Europe’s sustainable energy policy has been dramatically impacted by the Russian-Ukrainian war and its consequences on the European energy systems. The Russian gas import of many EUSDR countries is well above 60%, which makes this part of Europe even more exposed than the EU average.
Together with EUSDR and many international organizations, PA2 stands with Ukraine and strongly condemns the unprovoked Russian military aggression. PA2 is also closely following the energy related influences of this unwanted war. Rapid responses to the expected energy crisis are being formulated by IEA and EU’s new energy strategy REPowerEU, which aims to reduce by nearly two thirds the EU’s gas imports from Russia by the end of 2022, and to make Europe independent from all Russian fossil fuels well before 2030. These first documents mark out the main areas of intervention to pave the way for an accelerated clean energy transition and enhanced market resilience, nevertheless, details obviously need to be elaborated. EUSDR countries have great differences in their energy systems, national resources, infrastructures, economic development, etc. that determine their responses to these new challenges, which will be examined by PA2 in the coming months. You will be kept updated about our findings and recommendations in this field.