Russia’s response to sanctions may well be a good thing for Europe as the region begins to work towards improving its energy efficiency levels.
Europe saw a major dip in gas supplies (up to 45%) from Russia this month in response to sanctions. But, as this week’s article, Europe’s Energy Efficiency Plan May Reduce the Need for Russia’s Gas points out, the move by Russia may be exactly what Europe needs in order to meet higher energy efficiency levels. EU leaders are currently discussing whether to mandate energy efficiency improvements of 30% by 2030.
The region’s new energy efficiency plan may have the potential to significantly reduce the need for Russia’s gas imports, creating a situation where European countries will become more self sustainable. Not only will the region be forced to adopt ambitious energy efficiency initiatives to improve grid reliability and energy security but there will be a move towards harnessing local energy supplies to further develop the current energy mix.
This move away from uncertainty towards a greater energy independence, through demand side management programmes and renewable energy (and storage) development, will finally give the region the energy independence it needs.
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