Environmental activist group Greenpeace to file lawsuit against EU over decision to label investments in gas and nuclear as green
Greenpeace has said that it plans to take the European Union to court after it was announced that investment in the gas and nuclear energy sector will be labeled as green by the EU.
According to a report in Reuters on Thursday, February 9, this comes after a formal review was requested by the organisation as it presented an argument that the “European Union had violated its own climate laws by labeling some gas and nuclear energy investments as green”.
The request was rejected by the European Commission to withdraw the law and Greenpeace then announced that the organisation will be filing a case at European Court for Justice in April.
It said that a lawsuit will be filed “on grounds including that the CO2 emissions limits for gas power plants are too loose for the EU to achieve its climate goals”.
Requests were also filed by other requesting the withdrawal of the law including groups including World Wildlife Fund, ClientEarth, Transport and Environment, and Friends of the Earth Germany.
As per Greenpeace, these groups are also thinking about taking their next step to counter this law. Meanwhile, the European Commission argues that investments in gas and nuclear energy will be labeled green with very strict conditions.
“The Commission will not amend the Complementary Delegated Act,” said a statement cited in the report by a Commission spokesperson.
The statement added, “the rules labelled gas and nuclear investments as green under strict conditions that will be reviewed every three years”.
“This aligns with our pathway to net zero, where gas and nuclear are recognised as important parts of the transition in several Member States,” the spokesperson said.
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