Informal Council of EU Environment Ministers in Dublin: extracts from the press conference by Phil HOGAN, Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, and Janez POTOČNIK, Member of the EC in charge of Environment
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland
End production: 23/04/2013 First transmission: 23/04/2013
On 23 April, the Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan presided the Environment Council. The Council held a public policy debate on proposed changes to the environmental impact assessment directive, which intends to streamline the environmental assessments, enhance the quality-related elements of the EIA process and reinforce its effectiveness. The Council also held a public policy debate on a draft directive on indirect land-use change amending the fuel quality and renewable energy directives, which aims to encourage a transition to biofuels that deliver greater greenhouse gas savings.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Phil Hogan, Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local: Yesterday we focused on how we can build our resources efficient and green in Europe, in line with the overall theme of the Irish presidency stability, growth and jobs. Are we re looking at how Europe can play a stronger role in advancing the green economy on the international stage. We are also very stimulated in discussion how we can make further improvements in European air quality, particularly in the urban environment an issue of fundamental importance to the health of European citizens. This morning we turn our attention to the climate change matters and we focused specifically on the European Commission recently published consult of the communication of 2015 international climate change negotiations. In that session the discussion focused on how the EU can work successfully with other parties and stakeholders to maximise ambition and participation in the new international climate agreement and how best to use political interaction to build momentum and conclude a good agreement by 2015.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment: The conclusion is pretty straight forward and simple, green growth is about growth and full stop. SO for Europe is at most important that we switch to producing the products using less energy, using less water, using less raw materials, products that are usable and recyclable because this makes all economic sense and this is the way how improve competitiveness.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action: I think we are circulating around one thing, a lot of people are talking about we need more flexibility in international talks, yes but there is one thing where there is a limit on how much flexibility Europe can accept, we must all accept signs, leaders of the whole world have agreed stay below the 2 degrees. And that means that we are not constructing internationally. It should not be a discussion whether is bottom up the national action out there or top down an international framework; it has to be a combination of the two.
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