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EU Considers Easing Green Standards As It Weans Off Russian Fossil Fuels  

According to draft proposals obtained by the Financial Times, the European Union is set to ease environmental regulations to replace Russian fossil fuels with renewable energy and imported hydrogen power. 

The draft calls for the acceleration of wind and solar projects without the need for an environmental impact assessment across the EU’s 27 member states. 

“Lengthy and complex administrative procedures are a key barrier for investments in renewables and their related infrastructure,” according to the draft. Fast-track permitting in designated “go-to” areas without environmental impact assessment could “result in the occasional killing or disturbance of birds and other protected species,” it added.

EU countries continue to import Russian energy despite the US ban. Europe’s reliance on Russian imports has pushed lawmakers to propose a ban and find alternative sources. Hungary and Germany have voiced concerns regarding the possibility of

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