Energy diplomacy for a stronger Europe and stronger planet

What an international energy strategy needs to deliver

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EU flag. Photo by Yuedongzi Chai on Unsplash.
10:00 9 May 2022 Zoom Webinar

On 18 May, the EU is expected to present its International Energy Strategy. It will come alongside its REPowerEU strategy, a plan developed in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The objective of this event is to set expectations over what energy diplomacy needs to look like in the aftermath of the Russian invasion for a stronger EU and a resilient multilateral community in the face of multiple crises.

9th May 2022, 10.00-11.30 CET (GMT+2)

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Energy realities had already been changing fundamentally before the current crisis, with clean energy quickly gaining ground in terms of availability, competitiveness and overall resilience to external shocks and crises, as we have seen during the years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the EU sees itself in a bid to turbocharge this development as “old”, fossil-based relationships have been ruptured, and to position itself globally as a clean energy powerhouse. This event will explore the following questions:

  1. How can the EU’s accelerated transition at home and its energy transition diplomacy alleviate the tightness of the gas markets and support partner countries on their way out of the ongoing energy crisis by boosting their transition from fossil to clean energy systems?
  2. How can the EU’s response to the crisis foster stronger partnerships with key allies, drawing inspiration from South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Partnership? What can the EU learn from its global COVID response?
  3. What actions can the EU’s energy diplomacy strategy prioritize to shape a more resilient energy system in the EU and its neighbourhood? How can it align its REPowerEU vision and its external action?

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  • Louise van Schaik, Head of Unit, EU and Global Affairs, Clingendael
  • Silvia Piana, Head of Regulatory Affairs Africa, Asia and Australia, Enel Green Power
  • Thomas Nowak, Secretary General, EHPA
  • Carne Ross, Associate Director of Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security, E3G
  • Maria Pastukhova, Senior Policy Advisor, Energy Diplomacy, E3G


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