Today, Members of the European Parliament voted to approve a list of priority energy projects, including 30 cross-border gas mega projects
Most MEPs voted in favour of the so-called fifth Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list, giving the 30 cross-border gas infrastructure projects faster permitting procedures and the opportunity to access EU public funds.
Eilidh Robb, Fossil Fuel Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe commented:
Today MEPs have voted to pour yet more public money into fossil fuel infrastructure that will lock households into a dirty energy system that people and planet simply cannot afford. Parliamentarians have failed to break the cycle of destruction and to speed-up the transition we desperately need away from fossil fuels and to warm homes and clean, secure, renewable energy.
Frida Kieninger, Director of EU Affairs at Food & Water Action Europe stated:
The dark times we live in show clearer than ever that Europe’s fossil fuel dependence brings harm, energy poverty and insecurity. The answer to this must not be creating more fossil gas dependence through 30 massive fossil gas pipelines and LNG projects worth €13 billion. The answer must be putting all possible support behind 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- Read more: FAQ on Rejecting the 5th PCI List