Labour MEPs urge European leaders to agree ambitious climate targets

Labour MEPs have called on Europe’s leaders, who meet this week for the European Council summit in Brussels, to agree ambitious, binding targets to save energy and reduce emissions.

Seb Dance MEP, Labour’s European spokesperson on climate change, said:

“Labour MEPs have been calling for ambitious targets to tackle climate change: at least a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to the 1990 level; at least 30% renewable energy and a 40% improvement in energy efficiency.

“We need an ambitious climate framework to lay the groundwork for a global climate deal in 2015, something we plan to highlight in the upcoming UN climate conference.”

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour’s European spokesperson on energy, added:

“Europe’s leaders must agree targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, greater use of renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency.

“If the soundbite ‘greenest government ever’ is to have any meaning at all, it requires David Cameron to lead for once and back the Parliament’s ambitious, binding targets, not threaten to water down or veto these proposals.”