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EU’s Climate Chief Signals Natural Gas Will Be Included in Green Transition

  • Timmermans says exiting coal will require gas infrastructure
  • Some nations oppose inclusion of nuclear in EU taxonomy
Frans Timmermans
Frans TimmermansPhotographer: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

European Union climate chief Frans Timmermans gave the clearest signal yet that the bloc is considering a role for natural gas under its green rulebook for investments, setting up a clash with some national governments.

Timmermans said that an exit from coal for some member states, like Poland, would require an “intermediary stage” using natural gas. It would be subject to strict conditions, including pre-fitting pipelines so that they can carry hydrogen and de-carbonized gases after the transition from natural gas ends.