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WWF's Arianna Vitali demonstrates what Energy Ministers are trying to do to the energy savings obligation. © WWF European Policy OfficeBrussels, Belgium - 23 June 2017
 
On 26 June, EU Energy Ministers will agree their position - the 'general approach' - on the revised Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives.
 
Imke Lübbeke, head of climate and energy at WWF European Policy Office, commented on the expected general approach on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED):
 
"Energy ministers are pretending to keep energy savings rules intact while quietly slashing holes in them that would send the jobs, climate and economic benefits down the drain. They must put the plug back in by supporting an ambitious binding target and leaving the energy savings obligation alone."
 
Arianna Vitali, senior policy officer at WWF European Policy Office, said on the expected general approach on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) :
 
"Speeding up building renovation is crucial for climate action, yet Energy Ministers appear to be applying the brakes. They are supporting an EPBD which is going to do nothing to tackle energy poverty or air pollution, let alone kick-start the energy transition. It is essential that MEPs take a far more forward-looking position when they vote this autumn."
 
Who and what?

On 26 June EU Energy Ministers will meet in Luxembourg in Council. They are set to agree their final joint position - known as a 'general approach' - on the proposed revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. They will also discuss a progress report on other elements of the Clean Energy Package. The Council's 'general approach will provide the basis for their negotiations with the European Parliament, before final agreement.
 
What's in the latest Maltese Presidency compromise texts?
 
On the EED: Energy Ministers will need to make a final political decisions on several key points. These include:
  • The 2030 energy efficiency target: the latest compromise text suggests a 30% indicative target for 2030.
  • Details of the energy savings obligation (Art. 7) which requires Member States to save 1.5% energy every year: the latest compromise text lower the 1.5% to only 1% from 2026-to 2030 and introduces loopholes, such as treating renewable energy in buildings as energy savings.
 On the EPBD, the Council's general approach is nearly finalised. It includes  
  • Long-term renovation strategies for the buildings with "indicative" milestones for 2030 and 2050.
  • A long-term renovation strategy objective to ensure a "highly energy efficient and decarbonised" building stock. Decarbonisation is defined by using the EU commitment to cut GHG emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990.
See WWF's infographic on the EED target
See the Energy Council agenda
 
Contact:
Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer, WWF European Policy Office
sazau@wwf.eu
Tel: +32 4 73 57 31 37
Posted: June 23, 2017, 12:00 am
The EU's climate leadership is handicapped by inadequate domestic policy  © Jampur FraizeBrussels, Belgium - 22 June 2017

At the start of the European Council on 22-23 June, at which EU leaders are expected to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change, Geneviève Pons, director of WWF European Policy Office, commented:

"The EU is to be praised for keeping the Paris Agreement on climate change on the global stage.  But it will not play a leading role in implementation unless its deeds match its words.

It should strengthen its 2030 climate and energy targets, make the Emissions Trading System effective, rapidly phase out coal, and stop energy efficiency laws from being undermined."

 
See WWF's cartoon on EU leadership and the Paris Agreement

 
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:00 am
The Europe We Want © VariousBrussels, June 20, 2017 – More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.1

Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women's rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.

It comes ahead of a summit of EU leaders this week with the key issues for Europe's future on the agenda, including migration, security, jobs and Brexit. This week also marks the one year anniversary of the UK's vote to leave the European Union (June 23) which propelled questions about the future of Europe up the political agenda.

The vision describes a future for Europe in which "sustainability sits firmly at the heart of the European project," and the EU focuses on "democracy and participation, social  and environmental justice, solidarity and sustainability, respect for the rule of law, and human rights both within Europe and around the globe".

The organisations are putting this scenario for the future forward as an alternative to proposals from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, including five 'Future of Europe' scenarios which are currently being consulted on with member states with first conclusions due at the end of the year.2

For SDG Watch Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe, Leida Rijnhout, said: "The five scenarios for the future of Europe put forward by President Juncker are all deeply disappointing and have little connection to the challenges that the European Union faces. Instead we need a bold vision – an alternative sixth scenario – that puts social and environmental wellbeing at the core. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be absolutely key for a future that serves people and the planet, not vested interests."

General Secretary of EPSU (European Public Service Union), Jan Willem Goudriaan, said: "Public services and decent work are key ingredients for a fairer, more cohesive and sustainable Europe.  Everyone benefits from investment in, for example, high quality public healthcare, social services, education, and environmental services. Rather than liberalising public services for the benefit of the few, Europe should develop a proactive strategy to strengthen public investment and democratic accountability in the provision of quality public services for all."

Director of CEE Bankwatch Network, Petr Hlobil, added: "There is a crisis of imagination in Brussels. Reforming the EU Budget holds part of the key to unlocking a progressive and inspiring new vision for Europe. Innovating in how we involve citizens and civil society in EU spending to build flourishing, sustainable futures, and designing EU finance to create more equal societies through this great transition to sustainable well-being, hold the highest potential to reconnect people with the European project."    

Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance , Nina Renshaw, said: "We are all living healthier lives today thanks to the EU, but it is only through their continued action that we can tackle cross-border health challenges like antimicrobial resistance and make sure we have a healthy population to unlock the full potential of social and economic policies. 70% of Europeans want the EU to do more on health – yet their voices go unheard. The debate on the future of Europe is an unmissable opportunity to put better health at the heart of all policies, ensure stronger protection for patients and consumers and better access to healthcare, which will make a huge difference to all of us."  
 
Notes:
1 256 organisations are supporting 'Scenario 6: Sustainable Europe for its Citizens'
2The European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe
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For more information please contact:
Friends of the Earth Europe/SDG Watch Europe: Leida Rijnhout, Leida.Rijnhout@foeeurope.org, +32 494 89 30 52
EPSU: Jan Willem Goudriaan, jwgoudriaan@epsu.org, +32 475 25 69 12
EPHA: Giulia Vettorem giulia@epha.org, +32 2 233 38 84 
CEE BankWatch Network: David Holyoake, david.holyoake@bankwatch.org, +32 470 36 98 17
Posted: June 20, 2017, 12:00 am
Ten essential elements of a strong 2050 climate and energy strategy, according to research from WWF's EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project. © WWF / Sarah AzauBrussels, Belgium - 15 June 2017
 
Ten elements are key to a successful 2050 climate and energy strategy, a new WWF guidance report finds. These include ambition, covering all economic and social sectors, transparency, regular review, public engagement and high-level political commitment.
 
All Paris Agreement signatories must produce a 2050 emissions reduction plan. In the EU, 2050 strategies come under the proposed Energy Union governance regulation. However, only 11 out of 28 Member States have produced such strategies so far, and their quality is highly variable. Guidance is crucial to helping countries get their plans right.
 
"This report comes at a time when the world is looking towards the EU for leadership. The 2050 strategies WWF has put forward are the key to effectively implementing the Paris Agreement and increasing its ambition. This report, together with the dialogue encouraged by the 2050 Pathways Platform, can enable Europe to become the climate leader it aims to be", commented Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation.
 
"2050 is tomorrow in climate and energy terms, so we need to be on the right path today. Unfortunately, there is no official guidance on how to make high quality strategies, so, drawing from the best thinking available, we have made our own. If all national 2050 strategies covered our ten essential elements, we would be taking a huge step forward for people and planet", commented Imke Lübbeke, Director of the MaxiMiseR project at WWF European Policy Office.
 
"As MEPs discuss the promising report from Claude Turmes MEP on Energy Union governance next week, we urge them to add a call for detailed guidance on long-term strategies. This will help ensure Europe makes the vital transition to 100% renewables and strengthened energy efficiency by 2050", added Lübbeke.
 
The ten keys to a successful plan identified by the WWF's EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR report are:
  1. Ambition - Keep global temperature rises below 2°C (pursue 1.5°C limit)
  2. Scope - Be fully cross-sectoral, covering all parts of society and the economy
  3. Actionable - Describe existing and new policies and measures to be taken
  4. Integration - Take account of all relevant strategies and plans
  5. Political commitment - Secure leadership at the highest political level
  6. Monitoring - Provide a clear framework for monitoring, reporting and verifying
  7. Public transparency - Make key information public at all stages of 2050 strategy development
  8. Stakeholder participation - Engage all stakeholders in the development of a 2050 strategy
  9. Analytical basis - Undertake modelling and sensitivity analysis with peer review
  10. Review - Ensure regular review of analytical basis, policies, measures, targets
 
Read the report
See the top ten infographic
 
Contact:
Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer, WWF European Policy Office
sazau@wwf.eu
Tel: +32 473 57 31 37
 
More on WWF's MaxiMiseR project:
 
The EU and other industrialised countries have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, and by 80-95% by 2050. EU Member States must produce 'Low-Carbon Development Strategies' (LCDS) to show how they will do so. Ensuring that these LCDS are ambitious and of a high quality, and are developed in a participative, transparent manner is key to meeting the EU's emissions reductions goals. Helping this to happen is the aim of the MaxiMiseR project. MaxiMiseR is funded by the EU LIFE Programme for the Environment and the MAVA Foundation.
 
Web: www.maximiser.eu
Twitter: @MaxiMiseREU
Posted: June 15, 2017, 12:00 am
Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2017 report is released with interesting trends identified. © iStockSTOCKHOLM, Sweden (13 June 2017) – The 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index (GCII) shows the Nordic region has the strongest cleantech start-up creation leadership for the first time.
 
The region provides the best conditions today for clean technology start-up creation according to the third edition of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index. The report was, released today by Cleantech Group and global conservation organisation WWF with support from partners United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Asian Development Bank (ADB), The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Swedish Energy Agency.
 
The top three positions are held by Denmark, Finland and Sweden. All three appear to be gearing up for additional growth with increases in the numbers and amount of cleantech funds. The lowest scoring Nordic country is Norway. There are challenges for Norway, but it is also the country with highest cleantech R&D budgets in 2013-15. The world would invest roughly four times more in cleantech R&D if it adopted the same level of cleantech R&D per GDP as Norway.
 
Poland has the biggest change from the 2014 Index, rising 13 places to 24th. This is mainly due to three notable increases in cleantech-specific drivers. Poland's public cleantech R&D expenditure now sits at the global average, having been in last place three years ago. The country has also improved as a more attractive destination for renewable energy investments than before and moved up 16 places in measurement of cleantech patent filings.
 
The study covers 40 countries, including all of the G20. The index demonstrates that countries get ahead if they:
 
  • are able to adapt to the growing demand for renewable energy (at home and abroad);
  • are connecting start-ups with multiple channels (e.g. multinational corporates, public procurement) to increase their success rates; and
  • are increasing international engagement to spur widespread adoption of clean technologies.
 
The GCII identifies three country archetypes in the cleantech innovation landscape: the Top Innovation Ecosystem Creators, Start-Up Generators and the Strong Commercialisers:
 
  • The top innovation ecosystem creators are countries that scored very well across the board, but particularly well in both general and cleantech-specific drivers in the 2013-2016 period by providing the underlying parameters, incentives, and necessary support for a thriving cleantech innovation ecosystem. We see Denmark, Sweden and USA having these characteristics in the period researched. 
 
  • The cleantech start-up generators are countries that score well in all indicators, but score exceptionally well when it comes to producing patents for new cleantech innovations and venture capital to finance new business. Israel, Finland and Canada are economies that show these characteristics. 
 
  • The cleantech commercialisers are countries that are scoring well in all indicators and drivers whilst well above average on market sophistication, size and finance to scale emerging cleantech innovations and create jobs. They have very high cleantech innovation conversion rates, i.e. are efficient in turning inputs to innovation into outputs in the economy. Countries like Germany, Singapore and South Korea display these characteristics.
 
The GCII also shows there is strong emerging convergence between clean transportation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, last year accounting for two thirds of early-stage venture capital investments, and a similar proportion of green bonds.  This emerging trend is crucial to accelerate towards achieving universal energy access by 2030, and facilitate a just transition to a sustainable and fossil fuel-free energy system by 2050.
 
The report identifies a positive correlation between inputs to innovation and outputs of innovation. Countries that are facilitating investments in innovation, either through public R&D, cleantech-friendly policies, or any other of the inputs measured, tend to also reap benefits. These come in the form of commercialisation of cleantech companies in terms of jobs, exports and growing numbers of publically traded companies showing strong growth in order to reduce environmental pressure.
 
Richard Youngman, CEO of Cleantech Group (CTG) said; 'The Global Cleantech Innovation Index has once again shown that to reap the rewards of innovation requires strong support for entrepreneurship and ecosystem building over a sustained period. As part of our work to chart the future, we see this Index as an instructive radar on the relative strength and maturity of innovation ecosystems globally.'
 
Stefan Henningsson, WWF-Sweden senior advisor on climate, energy & innovation said since the first GCII was published just five years ago, there has been a real shift in momentum from nations, cities, corporates, and investors committing to and taking unprecedented climate action.
 
'But we must see a rapid increase in commercialising disruptive innovations from the start-up community for us to be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to what science indicates we need to do. Of course, much more needs to be done in every country and by investors if we are to properly address climate change and achieve a halving of emissions every decade and a fossil fuel free energy system latest by 2050,' he said.
 
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice said the effort to tackle climate change would take everyone doing everything. 'For the world to have any chance to keep global warming well below 2°C, it will require a monumental effort on all fronts, and this task will be impossible without a combined and concerted effort to work on improving cleantech deployment innovation. I am really heartened by the positive trends identified in this report, especially the link between the role of government as an enabler and finance and innovation. This bodes well for stronger growth in cleantech innovation in the future.'
 
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Notes for Editors:
For more information on a particular country's cleantech innovation profile check the GCII programme micro-site at www.i3connect.com/gcii

Read the report online here http://bit.ly/2s2bGGe

The Index is not a scientific report but includes a cleantech investment update over the last few years until 2016. No changes occurring after 2016 are captured in the Index, and for a few of the indicators latest available global data goes back to 2013. So in this sense the index is a measure of recent history country ecosystem performance. 

There is no ceiling, or 'full marks', for indicators used in this Index. Each of the countries in the Index should aspire to improve each indicator in their country profile rather than improve rank, and use this Index to support and communicate strengths while addressing weaknesses. 

For further information, contact:
Stefan Henningsson Stefan.henningsson@wwf.panda.org 
Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwfint.org 
Posted: June 12, 2017, 12:00 am
Energy efficiency measures are key to curbing global warming © WWF / Staffan WidstrandBrussels, Belgium - 9 June 2017
 
Commenting on the draft report by Adam Gierek MEP on the Energy Efficiency Directive review, Arianna Vitali, Senior Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office said:
 
"This is a deeply flawed draft report. It contains unworkable provisions which would be a disaster for citizens and the climate.

The rapporteur, Adam Gierek MEP, appears to have decided to dismantle everything that works well in the current Energy Efficiency Directive - like the energy savings obligation  - in order to allow Member States to waste more energy, not use less.   
 
MEPs must tear up this report and instead use the draft opinion from the Environment Committee by Jytte Guteland for inspiration."
 
What?
 
The Energy Efficiency Directive is currently undergoing revision as part of the European Commission's 'Clean Energy for all Europeans' package. In November 2016, the European Commission proposed a 30% energy efficiency binding target at EU level for 2030.
 
For the European Parliament, the leading committee is the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Rapporteur is Adam Gierek, a Polish MEP from the  S&D Group.
 
The  European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is also giving an Opinion. The Rapporteur is the Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland, also from the S&D Group.
 
Next steps?
 
The ITRE (energy) committee will consider the report on 21-22 June and MEPs can table amendments until the 28 June. The final vote in the ITRE committee is expected on the 11-12 October.  
 
The EU Member State energy ministers will discuss the Energy Efficiency Directive on 26 June; it is unclear at this stage whether they will reach agreement - a 'general approach' - on the EED as there are still many open issues, particularly on the nature of the target (binding or indicative) and on the energy saving obligations (Article 7).
 
Contact:
Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer
sazau@wwf.eu
Tel: +32 473 57 31 37
Posted: June 9, 2017, 12:00 am
Lego extends its Climate Savers partnership with WWF-Sweden. © WWF-SwedenBILLUND, Denmark (7 June 2017) - The LEGO Group is extending its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as part of efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in manufacturing and supply chain operations, and promote global action on climate change.

Together with WWF, the LEGO Group has set ambitious targets to ensure more sustainable means of producing LEGO® play experiences, and by 2020 has committed to:
  • A further 10% increase in carbon (CO2) efficiency per LEGO brick produced
  • Continuing to ensure 100% of energy consumption is balanced by production of renewable energy sources
  • Further engaging with key suppliers to reduce the CO2 emissions in the full supply chain
The LEGO Group joined WWF's Climate Savers programme (http://climatesavers.org/) in 2014. Since then it has met or exceeded all its climate targets, including:
  • Balancing 100% of energy use with renewable sources through investing DKK 6 billion in two offshore wind farms
  • Research and development of more sustainable materials
  • Improving energy efficiency of producing LEGO bricks by more than 12%
"Climate change is a major challenge facing the planet, and the LEGO Group has a responsibility to minimise our impact on the planet – the planet that our children will inherit," said Marjorie Lao, CFO of the LEGO Group, who is responsible for the LEGO Group's sustainability strategy.  

"We have made solid progress balancing 100% of our energy consumption with renewables, but we know there is more to do to make the production of LEGO bricks more sustainable, especially in reducing CO2 emissions from our factories, and the entire supply chain. WWF is a valuable partner, who challenge us to think differently about how we operate and inspires us to set ambitious climate targets, and to inspire children to take care of the environment."

Bo Øksnebjerg, CEO of WWF-Denmark said: "We urgently need to take action to pursue sustainable development now and in the future – simply because the planet is under huge pressure. Impacts of climate change are already being felt by many communities and ecosystems worldwide, and we need to mitigate those impacts to secure a better living for our children and generations after them," and continues: "Our partnership with the LEGO Group is a showcase of how partnerships between businesses and NGO's can share important goals for protecting nature and our planet. Together we can make the future sustainable."

Engaging with suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions
The LEGO Group's 2020 goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 10%, the equivalent of more than 10,000 tonnes annually, or taking more than 28,000 cars off the roads. In addition, the LEGO Group will continue to work with key suppliers during the next three years to reduce CO2 emissions in its extended supply chain, emissions which account for more than 90% of the 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 produced from sourcing, production, and distribution of LEGO® bricks.

The LEGO Group conducted an engagement programme with suppliers, Engage to Reduce (E2R) to report and minimise CO2 emissions, and during the next three years it will step-up the programme to include more than 80% of its supply chain and set goals for CO2 reduction based on climate science.

Inspiring children to learn through play
The signing of the extended partnership coincided with the opening of the CIimate Planet (http://climateplanet.org/english)  event in Aarhus, Denmark. The LEGO Group marked the occasion with a building event that involved hundreds of children creating their vision of a sustainable future using LEGO® bricks.
"Children are our number one priority and will be affected by climate change.  They have wonderful, creative ideas about how to tackle this critical issue. We feel a responsibility to help inspire them to get engaged with important  environmental and social topics," said Tim Brooks, Vice President of Environmental Responsibility at the LEGO Group.

The LEGO Group has a range of activities to engage children in environmental sustainability. Children across the world can join the LEGO Planet Crew on LEGO.com (www.lego.com/planetcrew/), where they can learn through play about important environmental and social issues, and share their views on the responsibility issues they feel most passionate about.LEGO Life, the Group's social media platform (https:// www.lego.com/life), which has more than one million users, is hosting a series of challenges during June and July to encourage children to build their vision of a sustainable future using LEGO bricks.
 
For further information: 
Matthew Whitby
Communication Manager
E-mail: Media@LEGO.com
Ph: +45 795025351
Cecilie Weinholt
Head of Press WWF Denmark
E-mail: c.weinholt@wwf.dk
Ph: +45 3176 1200
 
As part of the continued partnership with WWF, by 2020 the LEGO Group has committed to:
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 10% per brick compared to 2016
The target will be relative to the amount of bricks produced [tCO2e/ton LEGO bricks produced]. Measured in 2016 data reducing carbon emissions by 10% would result in a reduction of 10,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
  • Maintain the 100% renewable energy achievement
Ensure renewable energy assets continue to produce more energy than is consumed at LEGO Group factories, offices and stores globally.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions in the supply chain.
    • Increase the number of suppliers in the E2R programme from 30 to 50, to cover strategic suppliers accountable for at least 80% of the LEGO Group's direct procurement.  
    • Support suppliers to report their CO2 footprint to the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) (https://www.cdp.net/en) and improve their CDP performance, and set science-based for CO2 reduction targets in line with the LEGO Group's own research.
  • Establish a corporate environmental employee engagement program
Continue to engage employees in reducing the environmental impact of operations, within energy, waste and water consumption.
  • Maintain a positive corporate position on climate change
Continue to engage and inspire the public, decision makers and other companies in the climate change agenda.
 
About the WWF Climate Savers Programme
The Climate Savers Programme is WWF's global platform to engage business and industry on climate and energy. The intention of the programme is to inspire a change in thinking about climate solutions in companies and encourage them to transform themselves to low-carbon leaders, acting as agents of change within their sphere of influence. This leaves member companies in a better position to avoid carbon-related risks while realising opportunities within their long-term business strategies.
Posted: June 9, 2017, 12:00 am
Walruses crammed together on the coast of Chukotka in far-eastern Russia  © WWF Russia/Polar Bear Patrol/ V KavryWWF has launched a major international project aimed at protecting the biodiversity of Russia's Arctic in the face of climate change. By 2023, the project's goal is an increase in the percentage of the territory protected in the Nenets, Taimyr, and Chukotka regions - from 11 per cent to at least 14 per cent.

The project, "Conservation of Biodiversity in the Northern Regions of Russia to achieve CBD Goals through Extension and Strengthening of a Protected Areas Network adapted to Climate Change" will identify areas that are especially vulnerable or resilient to rapid change. It will also consider ways to reduce the impact of industrial development on the ecosystems and communities of the north.

WWF is implementing the project in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia. Funding of 8.4 million Euros is provided to the International Climate Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Quotes

"The project involves cooperation with authorities at all levels, research institutes, indigenous and local communities, environmental organizations and business. This is a shining example of how nature conservation organizations help providing solutions to the urgent nature conservation problems and attract significant funds to the protection of the Russian nature."
Igor Chestin, WWF-Russia CEO

"The development of Russia's northern regions is a constant government priority. They are especially affected by climate change. It is very important for us to study these processes and do everything we can to preserve the vulnerable nature of the North and its rare species. And we are grateful to our German colleagues for the decision to support such a large-scale project in our country."
Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia

"The northern regions of Russia harbor a unique biological diversity that also supports traditional ways of life of local people. At the same time, these are the regions where the threats caused by climate change have become very visible. By improving the network of protected areas, this project will help to protect biodiversity and strengthen the resilience to climate change of local communities and of highly valuable natural territories."
Jochen Flasbarth, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

More information from WWF-Russia
 
Posted: June 6, 2017, 12:00 am
Keeping global warming to 1.5°C will help beat poverty and climate change. © Kate Holt / WWF-UKBrussels, Belgium - 7 June 2017 

With the opening of the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels today, European development and environmental groups are urging the EU to take more ambitious actions in the fight against climate change.
ACT Alliance, CARE, CAN Europe, CIDSE, Oxfam, World Future Council and WWF have joined forces to host a thematic booth at the EDDs with the message: "1.5°C - Zero poverty, Zero emissions".

A human-sized walking Eiffel Tower will be present to remind the EU of its responsibility to pursue policies and actions at home and abroad that are consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
 
Bruno Nicostrate, Climate Change Advocacy Officer at ACT Alliance EU: "The window of opportunity to keep global warming below 1.5°C is rapidly closing. Just a few more years to prevent irreversible loss and damage which will annihilate the progress made so far. The Sustainable Development Goals will only be achieved if the richest countries and the development sector integrate this temperature limit in their policies and practices today."
 
Maeve McLynn, Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe: "If the EU is truly committed to solidarity on climate change with its partners in developing countries, it must scale up climate action at home. This should result in higher targets for emissions reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency."
 
Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator CARE International: "Keeping within the 1.5°C global warming limit is a matter of survival for many vulnerable countries. Science tells us that beyond that level, irreversible impacts will reach more dangerous levels, leading to higher sea-level rise, reduced crop yields and more heatwaves. The poorest people, often marginalised women and girls, will be hit hardest, a grave injustice."
 
Giulia Bondi, Climate Justice & Energy Officer CIDSE:  "If we as a global society are going to keep the temperature rise below 1.5°C, we must increase efforts to make renewable energy systems affordable and accessible, both here in the North and in the Global South. Policymakers need to follow the example of citizens who are already making this radical shift and support grassroots initiatives that are innovative and democratic".
 
Marc Olivier-Herman, Oxfam's EU Economic Justice Policy Lead: "Less developed countries urgently need financial support to help them adapt to ever-more extreme weather and develop on a low carbon footing. The EU and its member states must put their money where their mouth is and increase the budget for global climate action." -
 
Anna Leidreiter, Senior Programme Manager Climate Energy, World Future Council: "Sustainable development can only be reached by transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy. The most climate vulnerable countries are in fact pioneering the energy transition as a way to implement zero poverty and zero emissions. A new report by the World Future Council and Bread for the World shows how 100% RE helps achieving all SDGs."
 
Sally Nicholson, Head of Development Policy and Finance, WWF European Policy Office:
"The EU talks a good game on climate action, but can it follow through? The fate of millions of people hinges on the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda being urgently translated from words into deeds. This is the only way we can be sure to improve the wellbeing and prosperity of everyone, everywhere."
 
Booth location:
Stand 64 in the EDD Global Village 
 
Photos for media use:
Photos for media use will be available during the EDD here.
 
Media contacts:
 
ACT Alliance EU
Bruno Nicostrate, Climate Change Advocacy Officer
bruno.nicostrate@actalliance.eu
Mobile: +32 484 024 684
 
CIDSE
Kelly Di Domenico, Media and Communications Officer
didomenico@cidse.org
Mobile: +32 491 39 54 75
 
CAN Europe
Ania Drążkiewicz, Communications Coordinator
ania@caneurope.org
Work: +32 2894 4675
Mobile: +32 494 525 738
 
CARE International
Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator
sharmeling@careclimatechange.org
Mobile: +49 177 6136431
 
Oxfam
Florian Oel, Media & Communications Officer
florian.oel@oxfam.org
Work: +32-2-234 11 15
Mobile +32-473-56 22 60
 
WWF
Sarah Azau, Senior Communications Officer
sazau@wwf.eu
Mobile +32 473 57 31 37
 
World Future Council (WFC)
Miriam Petersen, Media & Communications Manager
miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org
Mobile: +49 1573 8640 577
 
Posted: June 6, 2017, 12:00 am
The Paris climate agreement was approved by almost 200 countries in Paris at COP21 in December 2015. © IISD Reporting ServiceWASHINGTON, DC -- The broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, today declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.
 
Together, these leaders are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change absent leadership at the federal level. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America's emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.
 
In response, Lou Leonard, World Wildlife Fund-US senior vice president of climate and energy said: "US leadership on climate change doesn't begin or end in Washington. Focusing on last week's disappointing decision by President Trump misses the bigger story - America is still in this fight.
 
"American companies, cities, states, colleges and universities are banding together to help meet US targets under the Paris Agreement. And it's not just Fortune 500 companies leading the way. From hundreds of small businesses on Main Street, to cities from Louisville to Pittsburgh, and schools from Arizona State to Ohio State, these American leaders are using their economic and political influence to shift the United States to clean energy and send a clear message to the world: the United States is committed to climate action and delivering on the Paris Agreement." 
 
To view the full statement, quotes and list of signatories, visit: www.WeAreStillIn.com

For further information, contact Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwfint.org 
Posted: June 5, 2017, 12:00 am
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