The European Commission proposes to consider sustainable energies nuclear and gas

The European Commission has proposed that investments in nuclear energy and natural gas be considered sustainable in the ecological transition, as it has assured this Saturday, after announcing that it has already begun consultations in this regard with EU countries and experts from the Platform of Sustainable Finance.

“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 “, has assured the Community Executive.

Brussels intends to approve the delegated act this January after consulting with European governments and experts. But, to enter into force, the proposal will have to receive the approval of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

The Community Executive has been delaying the proposal in recent weeks and it was not until the middle of last week, in its last meeting prior to the Christmas break, when it held a debate on the so-called “taxonomy.”

In its proposal, the Commission has proposed that investments in nuclear power plants that receive a construction permit before 2045 receive the green label and that natural gas be considered sustainable as long as it comes from renewable energies or has low emissions in 2035.

The decision comes just as Germany enters a key phase of the energy transition with the blackout this Friday of three nuclear power plants – there are only three more to be closed in 2022 – and the challenge of promoting the use of renewables . “The abandonment of atomic energy is irreversible”, assured the German Minister of the Environment, Steffi Lemke.

Thus, the Member States are divided on the role that nuclear energy and natural gas should play in the transition towards climate neutrality that Brussels wants to achieve in 2050.

France, for its part, leads the group of countries that want nuclear energy to be considered sustainable. Spain, however, opposes that investments in either of the two sources in contention be classified as sustainable investments. Member States and experts from the Sustainable Finance Platform will have until 12 January to send their contributions to Brussels.

Afterwards, the text must be approved by a simple majority in the European Parliament and by a qualified majority in the Council, that is, it must be approved by at least 20 EU countries and representing 65% of the EU population.

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