Urgency Plan for the Climate and Economic Recovery

Climate action| Financing the transition| Global transition

The COVID-19 health and economic crisis is converging with the increasingly evident climate and biodiversity crises. Global warming and ecosystem deterioration are laying the ground for future upheaval of society. While the recovery measures must address the immediate health, social and economic urgency, they must support the development of a resilient and sustainable economy, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the European Green Deal.

Business as usual is not an option, and economy-wide untargeted measures would risk resuscitating dying and polluting industries and technologies that have no room in our future carbon-neutral economy.

Instead, the economic recovery measures must support ‘future-proofing’ companies through a rapid shift of their business models towards decarbonisation, thereby ensuring a much higher return on public investment.

CAN Europe Urgency Plan for the Climate and Economic Recovery May 2020



EU Parliament Scoreboard​: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

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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