Most political parties now 'talk the talk' on climate change but when it comes down to it do they 'walk the walk'? Click on the different issues below to find out how MEPs voted in these important climate and energy votes. Once you have chosen the issue, you can choose to see how a whole political group voted or how MEPs from the same group in your country voted.go to Top
The energy sector is responsible for around 40% of total CO2 emissions Europe, with coal power plants accounting for two-thirds of the total CO2 emissions produced by the electricity sector in the EU. Quitting coal should be a priority if the EU is to meet its emissions reductions targets and help stop dangerous climate change. Introducing an ambitious 'emissions performance standard' would ensure that only the cleanest and most efficient power plants could be built. The Greens have tried to push for this in a number of reports in the European Parliament, including a report in 2008 setting out the EP position on a sustainable EU energy policy. The Green amendment called for an emissions performance standard of 350 grams of CO2 per kWh, which would have ensured that only fossil fuel fired power plants using the latest and cleanest technology could be built. The amendment was defeated.
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