Webinar: Accelerating climate action in the EU and Member States through the Fit for 55 package and National Plans

On thursday 14 October, from 10:00 to 11:30 and from13:00 to 14:30, UNIFY project partners are organising a high level event to discuss how the ‘Fit for 55’ package and national plans (such as National Energy and Climate Plans and National Long-Term Strategies) can pave the way for 1.5°C compatible policies in Europe.

This event will also host the launch of Climate Analytics’ recent research on 1.5°C compatible emission reduction pathways for the EU and nine Member States. The report illustrates that the 1.5°C target is still within our reach if we strongly reduce our energy consumption while multiplying the renewable energy capacities during this decade.

Theme of the first panel will be: “Enhancing EU’s climate ambition through the Fit for 55 package”, and the second „Pathways for Member States to turn the Fit for 55 package into Fit for 1.5“.

You can register HERE.

A new analysis on the role of hydrogen in the energy transition has just come out!

The Spanish foundation Fundación Renovables has published a new analysis entitled “The role of hydrogen in the energy transition. Analysis and positioning.

The analysis clearly points out that hydrogen should play a complementary role in electrifying final energy consumption. The analysis emphasizes that the only solution in the energy transition is sustainable hydrogen generated by electrolysis of water where electricity is 100% produced from renewable energy sources, and the hydrogen production should be carried out at points as close as possible to its consumption.

Hydrogen injection into the gas grid should be avoided in order to avoid the use of fossil fuels and to avoid reducing the hydrogen energy value. The analysis clearly seeks to show that any alternative to hydrogen aggravates the problem and slows down the achievement of a zero-emission economy.


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The analysis explains that hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources has a future in decarbonisation, but should take into account the fact that such a solution must be developed rationally in accordance with the technological maturity that international organizations position only after 2030, which is why energy companies’ proposals about such solutions and media expectations are not coherent.

Webinar: A sustainable development pathway for climate action within the UN 2030 Agenda

On Tuesday, 5 October 2021, the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Resources for the future (RFF) and Navigate had organized a webinar “A sustainable development pathway for climate action within the UN 2030 Agenda” from 3.00 to 4.00 pm CET.

An integrated modelling framework covering 56 indicators or proxies across all 17 SDGs, show that ambitious climate policies, as well as economic development, education, technological progress and less resource-intensive lifesty are insufficient to reach the targets. Solution is an additional sustainable development package, including international climate finance, progressive redistribution of carbon pricing revenues, sufficient and healthy nutrition and improved access to modern energy, that will enable a more comprehensive sustainable development pathway.

For further information you can visit: https://www.cmcc.it/lectures_conferences/a-sustainable-development-pathway-for-climate-action-within-the-un-2030-agenda

The webinar will be broadcasted via Zoom.

You can register here: https://bit.ly/3lOyVjd

The new report about barriers preventing investment in energy efficiency measures in Europe’s Private Rented Sector

The new report was published as part of the ENPOR project entitled “Structural Factors Impacting Energy Efficiency Policy Implementation in the European Private Rented Sector”.

This report examines the structural barriers preventing investment in energy efficiency measures in Europe’s Private Rented Sector housing stock. The analysis is undertaken with reference to the broader trends in private renting, the regulatory landscape that currently exists, and the need to reduce social vulnerability and income poverty more generally. The analysis consists of an introduction detailing historical and geographical trends in Europe, using case studies and elaborating upon research and policy analysis from previous ENPOR project reports. Partners from the ENPOR Consortium also provided expert situated viewpoints, which were drawn together to provide a holistic overview of factors contributing to the key barriers, as well as suggesting potential solutions from a multi-stakeholder perspective, supplemented by the survey’s findings.

Little data exists on the private rented sector in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe countries. In Hungary, a 2000 study found that no statistical data existed on the private rented sector, although rates tended to be under 10% (Erdosi et al., 2000), whilst in Croatia, according to the report “Housing Policy Reforms in Post-Socialist Europe”, is suggested that sector is functioning within the informal economy to a large extent

As a result of a lack of data collection on the sector, lack of attention by state policies, and general data gap, the sector continues to operate largely informally and with the “negative corresponding attributes of grey market activity”. If it is not known how many people use the rented sector as housing, or if it is not adequately addressed by government policies, it will be difficult to properly target vulnerable tenants in private rented sector, or to create policies which address the specific needs of these stakeholders in general terms or with regards to energy efficiency, if they are politically and structurally invisible.

New CAN workshops and a webinar as part FiscalMatters Week of Public Debate on the EU fiscal framework

CAN Europe is organizing two interesting workshops and a webinar in September as part of  FiscalMatters Week of Public Debate, FiscalMatters’ week of debate is the high-level moment on European fiscal policy in 2021. From September 27 to 30, it brings together the best minds to raise awareness and elicit debate. It builds on a wide range of perspectives to present recent academic work and connect ideas and people who care about our future and recognise the importance of fiscal policy for it.

On Monday, September 27, 2021, a workshop “Introduction to EU Fiscal Policy” will be held (15:00 -16: 30 CEST). A jargon-free, interactive, easy-going introduction to the essential concepts and debates of fiscal policy in the European Union. The workshop is organized by CAN Europe and the European Youth Forum. You can register HERE.

On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, the webinar “The future of the EU’s economic governance framework: cross-party debate” will take place (9:00 – 10:00 CEST). A cross-party debate between Members of the European Parliament, exchanging perspectives on the future of the EU fiscal policy framework. The webinar is organized by CAN Europe and the European Environment Bureau (EEB). You can register HERE.

In addition to that, on Wednesday, 29 September 2021, the workshop “EU fiscal framework: Myths and Opportunities” will be held (15:00 – 16:30 CEST). A capacity-building workshop, exploring real challenges and myths to debunk around the EU fiscal framework. This workshop is organized by CAN Europe, the European Youth Forum and Finance Watch. You can register HERE.

Loss and Damage Awareness Day and upcoming COP26

In the lead up to COP26 (Conference of the Parties), a coalition of groups are working together to host Loss and Damage Awareness Day. The panel will take place on Zoom on Thursday, 23rd September at 3pm BST / 2pm GMT.

Loss and Damage Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the issue of loss and damage and the need for the biggest polluters to pay for it. Loss and damage caused by climate change is a present reality for people around the world, and it is getting worse every year. Despite being recognised in a key global climate agreement known as the Paris Agreement, there has been no progress on where money to pay for loss and damage should come from.

As part of the event a new short film will be launched featuring climate activists Vanessa Nakate, Prof Saleemul Huq and Harjeet Singh.

Please register for the event at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/loss-damage-and-cop26-film-launch-and-panel-event?source=direct_link&

The UK, together with Italy, will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 190 world leaders are expected to arrive in Scotland. Together with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

Under the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions – known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). They agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan that would reflect their highest possible ambition at that time. This year, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, countries will update their plans for reducing emissions. But, the commitments laid out in Paris did not come close to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, and the window for achieving this is closing. The decade out to 2030 will be crucial. So as momentous as Paris was, countries must go much further to keep the hope of holding temperature rises to 1.5 degrees alive.

Progress made so far:

  • Around 70% of the world’s economy is now committed to reaching net zero emissions, up from 30% when the UK took over as incoming COP Presidency.
  • More than 80 countries have formally updated their NDCs, and all G7 countries have announced new NDC targets that put them on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Accounting for around half the global economy, all the countries that make up the G7 have updated their 2030 targets to put them on a pathway to net zero by 2050.
  • Solar and wind are now cheaper than new coal and gas power plants in two thirds of countries of the world.
  • Over 20 countries have joined the Adaptation Action Coalition, building on the 2019 Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience signed by over 120 countries.
  • 1500+ businesses, investors, regions & cities have joined the Race to Resilience all are committed to take action on adaptation to build a resilient future.
  • Over 40 countries and organisations have joined the Risk-Informed Early Action Partnership commiting to make 1 billion people safer from disaster by 2025.

Analysis of policies and measures to combat energy poverty in the private rental sector

As part of the ENPOR project – Measures to alleviate energy poverty in the private rental sector, an Analysis of Private Rented Sector Policies and Measures was created. The document analyzes and assesses existing policies to combat energy poverty in the private rental sector across the EU and beyond, and aims to explore the objectives, content and structure of policies in the private rental sector. All successful and unsuccessful strategies aimed at improving measures to combat and alleviate energy poverty among vulnerable citizens in the private rental sector were reviewed and broader structural challenges were identified in the type of support currently available to energy poor households.

The analysis provides an indicative insight into the overall typology of support measures and interventions. Given that no such analysis has been conducted globally, the Analysis proposes a framework to support the development of methodological tools and analytical approaches for future research in the private rental sector.

The analysis consists of three parts. The first part provides an overview and discussion of the collected measures, based on several criteria, including who is implementing the policy, the policy and timing factors, whether vulnerable tenants are included and whether some forms of public participation are involved in the decision making process. The second part contains an analytical summary of the policies based on well-established principles of energy justice principles, while the third part contains a conclusion with recommendations identifying gaps in existing knowledge, and practice and suggestions for further steps.

Webinar: Have your say in the transformation of the EU Industrial Ecosystems

CAN Europe and the EEB are organizing a webinar on Friday 10 September, 11:00-12:30 CEST, for civil society organisations to learn more about how European Commission is getting key industry sectors to change their business practices so that Europe can meet different environmental goals aiming to avoid irreversible or severe damage to life-supporting systems such as the climate and nature.

The webinar is split into two sessions: an open one with participation by the DG GROW Director General, and a closed one with only civil society organisations which is being designed to be as interactive as possible.

You can register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErf-6qrjsrGNeaw7b7xpqgDIpSlHgKsq4p

You can find draft agenda HERE.

More about Europe industrial strategy you can find HERE.

WEBINAR: "“How to make national CAP Strategic Plans deliver climate ambition in Central Eastern Europe?”

WEBINAR: ““How to make national CAP Strategic Plans deliver climate ambition in Central Eastern Europe?”

Register in advance for this meeting: 

European decision makers finalised negotiations on the post-2022 CAP reform. While the post-2022 CAP has shortcomings in terms of accelerating emissions reductions in the agriculture sector, Member States can still increase the climate ambition of the post-2022 CAP through well designed national strategic plans.

Member States are currently drafting their national CAP Strategic Plans that should be finalised and delivered to the European Commission by the end of 2021. The CAP Strategic Plans should become a tool to effectively steer the agriculture sector in the direction of the Green Deal’s objectives. To do that, Member States should mainstream sustainable farming practices in their CAP Strategic Plans and increase climate, nature and animal friendly farming practices through effective support.

Given the crucial importance of CAP Strategic Plans to increase climate ambition in the agriculture sector, in this webinar we will discuss how these plans can be steered towards climate friendly policies and what their co-benefits can be for the rural areas in Central and Eastern Europe. The webinar will also try to answer questions on how to boost broader societal dialogue about the role of agriculture in climate neutral just and fair economies.

01 September 2021 

9:30 : Welcome

9:35 : Ricard Ramon I Sumoy, Deputy Head of Unit – Policy Perspectives, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

9:50 : Célia Nyssens, European Environmental Bureau

10:00 : National inputs on CAP Strategy Plans:

     Prof. Zbigniew Karaczun, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Polish Climate Coalition
Uroš Brankovič, Center for Sustainable Rural Development Kranj, Slovenia

10:20 : Q & A, discussion

10:30 : Breakout groups to discuss joint challenges in the process of drafting the national CAP Strategy Plans

10:50 : Wrap- Up and closure

Facilitation: Tobias Reichert, Germanwatch

Online Conference - Look what the neighbours are doing! Communities shaping sustainability

On September 14th, 2021, from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm (CEST), SMARTEES conference will be held where attendees will learn about state of the art insights on how to support communities and strengthen local democracy to achieve sustainable energy- and mobility transitions. This will be the final conference of the H2020 funded SMARTEES project on social innovation in energy and mobility transitions. SMARTEES – Social Innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability – supports the energy transition and policy design by developing policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion.

Find a detailed programme and registration link HERE.

Picture source: https://local-social-innovation.eu/