Parliament has approved a proposal by the European Commission to include certain gas and nuclear energy-related events in the EU taxonomy.
This taxonomy shows which industries and businesses the EU considers to be sustainable in terms of climate and environment.
– This means energy companies operating through gas and nuclear power can get loans from banks involved in green investments. This will make it easier for these companies to finance their operations in the future.
That’s what Lars Gulbrandsen, head of research for climate and energy policy at Fridtjof Nansen’s institute, says.
These companies will have an advantage over coal companies, which have higher CO 2 emissions than gas and nuclear power.
MDG: – Unfortunate signal
The motion passed in Parliament today is to remove gas and nuclear power from the list of sustainable investments.
278 delegates voted in favor of the motion, 328 voted against, and 33 abstained.
Arild Hermstad, deputy leader of the Green Party (MDG), says the party is disappointed that the proposal was voted down.
– This sends an unfortunate signal to the outside world, Hermstad tells NRK, because it will prolong fossil energy in the EU.
He believes that classifying gas as a sustainable investment could prevent the EU from meeting our climate targets.
On the other hand, he doesn’t think it’s a catchphrase for oil and gas companies.
– The good news here is that the EU has set very strict requirements for approving gas-fired power plants in its category. It does not contribute to any major investment in gas on the part of the EU.
– In the long term, says Hermstad, the job is to phase out fossil fuels and bring in renewables.
Mixed reactions in Denmark
In Denmark, a member of the European Union, many politicians are unhappy with the decision. DR.
Politicians from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People’s Party and the Danish Liberal Party both believe the decision is a defeat for the climate.
On the other hand, Danish Conservatives EU Member of Parliament Bernil Weiss is satisfied with the results. He believes that both natural gas and nuclear power are necessary steps on the path to climate neutrality.
The rules will enter into force in 2023 unless 20 of the 27 member states vote against it.
Better reserve power than coal
Gulbrandsen believes gas will remain on the list because it leads to lower emissions than the alternative.
– If you can’t use gas, you have to use coal, which is more polluting and has bigger CO 2 emissions than gas.
Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are not as sustainable energy sources as fossil fuels for natural reasons.
– When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, one is balanced depending on the force of existence, so one has energy.
Until the renewable energy grid is fully developed, one must depend on alternative and more sustainable energy sources.
Gulbrandsen at Fridtjof Nansen’s Institute believes it has to do with the current situation between Europe and Russia.
If the gas supply from Russia is cut off and there is no incentive to switch to gas more favorably, it will be easier to switch to coal.
Nuclear power is a controversial topic in many European countries.
Although the energy source is climate neutral when it comes to CO emissions, people are skeptical about the safety risk associated with nuclear waste and radioactivity and accidents.
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