MEPs must back funds for gas to support decarbonisation, says industry ahead of vote

The gas industry has appealed to MEPs to back the European Commission’s list of cross-border infrastructure projects eligible for EU support when they vote in a plenary session of the European Parliament on Wednesday, while more than 100 lawmakers have signed a motion to reject the proposal.

Opponents of the list, proposed under the Trans-European Network-Energy (TEN-E) Regulation, say the inclusion of natural gas infrastructure makes it incompatible with the Paris climate agreement. Friends of the Earth climate justice coordinator Colin Roche called on MEPs to turn their ‘climate emergency’ declaration “into action and reject new fossil gas projects”.

Gas industry leaders, however, argue the projects are important for completing networks in the less developed parts of the EU. Eurogas secretary general James Watson said on Tuesday the gas infrastructure was “essential to enhance the security of supply and diversification of sources” and will carry hydrogen, biogas and biomethane necessary for cost efficient decarbonisation, Watson said.

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