EU Nations Quarrel Over Whether Nuclear, Gas Are 'green'
Amiens, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jan, 2022 ) :Hours before the window for lodging objections closes, EU environment and energy ministers meeting in France Friday differed sharply on a European Commission provision that would classify nuclear and natural gas energy as "sustainable".
Debate over the Commission's so-called "taxonomy" is not on the agenda of the informal, three-day talks in Amiens, but flared nonetheless.
In late December the European Commission unveiled a classification labelling investment in nuclear gas-based energy as sustainable, in order to favour sectors that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming.
Nuclear power is carbon-free, and gas is significantly less polluting than coal.
Countries in the European Union had until midnight Friday to suggest modifications.
After that, the Commission -- taking these suggestions into account -- must "rapidly" publish a final text that will be definitely adopted four months later.
Passage in its current form seems more than likely: it would take a majority of deputies in the EU parliament or 20 of the 27 members states to derail it, and critical mass is lacking in both cases.
And among EU member states, a dozen have backed France's position and the Commission's proposed taxonomy.
"We cannot deprive ourselves of it at the same time that we need to very rapidly reduce our carbon emissions."