French MEPs mobilized on the inclusion of gas and nuclear in the green taxonomy
In a vote in committee on Tuesday (14 June), Green and left MEPs voted against the proposal to include gas and nuclear in the European green taxonomy. The right and the center are calling for mobilization in view of the final vote on July 6 in the European Parliament.
By 76 votes to 62, the members of the environment (ENVI) and economic and monetary affairs (ECON) committees of the European Parliament adopted a resolution against the Supplementary Delegated Act (SDA) of the European Commission introducing specific activities related to nuclear and gas in the green taxonomy.
A strong signal before the final and decisive vote on the text in plenary in the European Parliament on 6 July.
MEPs recognize the role of nuclear and gas in ensuring a stable transitional energy supply. On the other hand, they consider that “the technical examination standards proposed by the Commission […] do not meet the criteria for environmentally sustainable economic activities (Article 3 of the Regulation)”announces the European Parliament in its Press release.
French MEPs in battle order
On the French side, MEPs voted in order of battle. Centrists from Renew, MEPs from the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Identity and Democracy (ID) group voted for the proposed delegated act, while the Greens, Social Democrats (S&D) and MEPs from left (GUE) overwhelmingly voted against.
In the end, the latter largely prevailed.
On Twitter, the leader of the French delegation of the Greens, Yannick Jadot, thus salutes “a victory for the climate”adding that renewable energies (EnR) are the “only energies of the future”.
Along the same lines, the vice-president of the Greens group and alternate member of the ENVI committee, Marie Toussaint, recalls that Europe has “need investment in massive expansion of renewable energy, not in the perpetuation of a dangerous and climate-killing energy system”.
Contacted by EURACTIV ahead of the vote, the MEP had already declared that stamping gas and nuclear investments green was “from the start an aberration”. The war in Ukraine having only done ” to reinforce “ this feeling.
The non-integration of gas into the green taxonomy in fact responds in part to the fears of the EU in relation to its dependence on Russian gas.
Asked by EURACTIV about the crisis opportunity caused by the conflict in Ukraine, Neil Makaroff, Europe manager for the association Réseau Action Climat-France, replied that the war made it possible to “revealing Europe’s vulnerabilities”. He adds, in this sense, that “Transition is the best ally for European sovereignty”.
Among GUE MEPs including the French Insoumis, this vote is also an opportunity to send a strong message against industrial lobbies and national policies. On Twitter, the co-president of the GUE group, Manon Aubry, welcomed a “new defeat for Macron who was responsible for this scandalous anti-ecological deal”.
Same story for S&D MEP and member of the ECON committee, Aurore Lalucq: “Renaissance (LREM) wanted to put gas and nuclear in the taxonomy. […] But it’s lost for them! ». On Twitter, she castigates a “ecology ‘neither right nor left’, which is a right without ecology”.
The right and the center upwind
Conversely, the centrists give “see you in July to drop this objection” according to the tweet of Renew MEP Christophe Gudler.
In the same vein, far-right MEP (ID) and member of the ENVI committee, Aurélia Beigneux, called for people to stay “vigilant”so that the delegated act can be voted on in plenary session.
In a press release, Les Républicains MEPs within the EPP group, Agnès Evren and Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé, also supported the proposed delegated act “to encourage private investment in sustainable growth”. According to Agnès Evren, he was “It is essential that nuclear power be seen for what it is: an essential energy to achieve our climate objectives! » she said on Twitter.
Also essential for France, since nuclear represents 50% of its electricity mix. Thus, the non-integration of nuclear power into the green taxonomy raises questions about the country’s ability to maintain its energy security. And this, insofar as the capital of EDFwhich manages and develops the park, is 16% owned by private shareholders.
[Édité par Frédéric Simon]