Center for German and European Studies

The war in Ukraine & The Energy Crisis: Can the RepowerEU plan help both?

Thursday, September 22, 2022
12 - 1:30pm Eastern Time (US)
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About the Event

Image of a business man in a suit balancing renewable energy with non-renewableThe Russian war in Ukraine has already caused significant harm to Ukrainians and continues to bring new tragedies daily and hourly. The full impact of this war is yet to be understood. However, it is clear that the 24th of February 2022, the day of the Russian invasion, marked a point of no return for the established political and economic order in Ukraine, in the European Union, and in the world. The energy sector is one of the central parts of this war. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, calls the current energy crisis a first truly global one in terms of its scale and complexity. Urgent action must be taken to stop the war, solve the energy crisis, and minimize climate change. This webinar will discuss how the war in Ukraine and the energy and climate crises are connected. We will explore the main causes, the actions taken, and those to be taken in the future. In May 2022, the European Commission adopted the RePowerEU plan to reduce dependency on Russian fossil fuels. We will discuss how effective this plan will be for helping to stop the war and solve the energy crisis, and what risks and opportunities it carries for the clean energy transition in Europe and globally.

About the Speaker

Headshot of Ganna Gladkykh smilingGanna Gladkykh is a Ukrainian currently working as a Clean Energy Transition Expert at the European Energy Research Alliance in Brussels. She holds an MSc in Applied Economics and System Dynamics and an interdisciplinary PhD in Economics and Environmental Sciences. For the last ten years, Ganna has been involved in Clean Energy Transition movement as an activist, researcher and policy analyst.