Environment

Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey MP and Sarah Ludford MEP visit PlasRecycle's new reprocessing plant in Woolwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Board of PlasRecycle welcomed yesterday Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon. Edward Davey MP, and Baroness Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat MEP for London who were given a tour of PlasRecycle’s new recycling facility in Woolwich, South East London.

MEPs vote to cut plastic bag use in Europe by 80% in 5 years

The European Parliament has voted in favour of dramatically cutting plastic bags use across Europe by 80% in 5 years.

 

Figures from the European Commission show that over 100 billion carrier bags are used every year within the EU, working out at an average of 200 per person. 8 billion of these end up as litter, many of them in Europe's seas including the English Channel and North Sea.

 

EU acts to protect Londoners failed by Mayor on air pollution

The European Commission has today launched legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to cut toxic levels of nitrogen dioxide, linked to premature deaths in London.

This follows a UK Supreme Court ruling in 2013 that EU air pollution limits are regularly exceeded in 16 zones across the UK including Greater London, with current air quality improvement plans envisaging London compliance with EU standards only in 2025, fifteen years after the original deadline.

Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford commented:

EU funding helps Muswell Hill chippy go green

Ludford: EU funding helps Muswell Hill chippy go green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L to R: Sarah Ludford MEP, George Georgiou & Lynne Featherstone MP

 

Local MEP demands EU action against food fraud in London

One year after the horsemeat scandal shook Britain’s food industry, MEPs in Strasbourg today called for increased EU action to tackle food fraud to boost consumer confidence.

 

An investigation also published today by the consumer group Which? into 395 local authorities across the UK found that Bexley was the worst performing local authority in the country for food hygiene. Five other London councils are in the bottom 10 (Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Richmond upon Thames and Southwark).

 

According to Which?, food testing across the country is down by 7 per cent over the past year, and testing for the labelling and presentation of food has decreased by 16 per cent.

 

Only LibDems will stand up for residents over Heathrow

Reacting to the Davies Commission’s interim report on airport capacity in London and the South East, Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford said:
 
“Along with solid Liberal Democrat opinion, I have long opposed the expansion of Heathrow airport because of serious environmental concerns.”
 
“I will therefore continue to fight any proposal to expand Heathrow that would increase noise and air pollution for local residents.”
 
“The Davies Commission must look again at how the ample spare aviation capacity in London and the South East could be used more effectively, instead of heaping more misery on residents in West and South West London.”
 

Boris Johnson airport case not persuasive

After a meeting in Brussels with the Mayor of London's aviation adviser Daniel Moylan who is also a Conservative Kensington councillor, at which he argued in favour of a huge new airport in the Thames Estuary - or at Stansted - which would involve the closure of Heathrow, Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford said:

 

“The Mayor and I can agree in opposing Heathrow expansion, although there are many Tories disgracefully supporting a Third Runway. Liberal Democrats are united in refusing to impose further noise and air pollution on the residents of West London.”
 

Reform EU sugar policy to protect Tate & Lyle

 

Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford has welcomed the coalition government’s continued commitment to the reform of EU sugar policy, which is vital for the future of 850 jobs at Tate & Lyle’s cane sugar refinery in Silvertown, east London.

 

Tories betray British business in carbon vote

 

Commenting on the decision of Conservative MEPs to vote against a proposal to “backload” the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that sets a price for industrial carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to combat climate change, LibDem MEP for London Sarah Ludford said:

 

“It is a disgrace that all three Tory MEPs for London - Syed Kamall, Charles Tannock and Marina Yannakoudakis - voted against the backloading proposal. These Conservatives have shown their contempt both for the needs of British industry and the fight against climate change.”

 

Boris cannot breathe easily over EU targets

 

Commenting on the news that Boris Johnson is being investigated over a possible breach of EU air pollution rules, London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford and campaigner for clean air in London said:

“The bad news is racking up for Boris after his tetchy BBC interview on Sunday. He is now the subject of an EU probe into whether he breached air pollution rules during the Olympics.”

“The use of dust suppressants to avoid EU fines shows the Mayor will go to any length to avoid taking effective action to reduce chronic levels of air pollution in London.”

“Thousands of people die as a result of air pollution in London every year. The people of London deserve better air quality to stop these needless deaths.”

MEPs want electric and hybrid cars to make some noise

 

MEPs today backed a Liberal group proposal for mandatory introduction of 'acoustic vehicle alerting systems' (AVAS) in quiet vehicles such as electric and hybrid cars, to protect vulnerable road users. Road safety groups and organisations for partially sighted and blind people such as the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association had called for these acoustic warning devices in order to avoid increased accident risks.


Research from the United States indicates that very quiet vehicles are twice as likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident as vehicles fitted with an internal combustion engine - most typically when the vehicle is slowing or stopping, moving in reverse or entering or exiting a parking space.

 

Sarah's speech to Parliament on the sugar industry

Sarah Ludford (ALDE ). – Mr President, Vice-President Reding is not the only person present who rarely ventures into agriculture. The 2006 reform promised to guarantee supplies, and has clearly not delivered for traditional cane refiners. The sector is shedding jobs. I would like to say to Mr Dantin that nearly 1 000 jobs are imperilled in my constituency alone, and factories face the risk of closure.

Meanwhile, beet refiners pocketed EUR 5 billion of aid in 2006 – compared to EUR 150 million for cane refiners – and use a cross subsidy to muscle into refining. They are now creaming off profits since the market is oligopolistic rather than competitive.

'Blue not Green' Tories would cut climate change aid

David Cameron's Tory MEPs showed their true colours by launching last minute attempts in the European Parliament to scupper the EU's strategy for the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change of cutting carbon emissions and increasing climate change aid for developing countries.

Tory MEPs Daniel Hannan and Roger Helmer voted against call for the Copenhagen talks to agree an 80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050. They were among 18 members of the Tories' new breakaway European Conservatives and Reformists Group including its Polish leader Michal Kaminski to oppose such a deal .

Poor climate change PR is barrier to action

In answer to Liberal Democrat European MEP for London Sarah Ludford a top European Commission official has acknowledged that the EU has failed to convince the public of the seriousness of global climate change and the economic and jobs advantages of urgent action.

At an event organised in the European Parliament by the European Forum on Renewable Energy Sources (Eufores) Sarah Ludford asked Christopher Jones Director-General for Energy and Transport why the public relations on energy conservation and climate change was so poor. He admitted that getting the message across is one of the biggest challenges for the new Commission. Sarah Ludford commented:

Plugged in to a Greener Office

A London Euro-MP has plugged in to green electricity and is urging local businesses and householders to join her in making a difference.

Liberal Democrat Baroness Sarah Ludford who is proud of the environmental record of the European Parliament is practising what she preaches by switching her office to a supplier of renewable electricity.

She has signed up to Unit[e]; an electricity supplier ranked first by Friends of the Earth as the greenest choice for consumers. Unit[e] sources its renewable energy from a wind farm in Cornwall and other small wind and wave sources around the UK.

Juliet Davenport chief executive of Unit[e] explains how simple it is for London householders to make a difference.

Ludford urges Livingstone to help pile pressure on Bush

London's Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has today written to Ken Livingstone urging him to add his signature to a letter from European Mayors to President George Bush regarding the Kyoto protocol.

The letter was drafted by Paolo Costa the Mayor of Venice urging Mr Livingstone to join with the Mayors of other major European cities to ask President Bush to reconsider his stance on the threat of climate change.

Baroness Ludford commented:

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