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Parliamentary question - E-006996/2020(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms McGuinness on behalf of the European Commission

Technology neutrality is a key principle of the Taxonomy Regulation[1], in particular Article 19, which sets the requirements that the technical screening criteria of the delegated acts must meet.

The technical screening criteria should be calibrated in such a way that no significant harm is done to any of the relevant environmental objectives and that any technology can be used to reach the thresholds, which are aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

The taxonomy fully recognises the contribution of biogas and biofuels to meeting the Union’s climate and energy objectives, building on the sustainability criteria for these energy sources in the recast Renewable Energy Directive[2].

The draft taxonomy delegated act, which was published for feedback from 20 November to 18 December 2020, goes beyond specific aspects of the directive, in order to meet the requirements in Article 19 of the Taxonomy Regulation.

The taxonomy also fully recognises the contribution of forestry activities to the Union’s climate goals. Five forestry activities are considered in the draft delegated act, in line with the March 2020 recommendations of the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance: afforestation, reforestation, forest restoration, improved forest management and forest conservation.

The Commission is now carefully assessing all feedback received, taking full consideration of the feedback provided by Members of the European Parliament, and will proceed towards the adoption of the delegated act to fulfil its mandate under the Taxonomy Regulation.

Last updated: 3 March 2021
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