EU remains dependent on fossil fuels despite Paris Agreement

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 6.11.2017 08:23

The UN Climate Conference (COP23) is taking place from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany. The EU's stance on building new gas infrastructure, which will make it impossible to meet the global emissions reduction targets agreed on in Paris two years ago, is likely to be discussed. According to the UN Annual Report on emission limits released on 31 October, the states only covered a third of the required reduction.

In addition to the gas infrastructure, the primary lobbyists for which are large European companies operating in the gas market, there is also focus on exploration in the North Sea, namely concerning countries such as the United Kingdom and Norway. Although gas consumption in Europe is declining, demand for gas infrastructure is on the rise, mainly due to the diversification of gas supplies and a need to decrease the dependence on Russian gas. In addition to the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the construction of the so-called "southern gas transit corridor" from Azerbaijan via Turkey to eastern Europe continues, as does the EastMed Pipeline from Israel to southern Europe.

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