Germany, Belgium join battle over Taxonomy credibility as it goes to wire

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By Jon Hay
20 Apr 2021

Hectic negotiations and lobbying are going on at the European Commission about the Taxonomy of Sustainable Economic Activities, in the last day before it is due to publish the detailed rules. Key countries including Germany have changed their positions, GlobalCapital can reveal, while supporters of gas and nuclear power are digging in. Battlelines are now being drawn over the timing.

The Taxonomy has become more controversial in the last few months as countries have lobbied for climate-harming gas, bioenergy and forestry practices to be called sustainable, outraging those who believe the Taxonomy should be a firm protection against greenwashing.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg intervened in the debate late ...

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