The European Commission has decided to temporarily consider nuclear and

The European Commission has decided to temporarily consider nuclear and gas energy “green”.

After more than a year of heated debate, the European Commission proposed that under certain conditions both nuclear and gas should be considered environmentally friendly. Not all EU member states and parliamentarians agree. There seems to be a heated argument brewing in the EU over what exactly counts as “green investment”.

Source: geralt/

Source: geralt/

“Taking into account the recommendations of scientists and current technological advances, the Commission believes that private investments in the gas and nuclear industries are permissible in the process of transition to green technologies.”announced the European Commission.

The EU is aiming to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a target studies around the world must meet to prevent the worst effects of climate change. By 2030, the EU wants to reduce emissions by more than half compared to 1990 levels.

To meet these goals, the bloc needs to switch power to “zero-carbon” technologies, but the EU has yet to decide how many sources such as solar and wind can be used, and how many – nuclear and gas. Countries agree on the need to move away from using energy sources such as coal.

According to the new rules of the European Commission, some nuclear and gas projects are allowed to be recognized as acceptable during the “transitional period”, they will help to finally replace the unconditionally “dirty” energy sources. In particular, permits will be issued for the construction of new gas projects until 2030. New nuclear projects must receive building permits by 2045.

Aside from nuclear and gaseous energy sources providing good backup for grids fed by unstable solar and wind farms, technological advances may allow them to adapt to environmental demands and tighter safety standards. For example, new modular mini-reactors are being developed that require less fuel than existing options. Companies using traditional fuels are applying new technologies to combat emissions and air pollution, but it is not yet known how effective and costly such technologies will be.

Source: distelAPPArath/

Source: distelAPPArath/

The main contradictions relate to nuclear energy. France on the one hand, 70% of whose electricity is generated in nuclear power plants, and Germany and Austria on the other hand, cannot agree on a common position on this issue. If French energy engineers want to build more nuclear power plants in the future, then Germany, for example, wants to shut down all of its nuclear power plants by the end of this year, and Austria, which also opposes the development of nuclear power, has promised to fight back against the new regulations in the legal area.

The new rules will apply from 2023 unless a sufficient number of EU members or MPs block them. In particular, around 250 local parliamentarians have already spoken out against it, and at least 353 votes are needed to block them.



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