Biomass drives wedge in EU Parliament over renewables permitting rules

(EurActiv, 13 Dec 2022) A cross-party agreement over a new EU regulation to boost the deployment of renewable energies risks falling apart because of disagreements over biomass ahead of a plenary vote scheduled for Wednesday (14 December).

Members of the European Parliament will vote Wednesday on a new law to accelerate the permitting process for new renewable energy power plants.

The proposal was tabled in May this year as part of a package called REPowerEU, aimed at reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels in response to the war in Ukraine.

Before the vote, a cross-party consensus had been reached among the Parliament’s main political groups to preserve the compromise amendments adopted last November during a vote in the committee on industry, research and energy. 

Among those who backed that compromise were the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the centrist Renew Europe, the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Greens.

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EurActiv, 13 Dec 2022: Biomass drives wedge in EU Parliament over renewables permitting rules