Ambitious “Fit for 55” proposals would be tailwind for new German govt – Germanwatch
Clean Energy Wire
The NGO Germanwatch has called on the European Commission to present an ambitious second part of the “Fit for 55 package” of energy and climate legislation this week. “The Commission can now give the new German government decisive tailwind for faster progress on climate action,” said policy director Christoph Bals in a press release. The proposals to be published on 14 December would play a decisive role in achieving the climate targets in transport and industry, he added. The organisation calls for giving European rail transport a big boost and aligning the gas sector with climate targets, as an “efficient and green mobility package” and the revision of the third energy package for gas are among the announced proposals. “We need concrete emission reduction targets for the gas sector, a mandatory climate check for gas infrastructure planning and principles for the development of a targeted hydrogen infrastructure,” said energy transition policy advisor Andrea Wiesholzer.
The European Commission had published the first part of the Fit for 55 proposals in July. The package contains legislative drafts to overhaul the EU’s energy and climate policy in line with plans for its EU Green Deal sustainable growth policy programme.