EU Ministers make little progress on key climate policy

Climate action

In reaction to the discussion on the Effort Sharing Regulation taking place at the Environment Council today, Caroline Westblom, EU Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe said:

“It is really disappointing that ministers spent most of their time bickering over how to avoid action on climate change. Instead, they should be discussing how the EU can live up to the expectation created through the Paris Agreement. Today’s lack of real progress is at odds with the recent statements on the EU’s unequivocal commitment to the Paris Agreement. EU Member States seem unable to move from words to deeds when it comes to climate action. As ministers go back to the negotiating table, they need to align the ambition of EU climate policy with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”



Caroline Westblom, CAN Europe EU Climate & Energy Policy Coordinator,, +32 2894 4674

Ania Drazkiewicz, CAN Europe Communications Coordinator,, +32 494 525 738


Infographic: “No cheating from the start”, which shows that a misguided starting point for the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) would increase EU emissions by 500M+ tonnes compared to starting from real emission levels:

Civil society across Europe urge EU Ministers to adopt more stringent climate policy for transport, agriculture, buildings and waste

CAN Europe Position on the Effort Sharing Regulation (2021-30)

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. With over 130 member organisations in more than 30 European countries – representing over 44 million citizens – CAN Europe works to prevent dangerous climate change and promote sustainable climate and energy policy in Europe.


Press release

Leading Environment and Climate Organisations Score European Parliament’s 2019-2024 Performance ​

New in-depth data research from five leading climate and environment organisations reveals that only a minority of MEPs during the 2019 – 2024 mandate acted to protect Europe’s climate, nature and air quality. The majority of MEPs acted instead as either procrastinators or prehistoric thinkers, delaying real action with patchy and inconsistent voting records, or worse, completely failing to rise to the challenge of the crises Europe is facing.

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