EU forgets green agenda as coal and fuel oil consumption rises – Gazprom CEO

The EU’s environmental agenda has been “sent to the trash” as the consumption of coal, fuel oil and even firewood in the bloc has increased amid the energy crisis, the Russian CEO said on Wednesday. Gazprom, Alexei Miller.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – Aug 31, 2022) The EU’s environmental agenda has been ‘sent to the trash’ as ​​consumption of coal, fuel oil and even firewood in the bloc surged amid the energy crisis, said Russian Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. Wednesday.

“The EU’s environmental agenda, which we have heard so much about in recent years, has in fact simply been thrown away. We are observing how the consumption of coal and fuel oil is increasing in Europe and the strong demand of firewood. Everyone has decided to store firewood, and no one is thinking about the environmental agenda anymore. Everyone is thinking about how to get through the coming winter,” Miller said during the a meeting dedicated to employees of the oil and gas sector.

Since 2021, energy prices in Europe have been rising as part of a global post-COVID recovery trend.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and the adoption of several sanctions packages against Moscow by the West, fuel prices accelerated growth, prompting many European governments to resort to emergency measures.

As part of efforts to tackle the energy crisis and plans to phase out Russian gas, some EU countries, including Germany and France, are considering the restoration of coal-fired power plants mothballed for medical reasons. of climate protection. The measure has raised concerns among climate activists as it contradicts the European Green Deal, adopted in 2019, which aims to cut carbon emissions and build a resource-efficient and environmentally friendly economy.

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