Monday, 8 September 2008

Carbon Reduction Campaign

I would like to draw your attention to a ‘Friends of the Earth’ campaign, to reduce CO2 emission limits, that I wish to promote.

The details of the campaign are as follows:

In October 2008 the European Parliament is to vote to adopt the European Commission’s proposed regulation on CO2 emission limits.

The proposed limit for new cars registered in the EU is to be 130g CO2/km instead of the existing 160g CO2/km.

However ‘FoE’ believes that 130g/km is not enough and is campaigning for a more restrictive limit of 120g CO2/km with further reductions to follow – 80g/km in 2020 and 65g/km in 2025.

To highlight this ‘FoE’ has set up a micro-site: to get people, concerned about this, to write to their MEPs, encourage bloggers to discuss this in their blogs and link to the micro-site and urge people to sign up.

LATEST NEWS: Carmakers should have an extra three years’ breathing space to implement carbon dioxide emission reductions, according to a report adopted by MEPs on 1st September 2008.

The Environment Committee will vote on this matter on 9th September, with Environment Ministers discussing the proposals in October, so it is vital that we give ‘FoE’ all the support we can before then.

Please support this campaign!

Moving onwards & upwards together

Ashley Gunstock speaking at the Leadership Hustings
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those people who helped, supported and voted for me during the recent Green Party Leadership election – which I am very proud to have contested – and also congratulate Caroline Lucas & Adrian Ramsay on becoming The Green Party's first Leader & Deputy.

The Green Party has evolved through many upheavals and we should now look upon the recent, fundamental changes as a challenge for us all to meet and do our best to embrace.

Now that The Party has a Leadership team I wish it - and all Party officers - success in developing a strategy that will work for the good of The Party and take it forward and, as a Green Party member, I will do my best to make that happen.

However if, given a good chance, the strategy does not work positively for The Party don't count me out of standing at another leadership election. I may well be back..."

Yours sincerely

Ashley Gunstock
Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party
General Election Candidate for Leyton & Wanstead