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EU rewrites climate diplomacy deal to resolve nuclear sticking point

By Kate Abnett, BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) – European Union countries intend to push for a global phasing out of fossil fuels among their climate diplomacy priorities this year, which the bloc hopes to approve this week after rewriting a contentious section on nuclear energy………………………………………………………………

Diplomats from EU countries will attempt to finalise the text on Wednesday, which ministers must then approve formally.


The approval has been delayed, however, by disputes over the role of nuclear energy in the green transition.

Specifically, countries could not agree on whether EU diplomacy should promote low-carbon hydrogen – meaning hydrogen produced from nuclear electricity – or focus on hydrogen produced from renewable energy.

The issue has split EU member nations. France and other countries want more EU policies to promote the low-carbon energy source while Germany and Spain warn that this could hamper efforts to drive massive expansion in renewable energy.

The latest draft did not specify which type of hydrogen the EU would promote……………

The nuclear issues have already disrupted negotiations on EU renewable energy targets and some diplomats fear it could delay other laws needed to meet climate goals.


March 6, 2023 - Posted by | EUROPE, politics international

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