Energy Working Group

The CAN Energy working group addresses advocacy and policy work around fossil fuel supply and production and the urgent need for a transition to 100% clean, safe, and renewable energy. This is a cross cutting issue that will deal with topics within the UNFCCC, but also beyond as they pertain to meeting the Paris goals. The group's broad objectives are articulated in CAN's position on the need for restrictions on fossil fuel supply and include pressing for a just and equitable managed decline of fossil fuel production in line with keeping warming well below 2 degrees C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees.

For more information contact the interim working group chair at:
Hannah McKinnon, Oil Change International,

Bioenergy Is Not A ‘GET OUT OF JAIL FREE’ Card

Bioenergy had a starring role in this week’s workshop on developed country emission reduction targets. The theme of many parties was reducing energy sector emissions by substituting bioenergy for fossil fuels.

At last, Mexico sounded a note of caution in their presentation in the workshop on NAMAs, pointing out that reliance on biofuels is difficult to do sustainably, can be harmful in terms of conservation and REDD targets, and can impact on agriculture

Bioenergy - a clean alternative?


Brave New Zealand!

One of the first things the current Zealand Government did when it came to power was to announce its intention to replace the country’s existing Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategies. Both had strong Green Party support because of the moves towards favouring renewable energy over the burning of fossil fuels.

In yesterday’s workshop, the New Zealand delegate did not signal any major changes from the current strategy – though she did do some special pleading for her small island (developed) state. So small! Such a small part of global emissions!


A Convenient Truth

Never waste a good crisis, runs the adage. On Wednesday, the (IIASA) presented a new report outlining Annex I mitigation costs and potentials based on the effects of the economic crisis. The report uses post-crisis GDP projections based on the IEA’s 2009 world energy outlook.

Here are the headlines
•    In 2020 Annex I emissions are 6% below 1990 levels in the reference scenario.
•    The cost of implementing the most ambitious Annex 1 pledges would be  -0.03% to 0.01% of GDP.
•    The carbon price settles at EURO 3 per tonne.
•    An extra 10% reduction could be achieved at the same equilibrium carbon price (-27% instead of -17% from 1990).
•    Some country targets are well above their emissions in the reference scenario, which could create a new surplus of emissions rights.

In other words, it is now much easier to achieve the emission targets we need. The world is demand investments in the infrastructure of the 21st century – renewable energy, smart grids and mass transport. The economic transformation we need could become a job-generator for economies blacking out with systemic unemployment. And we can save our climate, which is set on a course to disaster.  So the economic crisis also turns out to be an opportunity, but this means making a choice.

Scotland breaks the 40% barrier

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Scotland? Tartan? Golf? Scotch whisky? Now there's something new -- legally binding emissions cuts of 42% by 2020. Scotland has committed to reduce its emissions by that level and 80% by 2050, all relative to 1990 levels. Scotland has also pledged to make at least 80% of these cuts within Scotland and, an important innovation that should be emulated by other Parties, to report annually on all its consumption based emissions as well.

CAN Submission: Analysis of the Mitigation Potential of Japan, June 2007


The Climate Action Network (CAN) urges the Japan, the ‘self-claimed most energy efficient country’, to admit that it is only ‘one of the most energy efficient countries’and submit real mitigation potential, as well as concrete ranges of emission reduction in order to move the discussion forward.