David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

SNP must show that Scotland can lead the EU in tackling climate change

David Martin, Labour's senior Member of European Parliament for Scotland, will today (Wednesday 19 November) host an event inside the European Parliament with Oxfam Scotland. The event will promote Scotland's climate change legislation, which is the most ambitious in the world.

Mr Martin said "Scotland has a unique opportunity to lead the European Union (EU) on action to combat the detrimental effects of man-made climate change. All parties unanimously voted in favour of these ambitious targets; however if Scotland is really going to be a world leader on this issue then the pressure is now on the SNP to show that these targets can be met."

Labour has also been serious about tackling climate change in the European Parliament. Labour MEPs have called for an EU-wide target of at least a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and at minimum of 30% of all energy to come from renewable sources.

“The EU is about reaping the benefits from shared resources as well as addressing those threats that put all European nations at risk” added Mr Martin. "The Scottish Parliament agreed to cut Scotland’s greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050 and I would like to see the EU recognising this ambition and realising these cuts are possible. We need a progressive climate framework to lay the groundwork for a global climate deal in 2015 and there is still time to agree on more ambitious targets, like those in Scotland."

The event will include the screening of a hard-hitting short film entitled:  Leading the EU? Scotland: Our Climate Action Story as well as presentations from Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Change Chaos Scotland, and Jean-Cyril Dargon, EU Economic Justice Policy Advisor for Oxfam International.

The event is happening in advance of the major United Nations (UN) Conference on Climate Change which will take place in Lima, Peru on the 1st and 2nd  of December.

Notes:  To date the Climate Change (Scotland) Act is the world’s most progressive climate change legislation in a number of areas:

*A target to cut Scotland’s greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels;
* An interim target to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020, compared to 1990 levels;
* Annual emission reduction targets which, from 2020, must be at least 3% per year;
* At least 80% of each year’s emission reductions must come from within Scotland, with a limit of only 20% coming from the use of international carbon credits;
* Scotland’s emission reduction targets also include Scotland’s share of emissions from international aviation and shipping.

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