ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE
As the Conservative Spokesperson for energy and climate change in the European Parliament I set priorities in the energy and climate change portfolios on behalf of the Conservative party.
Our objective is to deliver affordable, low carbon energy for UK citizens through a free market in energy which is connected across borders. Every day Europe spends one billion Euros on gas it imports from Russia. As a net importer of energy, the Conservatives believe Europe needs to diversify its energy system and allow Member States to harness their own indigenous energy resources like shale gas and offshore wind in order to secure our energy supply and lower fuel bills for consumers.
We support the liberalisation of energy markets, believing that competition will drive down prices for consumers. Similarly, we want to see key infrastructure projects like cross-border interconnectors in the North Sea delivered. By creating a truly free market in energy, we can reduce our dependence on foreign energy further and help create jobs in energy research and development, manufacturing and maintenance.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Scientists predict that if we do not limit the earth's temperature rise to 2 degrees the consequences of climate change will be irreversible. In my role as climate change spokesman and member of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament I am responsible for leading the Conservative group's work on climate change through efforts to reduce the carbon we emit into the atmosphere. I am the European Parliament's lead negotiator on reforms to Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS), Europe's flagship climate change legislation to reduce emissions. In this role I will shape the policies Europe uses to reduce our emissions and meet our greenhouse gas reduction target of minus 40% by 2030.
As well as being heavily dependent on foreign imports of energy, Europe's consumers often pay 30% to 50% more for their energy than consumers in the US. As Conservative spokesman for energy I work to ensure that we create more of the energy we consume, and that European legislation and policy decisions do not burden consumers and businesses with additional costs.
My speech to the European Parliament ahead of the vote on the ETSREAD MORE
The Marrakech UN Climate Change Conference, COP22, is over. You probably missed it. But what was actually agreed in Morocco?READ MORE
Frustrations are beginning to show in Marrakech as progress on negotiations is slowREAD MORE
This piece originally appeared in the Times on the 15th of November 2016READ MORE
Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has expressed delight at his appointment to the Board of Advisors of the Schwarzenegger Institute, University of Southern California.READ MORE
My letter to the UK CCS Research Centre Edinburgh conference on making the case for CCSREAD MORE
Short statement on the decision of the Environment Committee regarding rapporteurship of the ETS Phase IV reformsREAD MORE
My speech to the Environment Committee today on the EU ETSREAD MORE
My speech to the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition High Level Forum on the proposal for a Carbon CollarREAD MORE
The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will take place on the 23 June. I believe it will be a once in a generation, perhaps even once in a lifetime, event. The question to be posed in the referendum is straightforward, the answer, a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ However, the relationship between the UK and the EU is anything but simple.READ MORE
The purpose of this paper is to consider whether membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK in terms of energy and of climate change.READ MORE
Attached is my proposal to Parliament and press statement for Phase IV of the EU ETSREAD MORE
In light of new information, I will be extending the deadline for submitting my report on the ETSREAD MORE
An unorthodox approach to reforming one of the EU's key climate change policiesREAD MORE
Standing in Union Street, as the snow fell gently upon me, I was reminded of the pleasures of electioneering in Aberdeen in late April! It’s where I began my political career back in 2003 as candidate for the Holyrood seat of Aberdeen South. Seems just like yesterday to me, but when I point this out to my team, two of whom hail from the Granite City, they are quick to remind me that they were sitting their exams at the time.READ MORE
My vision for the Shetland Islands at the heart of a multi billion pound energy investmentREAD MORE
Coal, oil and gas burning energy plants have borne the brunt of the EU's emission ambitions so far, but a time is fast approaching when it is not the power plants far from our home that will do the heavy lifting but the car in our garage. Are you ready to turn off the ignition of your fossil-fuelled car? The clock is ticking.READ MORE
The EU is currently assessing how effective its rules on energy efficiency have been. I want to guarantee that Local Authorities and the Scottish Government have as much flexibility in implementing energy efficiency as possible. This was my message to the European Parliament's Environment Committee.READ MORE