The European Commission and the International Energy Agency are joining forces to help EU countries reduce their dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

By boosting investments in clean energy and energy efficiency, the project aims to mitigate the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the EU energy sector.

As part of this common effort, the Commission offers support to Member States to reduce their dependence on Russian fossil fuels through the Technical Assistance Instrument. 17 EU countries have already joined the project. This support is in line with the REPowerEU plan presented by the Commission on May 18, outlining how to phase out the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

Cooperation with the IEA will cover seven areas: supply and diversification of liquefied natural gas; production of biomethane; intensify international hydrogen trade; acceleration of the deployment of solar and heat pumps on the roofs; demand-side measures and energy efficiency; faster authorization of renewable projects; innovative hydrogen and renewable energy solutions for industry.

It will include workshops, meetings, analysis and data monitoring by the International Energy Agency.

the first workshop, May 24, focused on supporting the adoption of demand-side and energy efficiency measures. The workshop brought together representatives of the Member States participating in the project, the Commission, the IEA and industry stakeholders.

Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, said: “The sense of determination across Europe to rapidly move away from Russian fossil fuels is impressive and inspiring. Clean energy technologies offer the best solutions to address the energy affordability and security crises we are witnessing today while making progress in the fight against climate change. The IEA is very pleased to work with the European Commission and EU Member States to help them accelerate the transition to a more secure and sustainable energy future.”

Mario Nava, Director General of Structural Reform Support, said: “Achieving the objective of reducing our energy dependence on fossil fuels from third countries requires mobilizing all available means. Member States can count on the help of the Commission through the Technical Assistance Instrument and we are very happy to work with a competent partner such as the International Energy Agency to achieve this important objective. »

Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, Director-General for Energy, said: “The recently adopted REPowerEU plan brings actions and resources to shed the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuel imports as quickly as possible, by advancing our transition to clean energy and becoming more efficient in the way we consume energy, boosting our efforts for the European Green Deal. Backed by investments and reforms, we have a solid roadmap to follow. The commitment, solidarity and cooperation of Member States are crucial in the process.”