de Brún welcomes positive EU signal for climate change negotiations
Speaking today from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún welcomed the Environment Committee's support for an ambitious stance at the upcoming UN COP 17 climate change negotiations to be held in Durban, South Africa.
de Brún, who will be part of the European Parliament's official delegation to the summit in December, said,
"The resolution on the UN climate negotiations adopted in the committee, and which I was proud to co-sponsor, contains many encouraging aspects. It is a very positive signal that MEPs today strongly defended the Kyoto Protocol and the continuation of a legally-binding international agreement committing industrialised countries to reduce greenhouse gases. The resolution recognises that we need to close the gap between our current actions and those needed to tackle one of the major challenges of the 21st century, and to scale up the finance provided to help developing countries meet this challenge. The EU must not falter in demonstrating strong leadership in global climate negotiations."
"MEPs also agreed that we need to strengthen our efforts and that the EU should aim beyond its current 20% emissions reduction target for 2020. It should be noted that increasing ambitions for reducing emissions will not only significantly benefit the environment but will also create vital green growth."
"At a time of severe economic hardship for many, it is essential that EU policymakers quickly realise the incredible growth potential the move to resource-efficient and low-carbon economies could have. We need to recognise that climate policies can strengthen not hinder economic recovery."
The resolution is due to be voted by the whole Parliament during its 15-17 November plenary session.
Ms de Brún concluded: "I am also pleased to co-host and co-organise an important conference on this topic in the European Parliament on 10 November. The international climate negotiations and the potential for green jobs will be among the themes discussed by participants from across Europe and beyond."