Extracts from the interim report by Karl-Heinz Florenz, Member of the EP, on climate change, plenary session of the EP
End production: 21/05/2008 First transmission: 21/05/2008
The temporary Committee on Climate Change debated and voted in EP Plenary Session a report on climate change drafted by Karl-Heinz Florenz, Member of the EP. The Members of the EP from the Climate Change Committee criticised "scientifically unsubstantiated efforts" to discredit studies on the causes and effects of climate change, called for additional research on the impact of biofuels, and warned that current policies will not suffice to stem global warming in the long term. The interim report, drafted by Karl-Heinz Florenz, addresses only the scientific facts of climate change. Recommendations for the EU's future integrated climate change policy, for adaptation and mitigation measures, and for Parliament's position in international negotiations for a post-2012 climate change framework, will be set out in a final report, to be adopted before February 2009.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Karl-Heinz Florenz, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that in the future they need to move forward to a third industrial revolution which would take into account the three pillars of sustainability: sustainability in terms of production, the social component and of course the economic component; but that is not a limitation, it is a huge opportunity and they need to cash in on that opportunity, because one thing is clear, the climate debate is just one part of the problem; the real problem is one of sustainability because in 500 years we'll have squandered energy that have taken millions of years to acquire and we have no answer to what energy will be available to our children and their children
||Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) saying that the EU is prepared to play a leading role with regard to climate policies and within the framework of the UN, the framework convention; it is also prepared to abide by the regulations
saying that they have set goals for the future and it is important that we reduce the use of fossil fuels in the EU economies and that competitiveness and energy supply also be maintained
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in GREEK) saying that we have to convert to low CO2 emissions forms of energy generation; we are more or less talking about a green revolution what has become clear from the IPCC report is that even with ambitious measures to reduce the emissions some serious consequences of climate change will unfortunately be inevitable;
saying that he wants to be clear about this, the EU is calling on the United States to stop being an obstacle to progress in this area and to be part of the process; discussions with the US have started to move in the right direction; however, they are still expecting them to improve their stats; it is also essential that they work towards commitments for reduction of emission from the developing countries
||Joseph Daul, Member of the EP, (in FRENCH) saying that the most seriously affected areas will be the poorest ones in Africa, Asia and Latin and Central America where they should be expecting environmental migration; with this increase in climatic events there will be a new kind of refugee appearing no longer political nor economic migrants but climatic refugees and with the downturn in the agricultural areas that can be cropped, there will be an unprecedented food crisis;
saying that if the EU does not take seriously its role to push the United States on the one hand and such emerging powers that are India and China on the other hand, to join Europe in the struggle against climate change then who will?
||Martin Schulz, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that today they need to tackle energy policy issues, climate change issues, but at the same time they should not forget world hunger; they have got to be able to reconcile these two things; they need an interdisciplinary approach
saying that when all the three institutions work together then they can do something before the next European elections; there is the impression in the public opinion that Heads of States and Governments decide major issues but it is the EP that comes together in order to work out the details in a number of theses issues and it is there that they can flag out the presence of the European Parliament
||Cutaway of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP
||Sir Graham Watson, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that we need to cut greenhouse gas emissions not by 20% but possibly by up to 40% depending on what deal can be made with third countries at the Copenhagen talks in 2009
||Cutaways (2 shots)