Trade needs to 'go green' - de Brún
Sinn Féin's MEP Bairbre de Brún has today welcomed the European Parliament's backing of an important message - trade needs to go green.
Speaking in Brussels after the vote Ms de Brún said
"The European Union has a duty to get its own house in order in this regard and also to push our trading partners to adopt a more sustainable trading system."
Touching on the sensitive issue of biofuels Ms de Brún called for a rationale approach to the issue saying:
"While biofuels can potentially play an important part in the drive for a greater use of renewable energy there are important environmental considerations to be met.
"We need to be aware of growing concerns about the impact of palm oil production and other agro fuels production in much of Latin America on forestation, on biodiversity, on the environment in general and on human rights and food sovereignty." Críoch