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Gas shortage in Europe?

REPowerEU: Where does Europe stand in the energy crisis?

35 participants spoke on the topic of the energy crisis

The topic of the looming energy crisis was the focus of an online event organised by the Europe Direct North Rhine-Westphalia network in February. 35 participants discussed with experts.

Franca Pompey, Team Leader International Cooperations at the German Energy Agency (DENA), discussed with political scientist Siebo Janssen. Jochen Leyhe moderated the discussion in his tried and tested manner.

The REPowerEU programme of the European Commission, which aims to make Europe independent of fossil fuels and thus of Russian supplies, was discussed. Furthermore, this programme promotes the Green Deal in order to counter climate change.

The discussants noted that due to the Russian war of aggression and the resulting energy shortage, in the short term the development of new renewable energy production technologies has stalled as energy security is paramount.

However, both Siebo Janssen and Franca Pompey observed a change in thinking in large parts of the population towards renewable energies, so that in the medium and long term, with the approval of the population, corresponding projects could be implemented.