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18 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tiemo Wölken (S&D), Dietmar Köster (S&D), Marianne Vind (S&D), Christel Schaldemose (S&D), Paul Tang (S&D), Niels Fuglsang (S&D), Andreas Schieder (S&D), Gabriele Bischoff (S&D), Pierre Larrouturou (S&D), Maria Arena (S&D), Sylvie Guillaume (S&D), Mohammed Chahim (S&D), Günther Sidl (S&D), Aurore Lalucq (S&D), Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), Eric Andrieu (S&D), Bettina Vollath (S&D), Nora Mebarek (S&D), Mounir Satouri (Verts/ALE), Marc Botenga (GUE/NGL), Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL), Henrike Hahn (Verts/ALE), Michael Bloss (Verts/ALE), Piernicola Pedicini (NI), Caroline Roose (Verts/ALE), Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL), Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL), Benoît Biteau (Verts/ALE), Pär Holmgren (Verts/ALE), Alice Kuhnke (Verts/ALE), Jakop G. Dalunde (Verts/ALE), Damien Carême (Verts/ALE), Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE), David Cormand (Verts/ALE), Rasmus Andresen (Verts/ALE), Niklas Nienaß (Verts/ALE), Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Verts/ALE), Ville Niinistö (Verts/ALE), Anna Cavazzini (Verts/ALE), François Alfonsi (Verts/ALE), Kira Marie Peter-Hansen (Verts/ALE), Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE), Yannick Jadot (Verts/ALE), Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE), Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE), Eleonora Evi (NI), Jutta Paulus (Verts/ALE), Karima Delli (Verts/ALE), Claude Gruffat (Verts/ALE), Daniel Freund (Verts/ALE), Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE), Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL), Damian Boeselager (Verts/ALE), Sven Giegold (Verts/ALE), Pascal Durand (Renew), Marie Toussaint (Verts/ALE)
 Subject: Green Deal compatibility criteria for Projects of Common Interest

In February, 2020 Parliament adopted the fourth list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans promised to make those future energy infrastructure projects ‘Green Deal compatible’. We would like to know what sustainability criteria the Commission will apply to ensure that only fossil gas free projects will receive support. Specifically, we ask:

In the cost-benefit analysis for projects, will the Commission apply the EIB’s carbon footprint methodology which requires the inclusion of direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1 to 3, with scope 3 referring to end use emissions caused by fossil gas combustion)?

Will the Commission publish the ranking of the projects selected? This implies the application of:

a transparent process for the selection of projects by, inter alia, making data on the cost-benefit analysis of projects publicly available;

a baseline including absolute emissions;

a carbon shadow price in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Will the Commission apply the energy efficiency first principle, request a thorough infrastructure needs assessment to promote the efficient use of existing infrastructure, and take into account energy demand reduction through the implementation of EU legislation?

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