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EU Commissioner Hahn to Oppose Green Label for Nuclear and Gas

Jan. 25, 2022, 3:41 PM

European Union Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said he will vote against including natural gas and nuclear projects in the bloc’s green rulebook as that would risk prolonging the energy transition.

By the end of the month, the European Commission is expected to adopt a draft that would grant certain gas and nuclear projects a green label during the transition, even after the proposal was slammed by a key group of experts. Hahn is concerned that approval deadlines for construction permits -- 2030 for gas and 2045 for nuclear -- could mean facilities are still in use for decades.

“If it ...