The European Commission has today proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. Europe has been facing increased energy prices for several months, but now uncertainty on supply is exacerbating the problem. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation. This can reduce EU demand for Russian gas by two thirds before the end of the year.
“Reducing Russian gas with 2/3, before the end of the year?”. What have you been smoking, Frans Timmermans? We remember Robert Habeck, standing hat-in-hand with dignitaries from Qatar, begging for gas. They made it clear that not a single molecule will be diverted before 2024.
[ec.europa.eu] – REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy