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The European Commission plans to reduce dependence on Russian gas

The European Commission plans to reduce dependence on Russian gas

In a proposal presented Tuesday afternoon, the European Commission stressed that Europe’s dependence on fossil energy from Russia should shrink rapidly in the short term and stop completely by 2030.

By increasing the pace of energy conversion and prioritizing other gas suppliers, the European Commission hopes to eliminate up to two-thirds of Russian gas currently imported into the EU as early as this year.

In her proposal states European Commission that imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) must increase. Such as gas imports in pipelines, but then from outside Russia. Commission representatives held discussions with the United States, Norway, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Egypt and others and concluded that the EU has the capacity to increase its LNG imports by 50 billion cubic meters per year and other gas imports by 10 billion. cubic meters per year. This corresponds to nearly 40 percent of Russia’s gas imports today.

To further reduce dependence, the European Commission wants member states to introduce redevelopment of the property to make it more energy efficient, lower the internal temperature but by one degree, speed up modern heat pump installations as well as solar cell installations, and more.

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Photo: Kenzo Tripuillard/AFP

“The faster we move to renewables and hydrogen, along with increased energy efficiency, the more we become truly independent and able to control our energy system,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a press release.

You’re going later this week Discussing the Commission’s proposal at an EU summit in Versailles outside Paris, in the hope of securing prior approval from the EU’s 27 heads of state and government to implement the plan.

When energy prices rise dramatically, they hit the most vulnerable hardest. The Commission is calling on European Union countries to take measures to protect them. Among other things, the commission notes that state aid rules are becoming more flexible and that states can adjust their energy taxes.

The authority notes that when prices are high, many energy companies make huge profits. A controversial proposal made by the Commission is for countries to take the extraordinary step of passing on some of these corporate profits to consumers. The Commission also reminds countries that they can use their increased revenues from emissions trading to protect the most vulnerable.

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