Gas industry lobbying hard against EU boiler phaseout, leaked emails suggest
(The Guardian, 7 Mar 2023) Liquid petroleum gas firms want a directive to favour biofuels and hydrogen, to which they could pivot.
Europe’s gas industry has embarked on an intensive lobbying operation to try to hinder the phaseout of gas boilers under forthcoming changes to EU legislation, leaked emails suggest.
Gas companies want to keep gas boilers in operation to protect their current market, and to enable them to adapt into what they see as potential new “green” gas markets, in biofuels and hydrogen, despite serious concerns over their viability.
Leaked emails, obtained by the investigative journalism outlet DeSmog as part of a project funded by Journalismfund.eu, and seen by the Guardian, show the industry attempting to introduce loopholes into the legislation that would allow the continued sale of boilers.
The emails, and information from the European parliament on lobbying meetings and conferences, indicate the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) industry has taken the lead on the lobbying effort.
The Guardian, 7 Mar 2023: Gas industry lobbying hard against EU boiler phaseout, leaked emails suggest