Landmark EU Climate Change Package a first step - de Brún
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this afternoon voted in favour of the European Parliament's Climate Change Package. Today's vote is a landmark in tackling climate change as it is the first time such a package has been addressed through EU legislation. Ms de Brún is an active member of the European Parliament's Environment and Climate Change Committees and has actively worked on the package that is being voted on today.
Speaking from Strasbourg Ms. de Brún said: "Today's deal represents an unprecedented international attempt to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change. All measures at local, national, EU and global levels that can set the necessary binding targets for CO2 reductions through the UN climate talks must be supported.
“Today's vote marks a landmark first step in the EU's legislative commitment to tackling climate change. However there are some very disappointing elements in the package. For example the possibility for Member States to export the majority of their emissions reductions actions to countries outside the EU and the complete failure to hold to account the automobile industry by imposing strict reductions in CO2 emissions from passenger cars must be addressed in the future. No industry sector can be allowed to hide from its responsibility in reducing emissions.
“That said I welcome the measures on renewable energy and on fuel quality and the improvements to the Emissions Trading Scheme represent movement in the right direction.
“Today's vote brings forward the legislation. What we now need is its implementation by the government in Dublin and the executive in Belfast to ensure that such legislative aspirations become part and parcel of Ireland's environmental policy making.“At a time of economic recession the opportunities presented by renewables should be seen as an incentive to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and create much needed employment." ENDS