Following the agreement by EU leaders to ban shipments of Russian oil, our next event on EU energy sanctions on Russia will look at Europe’s ability to meet both its deadlines for ending dependence on Russian fossil fuels, as well as its targets for emissions and renewables. The event will focus on the unprecedented opening that this moment offers to catalyse Europe’s transition to greater energy efficiency and the build-out of renewable technologies, but also the challenges to the green agenda posed by the unforeseen and abrupt decoupling from Russian energy sources.
The panel will address the following main questions: What solutions does the green transition offer and what are the risks as member states rush to secure alternative sources of fuel? How can a fuel imports embargo go along with enhanced efforts to accelerate Europe’s energy transition and how to avoid the dangers of falling back onto outdated and unsustainable technologies and lock-in effects of new projects and infrastructures? What EU level measures will be needed to help the most exposed member-states to make the transition, and how to incentivise companies and households to shift their consumption patterns?
This is the second event in the series “Fueling the War”, which brings together experts from fields as diverse as energy, climate and social justice, and leading thinkers and civil society from Ukraine, the EU and Russia to examine the complexities of the energy crisis. You can watch the recording of the first discussion, “Fueling the War: Why Energy Sanctions Matter and How to Make Them Effective” on Open Society Foundations’ website.