COP26: Portugal to sign declaration to exclude nuclear energy from European funding – Portugal

Portugal and several European countries are going to sign a declaration on Thursday that excludes nuclear energy from energy sources considered sustainable, defending that it cannot receive European funding, the minister of Environment and Climate Action announced today.

Matos Fernandes at COP26

Matos Fernandes at COP26 Reuters

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Luxembourg are among the signatories of the document, which will be presented at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), taking place in Glasgow, in Scotland.

Speaking to Portuguese journalists at the UN climate summit, João Pedro Matos Fernandes argued that it is “absolutely essential to ensure that European money, even for projects within Europe, is made exclusively for energy projects that are considered sustainable”.

“We want to make it clear that there is a group of countries, including some that have nuclear power, such as Spain, that feel that one thing is the use of nuclear energy, and even the admission of some nuclear projects, but from there to it be considered sustainable in order to obtain community funds for its construction, thats not even a thought”, he stressed.

Matos Fernandes noted that there are divergent positions regarding the production of energy from nuclear sources, the most notable of which is France – whose energy production depends in two thirds on nuclear sources – and some eastern countries.

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