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Slow approval of renewables projects puts climate goals at risk

Anca Gurzu of Cipher News writes on how slow permitting processes put climate goals at risk.

The C3 Take
  • After undergoing a regulatory review process that lasted eight years, a Dutch renewable energy developer had his permit denied because the government chose to make the land that the energy project would have been on into a protected area.
  • Inefficiency and bureaucracy in the environmental review process delay essential projects that are needed to reduce emissions.
  • If the world wants to meaningfully address climate change, then governments must make environmental permitting and review more efficient and transparent.

“A report last month from energy consulting firm eclareon has found that no EU country has effective policies in place that would ensure the necessary deployment of wind and solar farms. The most serious problems are linked to bureaucracy, the report says, ‘especially the high complexity, long duration and low transparency of administrative procedures.'”

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