A latest report by MCC Brussels, a think tank claimed that the European countries are lacking adequate policies to tackle the energy challenges. It termed such policies as ‘unready and impotent’ to deal with the future power challenges that the citizens of Europe are likely to face this winter.
The report titled ‘Lights Out: Is the EU Failing on Energy Policy’ takes a dig at the European energy policies. The report examined the European Union policy and energy decision-making and found that it was more performative than effective. It said that the EU policy decisions have made things worse. It also added that there was need for tough choices on clean energy, green deals, and Europe’s dangerous reliance on China.
Professor Woudhuysen, author of the report, said, “From today’s belated political pushback against Net Zero to the disagreements between France and other member states on nuclear power, it’s time for an honest discussion of the EU’s failings in energy policy. The same goes for the EU’s historic reliance on Russian gas, plus its current resort to Liquefied Natural Gas from the shale fields of the US.”
He also said, “Disputes between Member States can no longer be waved away. The EU should publicly question all its major assumptions on energy- its austere and fruitless obsession with energy efficiency; the reliability or otherwise of renewables; the fact that ‘clean’ tech often means reliance on China or on child miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the charade of the EU Emissions Trading System.”
“For too long, energy research, development, innovation and productivity have taken a back seat to the demand that households and businesses tighten their energy belts. This cannot continue.”
Frank Furedi, Director of MCC Brussels, who commissioned the report, said: “Climate change is a real problem. But it is no good for the EU to try to return to the Old Normal, in which fears about climate completely occluded the need to keep the lights on. We have entered a harsh new world, and sooner or later, a harsh judgment will be made about the Commission’s energy policy. In a spirit of openness and the knowledge that energy demand will not go away, it should steer clear of climate alarmism and stick to fundamentals. The European Green Deal, the energy ‘transition’ – these honeyed, shimmering concepts have had to make way for the true grit of security of supply and affordability.”