On this page you will be able to read about my work as a member of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, as well as about a number of environmental issues with which I am actively involved. These include:
Early Day Motions - To look up Parliamentary motions that I have signed on this issue click here and tap in e.g. 'Energy' in the 'search for' field and jones/lynne in the 'Member' field.
Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee
I am a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee, which is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its associated public bodies including the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Commission for Rural Communities.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's website provides details of current and past inquiries but here are some recent examples:
During the 2005/06 Session, we are conducted a series of linked inquiries into aspects of climate change policy:
- The role of renewable energy in meeting the UK’s climate change aims, with specific reference to bioenergy – biomass and biofuels. Read our report Climate change: the role of bioenergy, which came out on 18th September 2006, or the just the summary.
- The “citizen’s agenda”: actions which individuals can change take in their daily lives to help tackle climate change, including micro-generation, local communities, schools and businesses. Click here for my personal pledges.
- The Kyoto Protocol after Montreal: the operation of the “Kyoto rulebook” agreed at Montreal and future developments, more information on the UN website: http://unfccc.int/2860.php
Asia-Europe Dialogue on Climate Change in Helsinki, 7-8 September, 2006
I represented the EFRA Committee at these discussions. Other parliamentarians came from India, Portugal, Germany, Italy, UK, Finland, Malaysia, Sweden and the European Parliament. There were contributions from legislators, scientists and representatives of government, business and civil society organisations from China, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Netherlands, Sweden, Indonesia; these included the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
You can read our message on Climate Change, delivered to the 6th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) - Heads of State and Government from thirteen Asian nations, twenty-five European nations and the President of the European Commission, who gathered in Helsinki on 10th & 11th September 2006. I was disappointed that our emphasis on establishing a limit for a maximum global temperature rise of 2 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels to avoid dangerous climate change was not even mentioned by the declaration of the ASEM Heads of State. Click here to read the ASEM declaration.
My last words in Parliament - on climate change
I am a member of GLOBE International, which aims to support political leadership on issues of climate and energy security, land-use change and ecosystems. Please click here for information on the Rome Legislators Forum - June 2009.
Click on the links below to read about my views covering the following topics:
The 10:10 Campaign to achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010.
My letter to Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, about financing from the developed world to help poorer countries adopt green technologies and protect their people from the consequences of climate change.
- Action at national and international levels
- The Stern Review
- The Kyoto protocol
- Aviation and the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EETS)
- Personal carbon allowances
- Green taxes
Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Click here to read about how the UK compares with the rest of Europe on recycling; why I support variable charging for waste; and recycling in Birmingham - or the lack of it!
Click here for details of my visit to an 'industrial symbiosis' programme in Kings Heath in my constituency.