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EU must keep climate commitments: de Brún

4 December, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

EU must keep climate commitments: de Brún

Sinn Féin Climate Change MEP Bairbre de Brún speaking in Brussels today during a debate on EU Climate Change Policy has stated that the EU must not back down on it climate commitments.

The Six-County MEP said:

"We are at a critical point in our negotiations around this package on climate change and energy where the EU needs to agree ambitious targets so that Europe can lead the way in tackling climate change and reducing emissions.

We are also entering a period of great economic uncertainty.

These two facts should be both appreciated and understood but the second of these should not be used as an excuse to negate the first.

Abandoning the progress made to date on setting targets for emissions reductions makes no sense in the short- or long-term. If anything, the economic downturn should embolden us to make the jump to the new, green economy quicker so that many of the old problems of oil demand and energy consumption can be dealt with once and for all.

When it comes to fighting climate change there have always been excuses for the tardy or for the deniers. This fact will not change and neither should our scientific approach in setting the necessary binding targets for emissions reductions. With regard to CCS it is important to have the new emissions performance standard, which would apply to all power stations from 2015 at the very latest. It is also important to have ongoing monitoring and to have strong safety criteria.

That certainly is the attitude I will bring to next week's talks in Poznan and I hope the EU more generally can pledge the same in our internal negotiations or in our dealings with the wider world in preparing the ground for a post-Kyoto climate agreement. "

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