German envoy to boost energy security and climate during visit to US as Europe weighs Russian gas dependence

The German Vice Chancellor is traveling to Washington for talks with US officials which will focus on energy security and the need to increase renewable energy supply in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Germany gets much of its energy from Russia in the form of coal, BRN00 oil,
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The invasion of Ukraine last week was strongly condemned by Berlin, which joined other Western nations in imposing sanctions on Russia and halted the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

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Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeckwho is also Germany’s economy and climate minister, said on Monday that a greater emphasis on energy independence could help efforts to curb emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases that are emitted by the combustion of fossil fuels.

“The only forms of energy that don’t belong to anyone, where no one can say ‘it’s all mine and I’m going to blackmail you’, are wind and solar energy,” he told reporters.

“What we were discussing six months ago in terms of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, we are now discussing in terms of energy security and sovereignty,” said Habeck, who is due to meet with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. , White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and climate envoy John Kerry on his two-day trip.

At an extraordinary session of parliament on Sunday, Germany’s finance minister said the government would put more emphasis on energy security in the coming years in light of the war in Ukraine.

“Renewable energies free us from dependency,” said Christian Lindner. “That’s why renewable energy is an energy of freedom.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday when releasing a new report from the world body’s climate science panel that “current events show all too clearly, our Continued reliance on fossil fuels makes the global economy and energy security vulnerable to geopolitical shocks and crises.” .”

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“Instead of slowing down the decarbonization of the global economy, now is the time to accelerate the energy transition to a renewable energy future,” he said.

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