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Croatia: Greenpeace declares NLG terminal in Krk “climate killer”

Greenpeace CEE activists held a peaceful protest at the LNG terminal in Krk on Monday, calling on the government to urgently give up fossil fuels and stop all investment in new gas and other fossil infrastructure. Approaching the rubber boats, they write “Climate Killer” on the side of the terminal, to warn that fossil gas is contributing greatly to the climate crisis.

According to Croatia’s Greenpeace, the protest took place near the recently opened LNG terminal, a facility that cost 233.6m euros and was funded almost entirely by European and state funds. Instead of seeking a solution to the energy crisis in a large portion of renewable energy sources, the Croatian government plans to further expand its gas infrastructure and is seeking new EU funding for it, activists warn. Ahead of a meeting of European leaders to discuss rising gas and electricity prices in Brussels, Greenpeace stresses that fossil gas is not the answer and that dependence on fossil fuels is damaging the climate and the economy and households.

“In the midst of the energy crisis caused by the fossil fuel market turmoil, our government is still debating how to further increase its dependence on fossil gas and thus push us further towards a climate catastrophe. The fossil gas industry and oil is getting richer by increasing energy prices and deepening the climate crisis, and the bill is finally being paid by the citizens.The spending of public money on financing new gas, ie fossil infrastructure, must be stopped.All new investments must be focused in renewable sources, energy efficiency and energy conservation solutions “, said Petra Andrić, program manager at Greenpeace in Croatia.

Research confirms that the entire process of gas production, storage and transportation is often associated with uncontrolled methane leaks and that this has more damaging consequences than previously thought. “The fossil fuel industry assures us that fossil gas is a safe climate solution. This is a lie! Gas is fueling the climate crisis just like coal and oil. The fossil fuel industry promotes a false image and uses its propaganda to distract and mislead the public, with the clear aim of delaying a green and fair transition. We are here today to expose the industry that deserves the title of “climate killer”, said Joana Flisowska, head of Greenpeace’s European campaign against gas.

In response to the manipulative introduction of fossil gas as clean, safe and natural, Greenpeace and 20 other NGOs recently launched a petition of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), defending a new law banning the advertising of fossil fuels and sponsorships in the European Union. Banning the advertising of fossil fuels is a concrete action to accelerate the urgently needed energy transition.

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