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According to draft proposals obtained by the Financial Times, the European Union is set to ease environmental regulations to replace Russian fossil fuels with renewable energy and imported hydrogen power.
The draft calls for the acceleration of wind and solar projects without the need for an environmental impact assessment across the EU’s 27 member states.
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
“Lengthy and complex administrative procedures are a key barrier for investments in renewables and their related infrastructure,” according to the draft. Fast-track permitting in designated “go-to” areas without environmental impact assessment could “result in the occasional killing or disturbance of birds and other protected species,” it added.
EU countries continue to import Russian energy despite the US ban. Europe’s reliance on Russian imports has pushed lawmakers to propose a ban and find alternative sources. Hungary and Germany have voiced concerns regarding the possibility of the new trade embargo policies because of their high reliance on Russian energy.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sped up the EU’s transition to renewable energy. The goal is to reduce emissions by at least half by 2030 and zero carbon emissions by 2050.
On Tuesday, Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission for the Green Deal, said imported hydrogen could substitute for natural gas used by Europe’s industrial countries, which mainly source natgas from Russia.
“It’s essential not just to reduce our carbon footprint, it’s essential to keep our economy competitive. We need a new energy source for difficult to abate sectors. And hydrogen is that energy source,” Timmermans said.
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