Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, cautiously welcomed the approval of a raft of proposals to make energy cleaner and more sustainable in Europe.
The European Parliament approved draft EU legislation to increase both energy efficiency and the share of renewables in the energy mix by a target of 35% by 2030, together with measures to help households facing energy poverty.
Ms. Childers had tabled strong proposals for the sustainability of biofuels, in particular, and worked together with colleagues in the Socialists and Democrats’ group to put forward proposals to curb energy poverty.
Speaking from Strasbourg after votes in Parliament on Wednesday, Ms. Childers said:
“What we got through today is the most that conservatives in Parliament allowed themselves to support, bearing the interests of powerful agribusiness lobbies in mind.
“Yet it is the very least we must do to avoid catastrophic climate change and remain with the commitments made in the Paris Agreement. We will be forced to improve matters such as sustainability criteria to make sure they are fit for our purpose, which is no less than tackling existential risk.
“I am heartened to see the ecologically disastrous use of palm oil phased out from our renewable fuel mix.
“The freezing of old-school, food-crop-based biofuels at current Member State levels is also progress, even if I had proposed a full phase-out.
“Our future cannot be fuelled on carbon. I hope Member State governments, with whom we will now have to negotiate on this legislation, won’t dilute it even further.”
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