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Parliamentary question - P-000457/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms McGuinness on behalf of the European Commission

Following the recommendations of the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) in 2020, the Commission has received and considered extensive feedback on the treatment of gas activities in the EU Taxonomy, including from the Member States Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, the Platform on Sustainable Finance, and input from a wide range of stakeholders including via the public consultation for the draft Climate Delegated Act (where the Commission proposal followed the TEG recommendation for gas activities).

The Commission has also engaged with and listened to the views of the Parliament, including in the technical meeting between Commissioner McGuinness and the Honourable Members of the ECON and ENVI committees on 19 January 2022.

The Commission analysed carefully all feedback received and, on this basis, adopted a Complementary Climate Delegated Act covering specific gas and nuclear activities on 9 March 2022[1].

The Commission concluded that energy generation from natural gas can, subject to strict conditions, play an important role in accelerating the transition from coal to cleaner energy.

The recognition of specific activities above the threshold of 100g CO2e/kWh, is subject to a sunset clause and a set of very strict cumulative criteria, including a) a direct emissions threshold, b) the requirement to replace a more polluting facility leading to a reduction of at least 55% of greenhouse gas emissions over the lifetime of the facility, and c) the obligation to fully switch to low-carbon gases by 2035.

The technical screening criteria were developed taking into account the analytical work and modelling underpinning the Fit for 55 Package[2]. This ensures consistency of the criteria with the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.

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