But movement growing for
end to gas
A quarter of MEPs today voted in
favour of a resolution to reject the EU's proposed list of
priority energy infrastructure, including 55 fossil gas projects,
though this was insufficient to veto the list. 169 MEPs voted in favour of a
rejection of the 4th PCI list, 443 against, with 36 abstentions.
The vote in Strasbourg nevertheless
shows growing concern over the European Commission’s continued support for gas,
despite its plans for a zero carbon Europe, say green groups.
is going to poison our people. It's the antithesis of moving forward a #EUGreenDeal"
Hulk star @MarkRuffalo
>>Dump the #PCIList
and its 55 polluting gas projects. #NoRoomForGas
— Friends of the Earth (@foeeurope) February 5, 2020
Frida Kieninger from Food
& Water Europe said:
“A majority of MEPs today
failed to keep their promises on the climate emergency - as the planet burns
they are standing by and fanning the flames with yet more fossil fuels for the
EU. But the movement is growing to save Europe from being shackled to decades
more climate killing gas.
“The Greens, GUE, and a
number of Social Democrats deserve the credit today for standing up and
recognising that gas is a harmful fossil fuel that should not be supported by
Over 300,000 EU citizens signed
petitions and emailed MEPs expressing their concern about EU support for gas in
advance of the vote.
But most MEPs, particularly from the
European Peoples’ Party, together with many Social Democrat and Renew MEPs
refused to make use of the Parliament’s power to object to the European
Commission’s 4th Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list, enabling 55 fossil
fuel projects to become eligible for EU funding.
Despite accepting the list and its
support for new gas projects, the Renew group has written to the EU Energy
Commissioner Kadri Simson seeking a revision of this 4th PCI list. Vice
President Timmermans has promised that only projects consistent with
the Green Deal will receive funding.
Colin Roche, climate
justice coordinator for Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“This climate hypocrisy
has to end. Following unprecedented disasters like Australia’s wildfires,
history will look unkindly on those who today backed building more fossil fuel
pipelines and terminals. A European Green Deal is not possible with more fossil
fuels, and Europe needs to go fossil free fast.
“The Commission should now
clarify that gas projects are incompatible with the European Green Deal and
place a moratorium on funding of any of the gas projects with EU taxpayers’ money.”
The European Parliament has declared
emergency. TODAY is time for #EPlenary
to turn that into action. Vote to new fossil fuel projects for Europe#PCIList@RenewEurope @CiolosDacian @mortenhelveg @pcanfin @GrudlerCh @NilsTorvalds @Frederiqueries
— Friends of the Earth (@foeeurope) February 12, 2020
The EU Commission will next consider
which of the projects approved today will receive EU funding from the
Connecting Europe Facility. NGOs demand a full stop to all fossil fuel
subsidies. The European Commission had previously admitted that the list had
not undergone either a climate or sustainability assessment.
Ya’ara Peretz of Green
Course, an Israeli NGO fighting the EastMed pipeline, said:
“It’s sad and
disappointing to realize that many EU politicians are choosing the side of fossil
fuel companies, and are pushing expensive and wasteful fossil gas projects such
as the East Med pipeline.”
will vote on the new #PCIlist
. Listen to the voices of #Krk
island community & vote against a list that supports climate-wrecking
projects like #KrkLNG.
@foeeurope @gastivists pic.twitter.com/r0BO8vxJzd
— Zelena akcija (@Zelenaakcija) February 11, 2020
The PCI list process is laid out in
the TEN-E Regulation, which dates from 2013
and does not consider climate commitments such as the Paris Agreement, the EU’s
2030 decarbonisation targets and the European Green Deal. The TEN-E Regulation
does not require any climate impact assessment of PCI projects. The European
Commission has pledged to review the TEN-E legislation by the end of 2020.
However, any potential revision of the legislation will take place after the
selection process for the next fifth PCI list has begun.