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de Brún calls EU proposals on climate change 'a beginning'

26 March, 2008

Sinn Féin's MEP on the European Parliament's Climate Change Committee Bairbre de Brún has called EU proposals on climate change 'a beginning' and has stressed the role that local and national governments can play in combating climate change.

Ms de Brún was speaking as MEPs in the European Parliament plenary session discussed the results of the recent European Council which dealt with climate change. Welcoming the introduction of targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for increasing the use of renewable energy, de Brún called for annual targets to be made binding through legislation by national governments, saying" legislation is needed to force governments across Europe to live up to their responsibilities." Ms de Brún also called for added targets on energy efficiency and expressed disappointment that this was not reflected in the Spring Summit conclusions.

Ms de Brún also welcomed the visit today by Dr. Rajendra K. PACHAURI Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner to address the Climate Change Committee. Ms de Brún said "It is a great privilege for us to meet with Dr Pachauri today in the European Parliament Climate Change Committee. The recent Stern report and the 4th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change leave no room for doubt that climate change is occurring and accelerating and that no more time can be wasted." Críoch

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