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Anderson MEP welcomes focus on 'Clean Energy' at Climate Parliament

20 February, 2013 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson has welcomed the International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energy and Development which will meet in Brussels on March 7th - 8th.  The 'Climate Parliament' will convene Members of Parliament from Africa, Asia and Europe in an urgent dialogue with major multilateral agencies on international cooperation to promote renewables worldwide.

Martina Anderson who is a member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee (ENVI) which deals with Climate Change said:

"The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is happening too slowly to prevent changes in our climate that will affect our food production, threaten our coastal cities and lead to increasingly frequent extreme weather events such as the droughts and storms seen in many countries in recent years. The transition to renewable energy requires close cooperation at regional, national and global levels. 

"Our TDs and MPs have a key role in generating international action at the speed and scale needed.

Ms Anderson continued:

"International organisations such as the regional development banks, the European Union, UN agencies and the World Bank are investing vast sums of money in infrastructure.  But are they doing enough to promote clean energy?  As legislators, we approve the budgets that fund their work.  Members of Parliament from both donor and recipient countries need to monitor the work of those organisations on behalf of our constituents.  Elected representatives need to encourage them to give top priority to accelerating the global transition to a low carbon economy.

"To create a reliable supply of clean energy, the nations of each major world region must share their resources among themselves through cross-border trading.  In this way, everyone can be connected to the areas where solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energy sources are most abundant and local fluctuations in sun and wind can be factored in.  This requires a new level of international cooperation on energy issues.

"In the global sunbelt, where the majority of the world’s poor live, bilateral and multilateral development agencies have an important role to play in enabling access to clean energy for everyone.

"This Climate Parliament  will enable legislators to question agency heads and senior officials from the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the OECD, the UN Development Programme, the UN Industrial Development Organisation, the World Bank and some major bilateral agencies about what they are doing – or not doing – to support renewable energy. 

Part of the discussion will include Members of Parliament from all three regions, and will take place in regional groups."

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