Austria threatens to sue the EU over nuclear energy in a “cloak-and-dagger” operation.
Austria has threatened to sue the European Union once more over its green taxonomy rules, which now classify nuclear power as “sustainable.”
According to Austrian Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler, the country would have no choice but to sue the European Commission if it went ahead with its leaked plans to include nuclear energy in EU taxonomy rules on sustainable finance. The Commission argues that natural gas and nuclear power are key components in helping lower-income countries transition to cleaner power sources such as solar and offshore wind energy.
“It is necessary to acknowledge that the fossil gas and nuclear energy sectors can contribute to the decarbonisation of the Union’s economy,” the proposal states.
Natural gas and nuclear power, according to the Commission, are crucial in assisting low-income countries in making the transition to cleaner energy sources such as solar and offshore wind.
Ms Gewessler referred to the plans as a “shrouded and dagger” operation, accusing the green financing list of being “harmful to the environment and destroying our children’s future.”
“We will closely examine the current draft and have already ordered a legal opinion over nuclear energy in the taxonomy,” she said on Twitter.
“If these plans are carried out in this manner, we will file a lawsuit.”
Ms Gewessler previously told EURACTIV that if “the EU taxonomy includes nuclear energy, we are ready to challenge that in court,”
The EU taxonomy for sustainable activities is a classification system designed to identify which investments are environmentally sound.
This system was created in response to the European Green Deal, which went into effect in July 2020, and was designed to help prevent “greenwashing” among various investments.
According to Reuters, the proposal’s draft would classify nuclear power plant investments as green if they have a plan, funds, and a site for safely disposing of radioactive waste.
New nuclear plants must obtain construction permits before 2045 to be considered green.
The Commission would also impose restrictions on gas plants, such as limiting the amount of CO2 released per kilowatt-hour of energy produced.
For a long time, the decision to add nuclear power to this list was divisive, with a number of European countries vehemently opposing its classification as “green.”
France is the leader of a group of twelve countries that support nuclear power’s inclusion.
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