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EU Budget Commissioner Says He’ll Oppose Green Label for Nuclear and Gas

  • Hahn says plan would make green transition last over a century
  • Commission is due to adopt the taxonomy proposal this month
Johannes Hahn

Johannes Hahn

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

European Union Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said he will vote against including natural gas and nuclear projects in the bloc’s green rulebook as that would risk prolonging the energy transition.

By the end of the month, the European Commission is expected to adopt a draft that would grant certain gas and nuclear projects a green label during the transition, even after the proposal was slammed by a key group of experts. Hahn is concerned that approval deadlines for construction permits -- 2030 for gas and 2045 for nuclear -- could mean facilities are still in use for decades.