Labor MEP and former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said that nuclear power and natural gas power can help achieve the goals of the Green Deal.
He emphasized that although gas and nuclear energy are not environmentally neutral, they offer smart ways to transition to environmentally neutral energy, reports Times of Malta.
At the European Parliament's vote on canceling the plan to recognize gas and nuclear as green, Sant voted against.
The European Commission Delegated Act on the Additional Climate Taxonomy added certain nuclear and gas activities to the EU taxonomy, which aims to direct private investment into activities necessary to achieve climate neutrality.
The inclusion of nuclear and natural gas, albeit on the condition that they contribute to climate neutrality, has drawn huge protests from environmental activists.
Sant also noted that gas and nuclear activities could prove crucial to saving the economy as governments struggle to meet their goals against global warming.
"Inclusion in the green taxonomy of the nuclear and gas industry covers this scenario in the most clear and transparent way," he said.
The article noted that if neither the European Parliament nor the European Council object to the proposal by July 11, 2022, the Taxonomy Law will enter into force on January 1, 2023.