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12 August 2019

Less than two months ahead of a key September 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, a report published by UN Climate Change provides insights into action taken by governments to address climate change, presenting a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be deployed by governments to ramp up crucial climate ambition.

The report “Climate Action and Support Trends” was prepared as UN Climate Change input to the UN Climate Summit and it puts a spotlight on the progress made over the past 25 years since the inception of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).This can help in scaling up further action, as governments prepare to submit the next round of national climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), by 2020.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said: “The next two years offer a crucial window of opportunity for all nations – as well as non-State actors – to capitalize on our current framework, build on our existing momentum and make the changes we desperately need.”

Full report HERE


07 August 2019

Council Register - The EU Environmental Implementation Review 2019 Country Reports Council of the EU- Background Documents 05/08/2019

Please find below the updated Commission Staff Working Documents on The EU Environmental Implementation Review 2019 Country Report accompanying the document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Environmental Implementation Review 2019: A Europe that protects its citizens and enhances their quality of life:

- France

- Italy

- Netherlands

- Poland

- Spain

- United Kingdom



23 July 2019

REN21 is an international policy network of experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, industry associations, NGOs, and science and academia. It grows from year to year and represents an increasing diversity of sectors. REN21 provides a platform for this wide-ranging community to exchange information and ideas, to learn from each other and to collectively build the renewable energy future.This network enables the REN21 Secretariat to, among other activities, produce its annual flagship publication, the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), making the report process a truly collaborative effort....

Full Global Status Report can be found here

23 July 2019

Published as part of Friends of Europe’s Climate and Energy Programme, this discussion paper aims to stimulate a debate on how to support a sustainable ecological transition, taking into consideration aspects ranging from cost, financing and the facilitation of a whole-of-society approach to decarbonisation. The report addresses the pitfalls and dilemmas that are regularly overlooked in the conversation on the ecological transition. The authors tackle a number of controversial subjects in their analyses, such as the costs and benefits of the transition, the decoupling of GDP and carbon emissions, carbon mechanisms and pricing, fossil fuel subsidies, digital emissions, smart resource management and the fundamental role of nature. By adopting an innovative approach to problem-solving, this paper seeks to open a space for discussion on the challenges presented by the ecological transition.....


You can find the full discussion paper here

05 July 2019

European Commission - Press release Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement

Brussels, 18 June 2019

The Commission has today published its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets. The Commission's assessment finds that the national plans already represent significant efforts but points to several areas where there is room for improvement, notably as concerns targeted and individualised policies to ensure the delivery of the 2030 targets and to stay on the path towards climate neutrality in the longer term.

The European Union is the first major economy to put in place a legally binding framework to deliver on its pledges under the Paris Agreement and this is the first time that Member States have prepared draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs). Yet, with plans currently falling short both in terms of renewables and energy efficiency contributions, reaching the EU's overall climate and energy goals will require a collective step up of ambition.

Press Release