RSPB response to EU climate package

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RSPB response to EU climate package

The RSPB is has reacted to the EU Commission’s unambitious climate and energy package announced today.

Ivan Scrase, RSPB climate campaigner, said: “We are very disappointed with the European Commission’s announcements on climate and energy today.

“A dangerous gulf is opening up between the reality of climate change, which threatens to cause huge suffering and drive many species into extinction, and European leaders’ commitment to tackling it. A 40% greenhouse gas target is not nearly enough, and the 27% renewables target – which comes with an opt out clause – is unambitious.

“On the one hand the UK Government has pushed for an ambitious target on greenhouse gas emissions, while on the other it has undermined progress in Europe on clean energy. In particular the UK has pushed for weak regulation of shale gas drilling, which threatens to undermine climate goals. And in addition the UK has blocked introduction of a renewable energy target that is binding on member states for the period after 2020.

“Achieving deep cuts in emissions will be much harder with more fracking and less renewables.”

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