Climate change

In the lead-up to the EU referendum Molly highlighted the important role the EU plays in setting emissions targets and delivering action to tackle climate change. The EU was instrumental in the success of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Molly was able to vote in favour of this historic agreement in the European Parliament. Ahead of climate negotiations she commissioned a report exploring ways to control carbon emissions.

As an economist and member of the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee Molly has done a lot of work around ‘climate finance’ challenging the European Investment Bank on the risks of the ‘carbon bubble’ urging it to divest from carbon intensive assets. She has warned that the overvaluation of oil, gas and coal – fossil fuel assets which scientists say must remain unexploited if global warming is to be limited below 2°C – could lead to a new financial crisis.

Molly has been the only South West MEP to strongly oppose fracking and has challenged other South West MPs and MEPs to follow the Greens in supporting a ban on all shale gas exploration. She has championed divestment and for all further fossil fuel reserves to be left in the ground.  Molly has called on the government to follow the European Parliament’s progressive approach, acknowledging investments in pension and investment funds can be a powerful tool in driving social, environmental and economic change.

News

Greens urge government to commit to revised EU Directive on renewable energy - 28 June 2018

Green MEP slams both Tories and Labour over ‘climate wrecking’ infrastructure decisions - 26 June 2018

Government proposal encouraging divestment by pension funds weak compared to EU alternative, warns MEP - 18 June 2018

As EU agree 32% target for renewables by 2030, Green MEP urges government to reject nuclear and fossil fuels and embrace a renewable energy revolution in new report - 15 June 2018

Green MEPs slam Heathrow expansion as "a sick joke" - 5 June 2018

Articles

The EU has a chance to lead the world on sustainable finance - it must seize it - 24 April 2018

What does eating meat have to do with extreme weather conditions like this week's snowstorms? Quite a lot, actually - 2 March 2018

Government should stop burning cash on biomass plants and waste incinerators - 23 February 2018

Theresa May's green half measures fail to reverse her government's dirty policies - 12 January 2018

The Tories’ rebranding won’t wash: being green is about more than fluffy bunnies - 13 December 2017

Reports

Energy Isolationism: How the UK is sailing into the wind on energy policy - 15 June 2018

Devonport: From Trident jobs to green employment - 16 November 2016

Controlling Carbon - 21 October 2015

Green Money: Reclaiming Quantitative Easing - 15 June 2015

The Power to Transform the South West - 17 April 2015

Letters

Letter to Trade Commissioner and Commission President on exploitation of Amazon reserve - 5 September 2017

European Central Bank: fossil fuel assets and investments - 18 December 2016

Unsustainable consumption of animal-based food - 16 November 2016

Letter to Guardian on EU from leading Green politicians - 21 May 2015

Letter to Commission on Sustainable Food Systems - 29 April 2015

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