Connecting Europe: with more gas pipelines?
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was set up to connect European transport, energy and digital networks, enable the free flow of energy and ease travel between countries in a sustainable way.
Yet the European Commission put forward plans to use the CEF to support fossil fuels in its next long-term budget after 2020, and on fossil gas in particular. Gas like all other fossil fuels emits carbon dioxide and other climate damaging substances.
Currently, more than 100 gas infrastructure projects are set to be eligible for CEF funding and might stay candidates after 2020. In addition, transport projects supporting the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is a climate polluting fossil fuel, would also receive your tax money.
Since 2014, CEF has already provided over 1.3 billion euros to fossil gas infrastructure projects including the Croatian Krk LNG terminal, the Southern Gas Corridor, the Midcat pipeline between Spain and France, and the EastMed pipeline. Building new gas infrastructure assumes we will keep using fossil fuels for many decades, which is not compatible with the zero emission pathways envisaged by the Paris Agreement.
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