Strong message from Parliament for EU to show leadership in Climate Change - Lynn Boylan MEP
Today the European Parliament voted for ambitious 2030 targets for CO2 emissions from cars and vans.
Speaking after the vote in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan said:
“It is encouraging to see the European Parliament show leadership on climate change, leadership that is lacking at the EU Commission level.
"The EU Parliament has raised the targets for emissions reductions from the EU Commission’s proposal of 30% CO2 reduction by 2030 to an ambitious 40% reduction.
“We know that emissions from transport are going in the wrong direction across the EU, so we cannot afford to be conservative in our ambitions for new cars coming onto the market.
"In Ireland, it is expected that our transport emissions will rise by 20% by 2030.
“The report also advocates closing the loopholes in emission testing to avoid another 'Dieselgate scandal'.
"It recommends the development of a real-world emission test rather than allowing car manufacturers to declare their own emissions compliance.
Ms Boylan added;
“I sincerely hope that the same ambition and leadership is now shown by the EU Council and especially by Irish Minister Denis Naughten.
"Ireland is the laggard in the EU when it comes to meeting our climate change targets.
"CO2 standards for cars and vans are an important tool in the battle to reverse transport emissions in Ireland but we also need greater investment in clean public transport and electric vehicle infrastructure."