Austria to challenge EU's 'greenwashing' nuclear, gas decision

Austria to challenge EU's 'greenwashing' nuclear, gas decision
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BERLIN (July 6): Austria will bring a legal complaint against the European Union's decision to classify gas and nuclear energy as green and sustainable transitional energy sources, its climate protection minister said.

"Especially with the war waging in Ukraine, we can't have a greenwashing programme for investment in nuclear power and fossil gas," Leonore Gewessler said in a statement. "Nuclear energy and natural gas do not contribute to climate protection."

Earlier on Tuesday, the European Parliament declined to block the European Commission's so-called energy taxonomy decision.

"As soon as this greenwashing programme comes into force, Austria will lodge its already-prepared complaint against it with the European Court," she said, adding that Austria would seek to recruit other member states as allies in its legal action.