MEPs from two key European Parliament committees on Tuesday voted against plans to include gas and nuclear energy on the list of environmentally sustainable energy, the so-called “green taxonomy” of the EU, reports DPA and Agerpres.

European ParliamentPhoto: / Victor Cozmei

The European Parliament announced that the two committees – ENVI (Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) and ECON (Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs) – opposed the proposal for a “green taxonomy” by a joint vote of 76. of votes against, 62 for and four abstentions.

The European Commission has proposed that investments in gas and nuclear projects be labeled as sustainable, drawing criticism from environmental groups, the private sector and experts consulted in drafting the legislation.

These investment rules are aimed at guiding private investment so that the European Union can achieve its 2050 zero-emission greenhouse gas target by reforming the energy sector.

Although the proposal was accused of “greenwashing”, its proponents said it set strict conditions for investment.

The next key step for the proposed legislation will be when the European Parliament meets for the next session in July. If it is rejected by MEPs in plenary, the proposal will not enter into force, which means that the EU executive will have to withdraw or amend it.

“This is a first slap in the face to the attempt by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to declare gas and nuclear energy green at the back door,” said Green Blossian MEP Michael Bloss, who added that every euro available was needed for energy. solar and wind.

Markus Ferber, a spokesman for the European People’s Party’s European economic group, said that “there is simply no appetite in the market for a taxonomy of nuclear energy and gas”. He welcomed the result of the vote, saying it set a credible standard.

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