EU Mulls Labeling Nuclear, Natural Gas as 'Green' Under Pressure From France, Reports Say

© AP Photo / Joerg SarbachA worker inspects parts of the largest gas storage facility of Western Europe in Rehden, northern Germany
A worker inspects parts of the largest gas storage facility of Western Europe in Rehden, northern Germany - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.01.2022
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union mulls classifying nuclear power and natural gas as green as it prepares to roll out a labelling scheme to help the industry identify sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.
The decision was taken under pressure from France, which sources more than 70% of electricity from nuclear power plants, as well as gas-dependent eastern and southern EU members.
The European Commission's draft taxonomy text, seen by the newspaper, suggests awarding the green label to nuclear power as long as safe disposal of toxic waste is guaranteed. Only power plants built until 2045 will be considered as green.
Natural gas will be deemed a "transitional" energy source on condition that it eventually replaces a transitional fossil fuel and carbon emissions from using it are capped at 270 grams per kilowatt.
The new taxonomy was proposed in a bid to end the so-called greenwashing of new energy projects in the industry as the EU seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
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