Citizen's Agora on Climate change: statements by José Manuel Barroso, Michel Delebarre, Dimitris Dimitriadis and Claude Lenglet
End production: 12/06/2008 First transmission: 12/06/2008
A Citizen's Agora on Climate change was organised on 12 and 13 June 2008 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting brought together over 500 people - NGOs, climate experts and international experts - to join Members of the EP in debating ways to combat climate change. The issue is a crucial one for the European Parliament as it will be required to legislate on EU-wide measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The point of the Agora is for the views and proposals of members of the civil society to be fully heard as the EU attempts to set out carbon reducing measures. Among the speakers was José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, who outlined the climate change package aiming to reduce Europe's Greenhouse gases by 20% by 2020. Guido Sacconi and Karl-Heinz Florenz, Members of the EP, presented the interim report of the special committee on climate change.
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||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that we see what is going on with the oil prices; we can not be dependant on fossil fuels; so for environmental reasons, for the good of life on our planet, but also for economic important and good reasons, and for energy security reasons, they need to have a final agreement on the strategy for fighting climate change in Europe and then to try to involve others in Copenhagen in 2009 to have real global agreement;
(in FRENCH) saying that when you ask Europeans if they want to see European action in certain fields, they always say the fight against climate change, the protection of the environment and the common energy policy; it is something that shows a positive Europe; it is very important, on a "Union "point of view so that Europe can start doing concrete things to help climate change
||Michel Delebarre, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, (in FRENCH) saying that one can not stay at the European traditional speech level; they cannot only rely on national speeches; they are necessary but it is on all the territories of the European Union that one has to act; therefore their message at the Committee of the Regions is to say that all leaders at the regional, territorial level, city level should be mobilised to face climate change and should work towards a change of attitudes; when you know that over consumption of energy come from habitat and transport, you realise that these are direct competence of territorial authorities; this is why he strongly believes that you can not avoid this level of authority in the fight against climate change; general mobilisation will include this level of competence;
saying that when a large city favours public transportation to cars it does the right thing for climate change; measuring the amount of energy spent for buildings, and then explaining to the public that with only a few modifications you could save energy, then one acts in favour of climate change, and that is their obligation
||Claude Lenglet, Director R&D Bouygues Building and Civil works Group, (in FRENCH) saying that the first objective is to reduce the energy consumption of buildings; it represents about 40% of European energy; this sector represents about 33%, one third of green house gas emissions;
saying that currently, buildings consume about 300kwh per square meter per year; the objective is to come down to 50kwh per sq meter per year; it is feasible, they have just built a unit which consumes 15kwh per year; this involves new methods, new approaches; these have to be boosted at all levels; European rules help them in that way; the objectives for 2020 and 2050 are very helpful and the different policies start to be implemented; he would mention the German, British, Dutch programmes and the French programme "Grenelle de l'Environnement"
||Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, (in ENGLISH) saying that the Europeans are responsible for the whole world; he strongly believes that they can have all the initiatives because they have the legitimacy, the responsibility and the knowledge to be the first power in the world to solve the problem of climate change; this is the message of the Committee, it is a priority for all of them; they need alliance, they can not solve the problem alone