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Dispute among Members of European Parliament over move to classify nuclear energy as ”green”

THERE ARE DISAGREEMENTS between Government party MEPs on whether or not
the EU should classify nuclear energy as green, as the European Parliament
prepares to vote on the issue next month.

The debate is being held after
the European Commission sought changes to regulations to classify both
nuclear power and gas as green energy until at least 2030. These
regulations, known as ‘taxonomy’, are a set of multiple standards to
help grow sustainable investment.

The idea behind taxonomy is to encourage
the financial sector to prioritise investing in eco-friendly and green
initiatives.

While MEPs within the European Parliament’s environment and
economy committee voted down the proposals to add gas and nuclear power
last week, a full vote is set to take place in Strasbourg in July. This has
lead to significant debate between MEPs within the European Parliament,
with some criticising the move by the Commission to add natural gas and
nuclear power to the deal. The debate has also split Government MEPs, with
some in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael backing the change to taxonomy rules
while the Green Party remain opposed to the Commission’s position. 

The Journal 25th June 2022 https://www.thejournal.ie/government-split-on-nuclear-power-5798800-Jun2022/

June 27, 2022 - Posted by | climate change, EUROPE, politics

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