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 European Parliament adopted a report on the EU's future climate policy in February 2009, setting out the EP's position on what the EU position should be. The UN IPCC, the scientific advisory body on climate change whose findings have been accepted by the EU, has stated that industrialised countries need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 80-95% by 2050 (based on 1990 levels) to have even a 50:50 chance of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees. This should therefore be the very least ambitious target range for EU policy. Despite this, the EPP group tabled an amendment calling for the EU's 2050 target to be a mere 60-80% reduction in greenhouse gases. Thankfully, this amendment was defeated but a surprisingly large number of MEPs voted for this insufficient and unscientific range.
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