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de Brún at UN Climate Change Conference

9 December, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún, who is a member of the European Parliament Environment Committee and the Temporary Committee on Climate Change, will participate all week in the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, as part of the European Parliament delegation.

Speaking from Poznan, Ms de Brún said:

"We stand at an important crossroads in setting out the way forward in how we respond to the threat of Climate Change.

"The UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań provides the opportunity to draw together the advances made in 2008 and move from discussion to negotiation mode in 2009 and to build momentum towards an agreed outcome at Copenhagen.

"The election of Barrack Obama in the US has also given rise to a new optimism that we will see a new decisiveness.

"One of the key aims at Poznan is to agree on a plan of action for the final year of negotiations' in the run in to Copenhagen next year. Important issues will also include capacity-building for developing countries, reducing emissions from deforestation (REDD), technology transfer and adaptation.

"In the European Parliament we are working to reach agreement by the end of the year on a package of legislation to give effect to the targets set by the EU last year to have 20% renewable energy, 20% energy efficiency and a 20%-30% reduction in emissions (relative to the 1990 level) by 2020. But we are not seeking just any deal. The EU's international credibility on the road to Copenhagen depends on not doing a u-turn on any of our commitments."

Ms de Brún also pointed out the need for local action saying:

"This is not just about what happens in Poznan or on the world stage. Progress on addressing Climate Change internationally needs to be matched by local action.

"There needs to be a detailed Executive strategy to set out how we are going to meet our carbon emissions targets and adapt to Climate Change. This strategy should spell out how each sector of the economy and society can contribute to reducing these emissions. The recently published Scottish Climate Bill shows the direction that we can and should go." ENDS

Note to Editors

The Poznan UN Climate Change Conference aims to:

  • Agree on a plan of action and programmes of work for the final year of negotiations after a year of comprehensive and extensive discussions on crucial issues relating to future commitments, actions and cooperation;
  • Make significant progress on a number of on-going issues required to enhance further the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol;
  • Advance understanding and commonality of views on 'shared vision' for a new climate change regime; and
  • Strengthen momentum and commitment to the process and the agreed timeline.

Other important issues will be capacity-building for developing countries, reducing emissions from deforestation (REDD), technology transfer and adaptation.

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