EU: We must take control of our own energy future

The union will have a large volume of renewable energy installed and at greater speed than previously, says EU Commission director general.
Photo: Marcus Emil Christensen
Photo: Marcus Emil Christensen

Arguments favoring a rapid energy transition are clearer, stronger and more urgent than ever before, so the EU’s priority is to build up and accelerate alternatives to fossil energy – and such alternatives will largely entail technologies such as wind and solar power, says EU Commission Director General for Energy Ditte Juul Jørgensen at this year’s WindEurope conference held in Bilbao, Spain.

”The EU must take control of our own energy future and must never again allow a third-party country to destabilize our energy markets or influence our energy selection. War, the energy crisis and Covid-19, which we have gone through, underlines our climate and energy priorities,” Jørgensen says.

To reduce dependency on Russian imports, the EU means to scale continental energy production to remain robust against price volatility of fossil fuels.

”We must invest more and faster in cheaper and cleaning energy sources closer to our home. For a more resilient, renewable and less expensive energy sector, adding renewable energy in Europe is an absolute key area,” Jørgensen says.

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