Statement of the Coalition for Higher Ambition in the Fit for 55 debate

Businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups come together to demand urgent and bold action from EU Environment Ministers


Europeans are now facing multiple crises: the consequences of a global pandemic, adverse social consequences of the economic downturn, the tragic invasion of Ukraine, environmental degradation, and dangerous climate change looming – all of which require bold urgent and coordinated responses.

Today, we must find a path out of the current, immediate emergency, in a way that also prevents further catastrophes and leads us to a more secure, better living on this Planet.

Businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups – working together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition – are calling on you to step up climate ambition; tackle energy security, energy poverty and climate crisis at the same time, by supporting a green, sustainable, territorially balanced and socially fair energy transition and fully and effectively mobilise existing EU and national funds towards this purpose. Below we outline our recommendations to feed into the Fit for 55 debate in the European Council and Environment Council. 

The EU can and must take urgent and ambitious climate action

The EU’s efforts to wean off Russian fossil fuels should accelerate climate action and just energy transition. Actions for energy and climate security go hand in hand and mutually reinforce each other

The green transition must be socially just, territorially balanced and place people in the centre

All this will require massive additional investments, both public and private

Read the full statement here and our joint letter to EU Heads of State and Government and EU Ministers of Environment here.



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