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The European Commission proposes that nuclear and gas plants be considered “green”

The European Comission He proposed last New Year’s Eve that investments in nuclear energy and natural gas be considered sustainable in the ecological transition. The round of consultations on this with EU countries and experts from the Sustainable Finance Platform has officially started. “Taking into account scientific advice and current technological progress, as well as the different challenges towards the transition between member states, the Commission considers that there is a role for natural gas and nuclear as a means to facilitate the transition towards a future based predominantly in renewables, “said the Community Executive. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is the main supporter of the proposal.

Brussels intends to approve the delegated act this January after consulting with European governments and experts, but for it to enter into force, the proposal will have to receive the approval of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. Somewhat complicated in the face of Germany’s current opposition to that friendly view on nuclear power and gas.

With the gas price At all-time highs, its automatic reflection on consumers’ electricity bills and little prospect of the situation improving in the first months of the year, the energy price crisis will continue to be one of the major headaches for the European Union in 2022. In In this framework, a final agreement is expected to limit the initial confrontation between Germany and France in the controversy of considering nuclear energy a clean energy. In parallel, the EU begins the legislative development to reduce its emissions by 55% in 2030 compared to 1990 as a path to decarbonize the economy in the middle of the century, a debate that will last for years and is expected to be intense.

While Germany closed at dawn on Friday three of its six operating nuclear power plants as part of the approved plan to shut down all atomic production before the end of 2022, the European Commission reinvigorates the controversial proposal to modify the classification of green energy for the purpose. investors and include nuclear energy and natural gas.

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The European Commission’s approach accepts a leading role for nuclear energy today and in new plants that are built at least until 2045. The Commission’s idea, in line with the Paris thesis, is that nuclear energy provides stability to the energy production and is key and essential to achieve sustainable development goals. Gas-fired power plants will also enjoy the same “green” status at least until 2030.

Despite this approach by the Commission, today it seems difficult for the German Greens to accept the theses of the European Commission. Consensus in Europe seems difficult.

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