Ukraine crisis shows Europe must not turn its back on renewable energy

Renewable energy sources could reduce EU dependence on imported fossil fuels, often supplied from conflict-ridden countries

If we needed a reminder of how politics and energy are inextricably linked, the Ukraine crisis has done us all a timely service. The price and supply of gas is rapidly becoming a major Russian weapon against its neighbour, and by extension, its European supporters.

Nearly a third of all Europes natural gas comes from Russia, over half of which flows through Ukrainian pipelines. When Gazprom stopped pumping gas to Ukraine during past winter disputes, countries from Greece to Austria and Italy saw their supplies fall. Factories and schools were forced to shut down in those countries hardest hit.

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