European Climate Foundation Annual Report 2018

facts & figures

EU climate leadership

The Clean Energy for All package has agreed ambition climate and energy policies and standards.
When implemented it will mean that by 2030, in the EU:

More than half of electricity
will come from renewables

Having reached 30% renewables in electricity in 2017, the EU agrees on a world-record target of 55% renewable electricity (on average across the EU) by 2030.

Member States will implement climate and energy plans in line with the Paris Agreement

The new EU Governance Regulation sets strong and binding rules for Member States that require them to make 2030 climate and energy plans consistent with the EU’s 2050 goals. The EU commission proposes that the EU adopt a goal to become climate neutral by 2050.

Coal power won’t be subsidised

The EU agrees on new market-design rules that new coal power plants will not be able to receive subsidies starting in 2020. Existing coal power plants will lose financial support as of 2025.

Demand for energy will be one third lower than what it was in 2005

The EU agrees that energy demand in 2030 must be 32.5% lower than in 2005 with an annual national energy savings obligation of 0.8% annually through 2050.

Electric vehicles will become a standard

The EU agrees on a deal to reduce CO2 from new cars by 37.5% during 2021-2030. 30-40% of car sales will need to be electric. If fully implemented, this will put emissions (per kilometre) on a trajectory towards zero in 2050. EU institutions also agree on a 30% reduction of CO2 for new trucks by 2030.

facts & figures

National mobilisation


50.000 PEOPLE

50,000 people joined a march to preserve Hambach Forest in the biggest anti-coal, pro-climate demonstration in Germany to date.



Record high (84%) public concerns about climate change put the coal phase-out of the country by 2030 high on the public agenda in Poland.



More than 160 Members of Parliament of all parties, including more than 50 Conservatives, wrote to the Prime Minister to set in law a target to reduce UK emissions to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2019, Ministers will receive formal advice on whether to raise the ambition of the UK’s overall climate targets.



Unprecedent movement of citizens supporting climate action emerging in France: more than 2 million signed the petition supporting the “Affaire du Siècle”, a litigation process against the French state because of climate inaction, making it the most signed petition ever in France.

facts & figures
Europe’s global leadership

IPCC report

The IPCC 1.5°C report made it clear that the next ten years will be crucial to ensure we can limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C and avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, and that the solution lay in rapidly decarbonising the global economy.

Paris Agreement

The UN climate talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, helped make the Paris Agreement a reality by agreeing on much of its “rulebook", or guidelines for how countries should implement the deal. Crucially, the Katowice text reiterated the 2020 deadline for countries to update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which helps maintain the pressure for further action in 2019. COP24 also helped amplify, on the international stage, a number of important discussions on the Just Transition and the need to phase out the burning of coal.

Global Climate Action Summit

Leaders from all sectors of society (regions, cities, business, investors and civil society) gathered in San Francisco to demonstrate how they are taking climate ambition to the next level. The summit, hosted by California governor Jerry Brown, culminated in calls for increased government action on climate change as well as more than 500 commitments on healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship and the transformation of the investment climate for zero-carbon assets.

Clean energy in South-East Asia

The Indonesia Clean Energy Forum was launched and attended by the Indonesia Energy Minister Jonan, marking the arrival of the energy transition discussion in Indonesia. Vietnam similarly demonstrated progress towards a clean energy transition, contracting for three gigawatts of solar power against a target of one gigawatt as well as announcing a feed-in tariff for wind power.

facts & figures
Sustainable finance

Ambitious sustainable finance agenda

The High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published its recommendations in January, the European Commission’s Action Plan for a Greener and Cleaner Economy was presented in March and the first legislative package launched in May.

Stop financing coal

Standard Chartered bank announced it will stop financing coal-fired power plants anywhere in the world.

Bank regulation

Banks will need to disclose ESG (including climate) risks within three years, effectively applying to all listed European banks.

EU climate leadership

Sustainable finance

National mobilisation

Europe's global leadership

climate solutionS for THE people