MEPs appeal to EC to keep gas in energy transition

Eighty MEPs on Wednesday appealed to the EC not to resign from natural gas as an interim fuel in the energy transition process.

In a letter initiated by Polish MEPs to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the politicians, representing 14 EU member states, voiced fears that the EC’s 2020 proposals concerning the classification of energy projects could eliminate natural gas as an interim fuel.

Later this month the EC is to publish a so-called delegated act regulating the technical details of its energy project classification conception. If enforced, the act could eliminate natural gas from the EU's energy grid during the transition period.

Former Polish PM and current MEP Jerzy Buzek, one of the letter’s initiators, told PAP that the appeal was supported above political divisions in the EP.

The MEPs pointed out that when quitting the coal-fuelled economy, each EU member should be permitted to pursue the decarbonisation path best suited to its conditions. They also wrote that natural gas was a key element in the process.

Poland and several other EU states want to continue using gas as a fuel during the transformation.