THE CIVIL PUSH TO STOP TAP

3 July 2017

By Sara Stefanini | @SaraStefaninii | With thanks to Anca Gurzu, Kalina Oroschakoff and Marion Solletty

Originally published on POLITICO Pro Morning Energy and Environment.

A group of scientists, environmental groups, actors and artists are calling on the EU to withdraw its support for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), arguing it would “would destroy Europe’s climate targets.” In an open letter that will be published today, NGOs and nonprofit groups such as Counter Balance, Greenpeace and ClientEarth, along with author and activist Naomi Klein, Italian hip hop group 99 Posse and other artists, pointed out that plans for TAP were drawn up before the Paris climate agreement was reached in 2015. “Instead of rapidly reducing emissions as the Paris agreement demands, TAP would lock Europe into fossil fuels for decades.” The pipeline is meant to carry up to 10 billion cubic meters per year of gas from Azerbaijan to the EU by 2020, crossing Turkey, Greece, Albania and Italy. The open letter is addressed to Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission’s vice president for the energy union, Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, and Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The two banks are considering substantial loans for the pipeline.

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