Europe should use its Putin-proofing energy plans to reinvigorate climate action

(Climate Home News, 30 May 2022) The ripples of Vladimir Putin’s aggression are travelling far beyond the borders of Ukraine. Impacts include high and volatile energy prices, disruption of supply chains, and worrying prospects for the world’s food supply.

Beyond these is the shock to international norms and institutions. Russia was chairing the UN Security Council – a body charged withmaintaining international peace and security even as its tanks began crushing international peace and security on the Ukrainian border.

Undermining the Russian war machine by eliminating fossil fuel imports is a central focus of governments opposed to the Putin regime. To build security against the Putins of this world on an ongoing basis, they also need to reinforce the legitimacy of the multilateral world order.

This includes restoring confidence and momentum in the UN climate negotiations, a process in which Putin’s Russia has invested nothing but cynicism. Success in the UN climate process, given the growing links between climate impacts and conflict, is essential for global security.

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Climate Home News, 30 May 2022: Europe should use its Putin-proofing energy plans to reinvigorate climate action