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Two legislative proposals that could significantly influence the pace and direction of integrating green hydrogen into Europe’s energy system have been opened to public consultation.
Following the publication of the REPowerEU plan, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers has called for looser permitting and more domestic natural gas production through to 2050, while other fossil fuel lobby groups have kept quiet.
Boilers running purely on fossil fuels could face an EU ban by 2029 as part of measures to cut the bloc’s reliance on Russian imports, the European Commission has said in its plan to ramp up the bloc’s 2030 energy efficiency target.
The European Commission plans to cover the roofs of Europe’s homes, public and commercial buildings with solar panels as part of a rapid shift to renewables. But top officials say they have “no choice” but to seek alternative supplies of gas and oil in the short term.
An extensive lobbying apparatus set up by Russian energy companies – that appears largely intact – was mobilised to give gas and nuclear a green cachet under the EU taxonomy, the campaign group Greenpeace claims in a new report.
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