From the office of the Green MEP for London
*MEPs VOTE FOR NEW EU CLIMATE CHANGE TARGETS*
EURO-MPs have voted to adopt new EU-wide targets on further cutting
greenhouse gas emissions and using more renewable energy by 2030.
Members of the Environment and Energy Committee today agreed to set
targets of reducing emissions by 40% - by getting 30% of the EU's energy
from renewable sources and reducing energy use by 40% by 2030.
Though the agreement fell short of Green MEPs' calls for targets of
reducing emissions by 60% and obtaining 45% of energy from renewable
sources, they welcomed the vote.
London's Green MEP Jean Lambert said:
“*It is vital that the EU shows real leadership ahead of the crucial
global climate negotiations scheduled for Paris next year.*
“*Having strong binding targets on reducing energy use and CO2 emissions
and using more renewable energy is needed for that to happen – and though
we think the targets supported by MEPs today aren't high enough, we welcome
the fact that the principle of tough targets has been accepted, despite
opposition from the UK Tories.*
“*I hope the European Parliament as a whole will endorse them next month –
and the European Commission will, in due course, adopt them.”*
*Notes to Editors*
*Jean Lambert* is one of eight MEPs representing London and one of two UK
Green representatives in the European Parliament. *Jean was first elected
Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999
European elections and was* re-elected in 2004 and 2009.
*For an interview with Jean, a print-quality picture, or for further
information please contact: Ben Duncan, **Media & PR Officer to Jean
Lambert MEP: 020 7250 8417 / 07917 881648 / **firstname.lastname@example.org
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