European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, to include natural gas and nuclear in the bloc’s list of sustainable activities, backing a proposal from the EU’s executive arm that has been drawing fierce criticism from environment groups and now looks set to trigger legal challenges.
European lawmakers will decide on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, whether fossil gas and nuclear energies can be included in the EU’s list of sustainable activities, in a cliff−edge vote targeting climate change but heavily influenced by the war in Ukraine.
European Union countries reached a deal following hard−fought talks that dragged into early on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, to back stricter climate rules that would eliminate carbon emissions from new cars by 2035.
The plan will please the EU’s two most powerful nations: France is reliant on nuclear power, which raises concerns about its long-term impact on the environment, and Germany depends on gas, a a fossil fuel many consider a bridge to renewables.
European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal on Friday, December 11, 2020, to cut the bloc’s net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N. climate meeting this weekend.