- Call for carbon rationing By Dan McGinn email@example.com 22 October 2005 A GREEN MEP yesterday calledMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 23, 2005View Source
Call for carbon rationing
By Dan McGinn
22 October 2005
A GREEN MEP yesterday called for people to be given a special swipe card to ration the amount of carbon they use in transport and household energy in a bid to tackle climate change.
Caroline Lucas, the MEP for South East England, issued the call as the Green Party in Northern Ireland 's annual general meeting got under way in Hilltown, South Down.
She told members in an address using a video link that current the UK and international targets for reducing greenhouse gases were hopelessly inadequate.
She also argued: "The steps we need to take are very clear and they are actually very straightforward.
"A massive investment in energy conservation, major investments in renewable energies, internalising environmental costs, changes to transport policy, planning policy, housing policy, far more energy efficiency.
"It seems to me that the most efficient way of achieving that would be through a system of domestic carbon rationing or domestic tradable quotas as it is sometimes known.
"Carbon rationing at a national level would mirror the system and would focus on personal transport and household energy.
"Each adult would be given a carbon card, like a credit card, which they would swipe as they buy petrol for their cars or air tickets.
"At the same time, energy bills would subtract the relevant rations from the individual's total allocation."
The idea of carbon rationing was proposed by a Labour MP, Colin Challen, in a bill presented to parliament in May. Supporters believe the scheme could place carbon reduction at the centre of public policy.
Efforts to persuade the US government to sign up to the 1997 Kyoto Accord to tackle climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions have so far failed.