EU Likely to
Put Gas, Nuclear in Green Lists, Commissioner Says
December 19, 2021
A nuclear power plant, operated by Electricite de France SA (EDF), in
European Union will likely include gas and nuclear power as
sustainable green-energy investments in its proposed list to be
unveiled in mid-January, a key commissioner said.
Gas is not an “ideal” energy source but better than coal, the EU’s
internal market chief Thierry Breton said in an interview published by
Die Welt over the weekend. “If you don’t want nuclear power, you have
to be pragmatic and not afford ideological doggedness.”
“Atomic energy and natural gas will help us meet our climate
goals,” Breton said. “That is why we in the Commission are counting on
presenting a taxonomy that includes nuclear power and natural gas.”
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The EU is still debating its so-called “taxonomy” list laying out
sustainable energy investments as the bloc pushes to meet its carbon
ambitions by 2050. At a summit this week, EU leaders were divided on
including gas and nuclear in the list, especially as countries face
record-high energy costs.
week, Breton also accused U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo of
lobbying on behalf of Big Tech companies after she criticized the EU’s
new tech rules as disproportionately affecting American companies.
“This is not something that we do against anybody,” Breton told the
Financial Times. “We do it for our European fellow citizens and our
companies. This is our duty.”
Breton said he has the phone numbers of all the major U.S.-based tech
firms and they can call him to express their concerns: “We could
discuss,” he said. “So we don’t need any extra lobbying.”
Breton spoke just days after he told the European Parliament that the
joint U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council “was not particularly
fruitful” at this stage in regulating Big Tech firms.
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