European Parliament: ‘say no to fossil fuel lobbying at international climate talks’

MEPs have today voted in favour of pushing to curb the access of fossil fuel lobbyists at international climate negotiations.

The European Parliament passed a Green amendment to a resolution on the 2017 Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, giving the EP delegation to the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings license to encourage countries to limit the access of organisations that could dampen the ambition of the process.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and European Chair of the Climate Parliament, said after the vote:

“I am delighted to see MEPs coming together today to support our calls to keep vested interests out of climate negotiations. The European Parliament is sending a strong message: we won’t stand for dirty energy lobbyists and climate deniers subverting the absolutely critical fight against climate change. It’s time to increase transparency in UN climate negotiations and stop polluting industries having access to them.”

“The resolution passed today is a reminder that it is by working together with our neighbours that we have the best chance of tackling the most pressing issue we face today. Climate change has no respect for boundaries and a collaborative approach is essential while strength in numbers is also the best way to resist the dirty lobbyists.”

“The EU is showing climate change leadership while Theresa May threatens to kowtow to climate dinosaurs in both the US and Northern Ireland. It is clearer every day that the greatest risk to UK progress on climate change is Brexit.”