Press releases

IEA Ministerial Summit: CAN Intervention by Dr. Stephan Singer

9 Jul 2020

09 July 2020. TheIEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit held today virtually brought together the ministers of countries representing over 80% of global energy demand and carbon emissions, with civil society interventions including Climate Action Network (CAN) through Dr. Stephan Singer, CAN’s Senior Advisor, Global Energy Policies. Due to technical issues and time constraints during the virtual conference, the below […]

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COVID19 stimulus packages must accelerate energy transition to avert climate crisis – global renewable energy report

16 Jun 2020

16 June 2020. The REN21 Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR) launched today is a stark reminder that despite the growth of renewables in some sectors and in some countries, the world is not on track to avert climate breakdown. Cutting emissions by half by 2030 and curbing pollution to keep warming below 1.5°C requires […]

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India and Bangladesh brace for Cyclone Amphan amidst coronavirus lockdown

20 May 2020

20 May 2020: Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall in India and Bangladesh around 16:00 local time on Wednesday 20 May 2020 bringing heavy winds and severe flooding that threatens lives and property. Preparations are in place to shelter large numbers of people even as both countries grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. India has […]

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CAN reactions to the postponement of COP26 to 2021

2 Apr 2020

  Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network: “At this moment, all our efforts are focused on fighting the Covid19 pandemic. Governments must prioritise the health, safety and jobs of their citizens. Under these circumstances, we acknowledge the necessity to postpone the Bonn climate session to later this year and COP26 to 2021. “Let us […]

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‘Empty words and collective failure’: Japanese NGOs react to new NDC

30 Mar 2020

30 March 2020, Tokyo, Japan: In the face of the climate crisis, we have no time to delay action. The Japanese Government had a choice between showing ambition to lead and succeed or settling for the false comfort of empty words and collective failure. Sadly, the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) that Japan submitted today is […]

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Japanese NGOs urge Prime Minister Abe to substantially increase national climate targets following a public consultation

5 Feb 2020

Citizens’ inputs must encourage Japan to reduce emissions by at least 45-50% , from 1990 levels, by 2030 . The government’s plans to allow new coal-burning power plants to be built across the country is in total contradiction to the Paris Agreement goals, says CAN-Japan  5 February 2020, Tokyo, Japan: Japanese non-governmental organizations under Climate Action Network Japan held […]

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Press Release: ´Immediately shift investments from fossil fuels into renewables and nature protection and restoration,´ civil society said to the World Economic Forum (WEF) participants.

23 Jan 2020

Immediately shift investments from fossil fuels into renewables and nature protection and restoration, civil society said to government, bank and business leaders convening in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF). Thursday 23 January 2020: For the first time, the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report identifies failure to mitigate […]

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People promise to take to the streets as world leaders leave UN climate talks with no plan for climate crisis

16 Dec 2019

15 December 2019, MADRID, SPAIN: The UN climate talks concluded today in Madrid with governments showing no signs of addressing the climate emergency.  Bogged down by bad faith negotiations that put politics and fossil-fuel interests above people and the planet, many countries — fronted by the United States, Australia and Brazil — once again exposed their […]

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Civil society representatives call out big emitters for blocking progress in UN climate talks as negotiations near conclusion

13 Dec 2019

“Cheating does not change what the atmosphere sees. We don’t want any accounting tricks being created here.”   13 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: As the COP25 UN climate negotiations officially close today with the potential of talks running over the allocated time, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing to give an assessment of the […]

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Leaving this COP without addressing loss and damage finance will be a gross injustice

12 Dec 2019

12 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: As the COP25 UN climate negotiations approach its end, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing to provide updates on key issues that are closely watched by civil society particularly loss and damage finance and raising ambition.   Reactions from CAN speakers: Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead on Climate […]

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