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BRUSSELS, March 27 (Reuters) – Europe EU countries are divided over whether to allow nuclear power to contribute to renewable energy targets, a dispute that threatens to delay one of the EU’s key climate policies.
Negotiators of EU countries and the European parliament holds a final round of talks scheduled for Wednesday to set more ambitious EU targets for expanding renewable energy this decade.
The goals are central to Europe’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030 and Russia’s efforts to phase out fossil fuels. However, the negotiations turned into a dispute over whether or not the fuels produced using nuclear energy should be classified as renewable energy sources.
France “low-carbon hydrogen” – the term used to describe hydrogen produced from nuclear power – is leading a campaign to make it equal to hydrogen produced from renewable electricity.
Countries supporting France include Romania, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which want more recognition of the contribution of CO2-free nuclear power to climate goals.
Germany, Spain, Denmark, Portugal and Luxembourg are among the countries that oppose it. They say mixing nuclear with renewable targets will distract from Europe’s need to massively expand wind and solar power.
Countries doubled down on their current positions at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Friday, EU officials said – leaving some skeptical that Wednesday’s talks will succeed in finalizing the law.
EU ambassadors met again on Monday to try to block the talks.
Countries also have other parts of the law, including which whitehungry they have disagreements about whether their fuel can be considered as renewable energy.
One of the countries with the most nuclear energy in the world Francewith plans to build new reactors and upgrade its large existing fleet, has a particular stake in whether nuclear power is fit for purpose.
French Energy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher will convene a meeting of pro-nuclear ministers on Tuesday to discuss the issue.
Paris has been disappointed by other recent EU moves to favor nuclear over renewables.
Last week Europe Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “advanced nuclear” projects would only have access to some EU incentives to support green industries, while “strategic” technologies such as solar panels would be given full priority.
Reporting by Kate Abnett; Added by America Hernandez report; Edited by Benoit Van Overstraeten
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