Ongoing talks on the possibility of EU purchases of Israelâs natural gas put into question the EUâs commitment to Palestinian rights under international law.
The EU has made a strong commitment towardsÂ energy transitionÂ to renewable sources and has developed anÂ ambitious strategyÂ to meet Paris Agreement climate change targets. At the same time the EU has spentÂ millionsÂ in the recent years on new gas infrastructure projects andÂ billions of eurosÂ more are expected for 104 new gas projects included in theÂ third list of Projects of Common InterestÂ (PCI) published by the Commission.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed of methane, which is 86 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas than CO2. With this massive investment, the EU is locking its dependence on fossil fuel for decades to come. As aÂ recent reportÂ has shown, the gas corporate lobby is entrenching Europeâs addiction to fossil fuels. In 2016 alone, âgas corporations and their lobby groups spent over âŹ100 million on influencing EU [energy] policy, with more than 1,000 lobbyists on their payroll. âŠ By comparison, public interest groups lobbying against new gas infrastructure managed to mobilize just 3% of industryâs spending.â
This not only puts into question the EUâs ability toÂ meet climate change targetsÂ but also give rise to seriousÂ human rights concernsÂ and the adverse social impact on communities where the pipelines are expected to cross.
Ongoing talks on the possibility of EU purchases of Israelâs natural gas put into question the EUâs commitment to Palestinian rights under international law. As this briefing by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) explains, by purchasing gas from Israel, whether directly or indirectly, the EU would become complicit in Israelâs illegal annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory, its illegal settlements and the war crime of pillage of Palestinian natural resources – all in contravention of the EUâs international commitments and legal obligations.
Via theÂ Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC).