EU Parliament approves adding nuclear, gas to green list

EU Parliament; Source: Mehr Demokratie; License: CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

July 6 (Renewables Now) - The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a motion to oppose the proposed time-limited labelling of certain nuclear energy and fossil gas activities as environmentally sustainable.

A press statement says that 278 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favour of the resolution, 328 were against and 33 abstained. An absolute majority had to be reached in order for the European Commission’s Taxonomy Delegated Act to be vetoed.

The proposal is still subject to clearance by the European Council and if no further objections are raised by July 11, 2022, the Taxonomy Delegated Act will enter into force and apply as of the start of next year.

In mid-June, the Parliament’s environment and economic committees voted to block the proposal, saying that the two technologies cannot be considered green as the proposed technical screening standards for their inclusion in the particular list do not respect the criteria set in existing EU regulations.

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