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Kyoto not enough to stop increasing CO2 emissions

1 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has commenting on the latest report from the Global Carbon Project has challenged the Environment Minister Sammy Wilson to set out his agenda for the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The Carbon Budget 2007 published yesterday makes it clear that 'efforts to curb carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol have not done enough to stop emissions increasing in industrialised nations and the developing world'.

Ms de Brún said:

"The Carbon Budget 2007 highlights the rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 emissions, with levels growing four times faster since 2000 than in the last decade. At the same time the report highlights the declining efficiency of the natural carbon sinks.

"We are talking about a situation where we could have projected CO2 levels at their highest for 20 million years and the challenge for Environment Minister Sammy Wilson is to set out his agenda for the reduction of CO2 emissions.

"While the EU is committed to reducing its emissions by 20% by 2020, and has pledged to increase that to a 30% reduction if a new global climate change agreement can be reached next year in Copenhagen, the local Environment Minister must also rise to the challenge.

"In terms of energy, the question of security of energy supply is also important, as is the question of fuel poverty. Self-sufficiency should be aimed for as much as practicably possible. In Ireland's case this means the greatest possible use of our own resources such as solar, wind and tidal power and the development of energy saving, resource-efficient, renewable and low emission technologies.

"We need to also see much closer co-operation and co-ordination between Departments such as DARD, DETI and DoE and for example new building regulations to promote the use of renewable energy technologies." ENDS

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