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Landmark EU Climate Change Package - a first step

17 December, 2008

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 anactive 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

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