Simson: accelerate transition. Nuclear? Choice to the States
The Commission also reiterated the weight of the switch to renewable energy, considered one of the most incisive antidotes against new flare-ups in prices. The rise in prices cannot be attributed to environmental restrictions, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simons clarified. The problem, if anything, is that “we don’t have enough clean energy. We must accelerate the green transition, not slow it down ».
Simson also spoke on nuclear power, returned to the center of the debate with the clash between favorable member states and those who have opted for different energy mixes. The first front is headed by Emmanuel Macron’s France, determined to push the atom as a source of “green” energy and energy self-sufficiency for European economies.
«States – said Simson – can choose their own energy mix to achieve climate neutrality and on the basis of this commitment, some states have informed us that they will continue to use carbon-free sources, namely nuclear power. We are studying whether this will be in the taxonomy but we will always rely on the scientific bases that are provided to us ».
Gazprom? It fulfilled the contracts, but supplies under expectations
Simson, responding to reporters at the press conference, also spoke about Russia’s role in the crisis. Moscow is accused of having fueled the European impasse by reducing the supply of natural gas to Europe to encourage the green light to its Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Simson, adding, however, that the volumes of incoming gas have decreased compared to expectations.
The outcome was to “tighten the market as the heating season approaches,” he explained. “Although it has fulfilled its long-term contracts with its European counterparts, Gazprom has offered little or no extra capacity to ease the pressure. on the EU gas market ».