Commission today announced new subsidies for fossil fuels, with
nearly €200 million for gas projects, as part of a larger package of energy
investments for 2018.
This new pledge
takes the total financing for fossil fuel infrastructure under the EU's
flagship fund for energy infrastructure, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF),
to over €1.3 billion since 2014.
supports the EU’s Projects of Common Interest (PCI list), containing 77 gas projects, however this list, which is under revision, has today been contested by MEPs on the energy committee (ITRE).
Fossil Free campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“Gas is a dangerous fossil fuel which emits significant amounts of
greenhouse gases. These €200 million taxpayer subsidies for new gas
infrastructure are an outrage, and will shackle Europe to decades of fossil
fuel use and undermine Europe’s commitment to stay within 1.5 degrees of global
“The EU plans
to fund some seriously controversial projects, even creating a new fossil fuel
dependence in Cyprus and Malta which don’t currently use gas.
is a planetary emergency which urgently requires Europe to end fossil gas
subsidies and massively invest in renewable and energy efficiency programmes,
not waste taxpayers money on decades more of fossil fuel use.”
rewarded today will create gas demand where none exists presently - in Malta
and Cyprus. Significant funds also go to controversial projects that have seen
civil society opposition - like the Southern Gas Corridor, which has already
been associated with serious human rights violations in Azerbajan; the MidCat
pipeline between France and Spain facing growing protests on both side of the
Pyreneans; and the Krk LNG terminal, for environmentally destructive shale gas
imported from the US.
A recent Friends
of the Earth study has shown new gas infrastructure is incompatible with
the ambitious energy transition Europe needs to limit global warming.