of Hope & Power
Sun is hope, wind is power. There are already great initiatives on the ground driving the transition towards renewables. From community energy projects to investments in transition from coal to renewables, or from wind park tourism to government programs supporting prosumers, here are stories from across Europe, known and maybe lesser known.
Spain’s first renewable energy cooperative: Som Energia+ Read more
Towards becoming an independent energy community (Crevillent/Spain)+ Read more
Onshore wind energy combating rural depopulation (Muras/Spain)+ Read more
Wind Park Tourism (Parchi del Vento/Italy)+ Read more
Combatting energy poverty with community energy (Italy)+ Read more
Certificate helping wind power scale-up (Sweden)+ Read more
Local ambition for 100% Renewable Energy: Parc des Grands Causses (France)+ Read more
Community owned Béganne wind farm (France)+ Read more
Offshore wind as a win-win for nature and climate (Belgium)+ Read more
EKOenergy – Ecolabel+ Read more
Coal To Renewables (Greece)+ Read more
Local participation in the energy transition in lignite regions (Greece)+ Read more
Combatting energy poverty with solar energy ( Croatia)+ Read more
First self-sufficient renewable energy community in Slovenia+ Read more
Benefit Instrument for Local Communities (Estonia)+ Read more
New Prosumers Program in Lithuania+ Read more
People participatory planning: Wind Park in North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve (Latvia)+ Read more
Largest Citizens Initiative: Windpark Krammer (Netherlands)+ Read more
Solar Labs (Bulgaria)+ Read more
Polish local authorities driving the transition towards renewables+ Read more
First energy community in Romania: yes we need more!+ Read more
Former polluter site, now a home of the first solar park (N. Macedonia)+ Read more
Climate Action Network Europe
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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 1,500 NGOs and more than 47 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.