Methane emissions crucial in EU’s green deal, says MEP

Reducing methane emissions is “a crucial piece of the puzzle” that must be tackled in the European Green Deal to be unveiled on Wednesday, Renew Europe MEP Chris Davies has said.

As the European Commission prepares to present a package to decarbonise the EU economy at a special session of the European Parliament on 11 December, Davies, who chairs the Fisheries Committee, warned energy commissioner Kadri Simson that the EU executive’s climate credentials “will be questioned if no strategic plan for methane is proposed by the end of the year as the governance regulation foresees”.

His letter adds: “As a major consumer of natural gas and with the gas framework up for reform, the EU has the power and duty of tackling emissions across the European gas supply chain,” not only domestically but also in supplier countries.

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