|April 24, 2007|
Strasbourg carbon cost condemned
|The European Parliament's monthly move from Brussels to Strasbourg generates more than 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, Green Party MEPs say. The Green Party commissioned the study, which says the carbon cost is equal to 4,000 households in London. |
The monthly trek is often referred to as the "travelling circus".
The report is published on the same day the parliament is expected to set up a temporary committee to propose new measures tackling climate change.
The study, by York University's Professor John Whitelegg, says if the parliament stopped meeting in Strasbourg, it could get rid of more than 2,000 offices, a debating chamber and 50 conference rooms.
The study is published on the day that MEPs are expected to set up a committee with a mandate to look at new measures against climate change and co-ordinate the parliament's policies.
The Greens say the parliament's failure to put its own house in order undermines its own credibility, and Strasbourg has come to stand for all that is wrong with the EU.