'Gas industry firms are spending millions of euros influencing European policy makers to ensure that the continent continues to rely on fossil fuels for decades to come, according to a new report.
It claims that gas lobby groups have used their financial firepower to push the “myth” that gas is a clean fuel in order to win financial and political backing from the European Commission for costly and potentially useless pipelines and other infrastructure.
A group representing gas companies and set up by the Commission is mandated to recommend projects and then analyse their cost-effectiveness, which many of its members then build, the report from campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) said.
In the past two and a half years, gas industry representatives met with the two European commissioners in charge of climate and energy policy and their cabinets 460 times, according to CEO’s analysis of European transparency filings.'
Read more: Gas companies spend €104million lobbying to ensure Europe remains 'locked in' to fossil fuels for decades, report finds
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