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MEPs reject 30% emissions cuts

By Clare Groves |  6 July 2011

On 5 July 2011, MEPs voted on whether to raise the level of EU emissions cuts from 20% to 30%, by 2020. It was a close call, but the vote ended in a very disappointing rejection of the proposal. Find out where it faltered and what we're planning next.

Christian Aid lobbies Daniel Hannan MEP, Winchester, South East In the last two weeks, almost 3,000 Christian Aid supporters have asked their MEPs to support stronger European carbon emissions cuts.

Thank you for your support of this important climate change vote.

The EU emissions vote took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 5 July 2011. 

MEPs voted on a large number of amendments to the report and it appears the more progressive climate voices decided to reject the report altogether to prevent diluting the existing EU support for 30% cuts.

We knew the vote would be close, but we are particularly disappointed that Conservative MEPs voted against their own government on the issue.

They ignored targeted lobbying by activists, including nearly 20,000 messages from Christian Aid supporters and protests outside some of their offices.

We visited the offices of many MEPs, including:

  • Martin Callanan MEP, Newcastle, North East

  • Syed Kamall MEP, Kingston, South East

  • Daniel Hannan MEP, Winchester, South East

  • Malcolm Harbour MEP and Phillip Bradbourn MEP, West Midlands.

What next?

The outcome of this vote is bad news for people living in poverty around the world, who bear the brunt of climate change. But it is non-binding, so it is up to European governments to lead the way in introducing legislation domestically to make the necessary increase.

European countries must introduce cuts of 30% as an absolute minimum to tackle the climate crisis, and allow the EU to play a leadership role in the international climate negotiations in Durban at the end of the year.


Take action

Join our climate at a day of action in Manchester on Saturday 1 October 2011. On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, we'll call on the government to show ambitious leadership on climate change.

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About the author

Clare Groves

Clare Fussell is a campaigns officer for Christian Aid

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