Winter is here. In response to spiking energy prices, Europe is apparently facing an “energy freakout”. Most EU Member States have already implemented a set of emergency policies to protect households from higher energy prices, including subsidies and tax cuts. The EU estimates that 3.4 billion euros has already been spent in this way, to cushion consumers from price shocks. Nevertheless, EU ministers are clearly concerned about energy as Europe heads into winter.
In the video at the top of this post, we put some of your comments on this topic to Anna Martin, Energy Policy Officer at BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation, and Adel El Gammal, Secretary General, EERA – Clean Energy Transition, and Invited Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles on Geopolitics of Energy.
First, they responded to a question from Zita, who wanted to know if higher energy prices will impact the European Union’s Green Deal. Next, Anna Martin responded to a comment from Roberta, who wonders how Europe might convince landlords to invest in solar panels on rental properties. Finally, Adel El Gammel reacted to a comment from Samo, who wonders what happens if China decides not to export the rare metals required in production of solar panels. Watch the video above to see the responses!
How can Europe respond to surging energy prices? Will higher energy prices impact the European Union’s Green Deal? How can Europe convince landlords to invest in solar panels on rental properties? What happens if China decides not to export the rare metals required in production of solar panels? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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