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    Russia pressured EU to treat gas and nuclear as green energies

    May 18, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras


      The environmental organization Greenpeace has accused Russian energy companies close to the Kremlin, such as Gazprom, Lukoil and Rosatom, of having pressured Brussels to have the European Commission classify nuclear power and gas as sustainable investments.

      These energy companies have met at least 18 times with European Commission officials, usually through subsidiaries and lobbying firms, since the EU executive published an action plan in 2018 on the rules of the so-called taxonomy, according to a report Greenpeace sent to the Efe news agency.

      The taxonomy is a controversial system designed by the European Commission to distinguish sustainable from non-sustainable technologies when it comes to guiding future investments in the EU's green transition.

      After years of deliberation in various technical committees, the EU executive finally proposed in December 2021 that nuclear power plants with a construction permit before 2045 and gas plants that emit less than 270 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour by 2031 or less than 100 grams over their entire lifetime should be considered sustainable.

      This decision, which can still be rejected by the European Parliament if half of the plenary (353 MEPs) opposes it, has been strongly criticized by environmental platforms and some member states such as Denmark, Spain, Austria and Luxembourg, some of which have threatened to take the taxonomy to the EU Court of Justice.

      France leads the bloc that defends nuclear energy, which generates almost no CO2, but entails other problems such as safety or radioactive waste, with the support of countries like the Czech Republic, Hungary and Finland. Germany, on the other hand, does not want to consider nuclear power as a sustainable investment, but advocates the inclusion of gas.

      "Russian oil and gas companies have been subtly but significantly involved in 'pressuring' the fossil fuel industry to include gas in the taxonomy," said Greenpeace, which identifies some of the strategies used by these companies to strengthen their influence in Brussels.

      Gas company Gazprom, which on the EU transparency register does not declare membership in any group, has sought to secure this influence through subsidiaries that are members of industry organizations, such as the Gas Infrastructure Europe platform, GasNaturally, the French platform AFIEG28 or the Brussels Energy Club (BREC), according to the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO).

      The Russian nuclear company Rosneft, which Greenpeace calls "Putin's right-hand man on energy and nuclear weapons," has had "deep ties" for decades with the French electricity group EDF.

      And this is how it has sought to exert influence in Brussels, through this French company, but also through the Russian-Finnish Fennovoima and the World Nuclear Association, according to the investigation by Greenpeace's French department.

      Finally, the Lukoil oil company was a member of the advisory and business support group of the EU's BusinessEurope platform until the invasion of Ukraine and remains a member of the FuelsEurope organization, one of the two "major lobbies that have been working to include gas in the taxonomy," according to the NGO.

      "Gazprom, Rosatom and Lukoil have campaigned to have gas and nuclear energy labeled as sustainable by the EU, strengthening [Vladimir] Putin's geopolitical power and making the EU more dependent on Russian energy for decades to come," a Greenpeace official, Ariadna Rodrigo, said in a statement.

      The taxonomy is expected to be voted on in parliamentary committees in June and the text will be presented to the European Parliament in its entirety in July.


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