de Brún supports "necessary" inclusion of airlines in emissions scheme
Sinn Féin MEP and climate change committee member in the European Parliament has described the inclusion of aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme as "necessary" and says that claims about the negative effects of the measures are exaggerated.
Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:
"Since 1990 greenhouse gas emissions from EU international aviation have more than doubled and now account for 5-12% of the total EU CO2 emissions. This week the European Parliament votes on a compromise package which although far from perfect will allow us to set limits on the aviation industry's emissions beginning in 2012. This is necessary to allow us to seriously deal with climate change from all angles."
"We all carry a responsibility to fight climate change including the aviation sector and those of us who regularly fly. Nobody can be exempted from this responsibility. Other sectors of the economy are playing their part and this package will mean that the aviation sector will begin to play its part also. The inclusion of aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme is necessary and exaggerated claims about the negative effects of this measure cannot hide that."