CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

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.

ENERGY

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.

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