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Realpolitik beats path for gas in EU green deal

The European Commission’s ambition to increase 2030 CO2 reduction targets will be welcomed by the gas and nuclear industries, but support from member states will not come easy The European Commission’s ambition to increase 2030 CO2 reduction targets will be welcomed by the gas and nuclear industries, but support from member states will not come easy.
By Christian Ernhede 19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34890
Frans Timmermans with Ursula von der Leyen as the European Parliament confirm her as European Commission president late November. (PA)

The key issue: The European Commission unveiled its ‘green deal’ last week, with ambitious targets for emission reductions by 2030 along with a 2050 carbon-neutrality goal.

Interfax analysis: Coming discussions on raising the EU’s 2030 emission reduction targets, as proposed by the new European Commission’s ‘green deal’, are likely to be more challenging than the eye-catching yet distant 2050 carbon-neutrality goal. Gas and nuclear power are controversial options, but they will probably be essential for the transition in order to back-up intermittent supply from wind...