Is REPowerEU the right energy policy recipe to move away from Russian gas?

(EurActiv, 27 Jun 2022) The recipe for independence from Russian gas is the acceleration of the clean energy transition; its success depends on the use of the right ingredients, write Megan Anderson, Bram Claeys and Jan Rosenow.

Megan Anderson is an associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), an independent organisation promoting the transition to clean energy. Bram Claeys is senior advisor at RAP, and Jan Rosenow is principal and European programme director at RAP.

With its recent REPowerEU communication, the European Commission sets forth a laudable goal of ‘rapidly reducing our dependence on Russian fossil fuels by fast-forwarding the clean transition.’

The Commission rightly proposes a clean energy policy recipe as the most effective way to reduce gas import dependency. But does the recipe contain the right ingredients?

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are the right base

The main ingredients in a clean energy transition are energy efficiency, which reduces overall energy demand and increases system flexibility, and clean energy resources.

The REPowerEU proposals provide for both: The proposal increases the energy efficiency target in the Energy Efficiency Directive from 9% of EU energy consumption to 13% by 2030 compared to the reference scenario.

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