As I wrote yesterday, the Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas wrote an Early Day Motion back on the 24th October and it now has 19 MPs who have signed it which includes Zarah Sultana and Dan Carden who are both Labour MPs, Wera Hobhouse who is Liberal Democrat MP and Martyn Day and Tommy Sheppard who are both SNP MPs. Those people along with Caroline formed the team of six people who endorsed the EDM initially. In addition as well as those six MPs so far there have also been another six Labour MPs, three Plaid Cymru MPs, two Independents, a DUP and a Social Democratic and Labour MP. So currently there are 4 Welsh MPs, 2 Scottish and 2 NI MPs and the rest of the 11 MPs are English MPs. The text of the EDM is below with a title “Global Registry of Fossil Fuels” and the link is available here. In my view it is very clearly connected to the COP27 theme which is why I think it should be promoted over the next 10 days. One of the reasons why it seems reasonable for Lloyd Russell-Moyle to sign this EDM in addition to the context is that three days later Lloyd created his own EDM which yesterday Caroline Lucas signed. That EDM is entitled “Adopting ILO Convention 169 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention” which can be obtained here. So far that EDM has some of the same people that have signed Caroline’s EDM and it would seem very positive if Lloyd would also do so? It would of course be fantastic if we could persuade many more MPs to sign the EDM which has the text below. Lloyd is the Brighton Kemptown MP so he is next door to my MP and also one of the Sussex MPs that does regularly endorse EDMs.
That this House notes that the 2021 UNEP Production Gap Report found that governments plan to produce more than twice the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C and calls for verifiable and comparable data on the location, quantities and ownership of fossil fuels; notes that, to date, climate change policy efforts have not focussed on reducing supply of those fuels; welcomes the launch of a new Global Registry of Fossil Fuels, the world’s first public database of fossil fuel production and reserves expressed in CO2-equivalent, which is designed to give policymakers, investors and civil society the asset level data to help manage the phase-out of fossil fuels; is alarmed that the Global Registry shows producing and combusting the world’s known fossil fuel reserves would emit over seven times more greenhouse gas emissions than the remaining carbon budget for 1.5C and more than all emissions produced since the industrial revolution; believes that the Registry will help give markets information to estimate which assets are likely to become stranded, act as a carbon budget assessment tool, help just transition planning, and promote government accountability for fossil fuel reserves and production within national territories; calls on the UK Government to join the governments of countries such as Germany, France, Tuvalu and Ireland, which have given diplomatic support to the Registry, and to commit to reporting to the Registry, which currently contains data for over 50,000 fields in 89 countries, covering 75 percent of global production.