New Analysis Ranks European MEPs and National Parties On Climate Action

Climate action

Climate heroes and villains revealed

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe today launched a new set of 28 scorecards that rank national political parties and MEPs on their climate and energy performance in the European Parliamentary term 2009-14. It cuts through political rhetoric and enables European citizens to see the climate actions that their elected representatives have supported, challenged or ignored. [1] CAN Europe’s analysis is unique in that it examines MEP performance based on votes solely related to climate change and energy.


Launched as MEPs begin campaigning for next month’s European elections, the scorecards provide a ranking of both national political parties and individual MEPs based on ten crucial climate and energy votes that took place during the 2009-2014 parliamentary term [2].

Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe, said:

 “Climate actions speak louder than words and this analysis enables people to see exactly what national political parties and their MEPs have supported during their term in the European Parliament.”

“This tool will allow civil society and individual citizens to both challenge and vote for parties and MEPs who will support the advancement of more ambitious European climate and energy policies for 2030 and beyond.”

The European elections will take place between the 22nd and 25th of May after which a new parliamentary term will begin [3]. Recent changes in EU law have given the European Parliament more power and influence in future EU decision-making processes [4].

The full set of 28 scorecards is available for download at:

Direct download:


Wendel Trio, CAN Europe Director,, +32 473 170 887

Matthew Keys, CAN Europe Communications Officer,, +32 2 894 46 73


[1] CAN Europe is not affiliated with and does not endorse any political party. The MEP and party analyses presented in the scorecards are based solely on statistical data. Further information, including background and analysis methodology, is available at:

[2] The votes in question cover proposals to improve the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, the Mechanism for Monitoring and Reporting emissions, the 2030 renewable energy and energy savings targets, the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reductions target, the 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, renewable energy policies, energy savings policies, European support for the international climate negotiations, the integration of climate change in EU development policies and provision of international climate finance.

[3] Official 2014 EU election site:

[4] These changes includes greater influence over the leadership and composition of the next European Commission as well as the future of climate and energy policies in Europe.


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