Europe could reduce its imports of Russian natural gas by more than a third within a year by implementing a ten-point plan.

In a media webinar, joined by the ELN, the International Energy Agency outlined measures that could help countries significantly reduce natural gas imports from Russia within a year .

Key actions recommended in IEA’s 10-point plan include not signing new gas contracts
with Russia, maximizing gas supplies from other sources and accelerating the deployment of solar and wind power.

It also urges governments and energy companies to make the most of existing energy sources, including nuclear and renewables.

Energy efficiency measures in homes and businesses could also help countries reduce their dependence on Russian gas.

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the AIE, said: “No one has any illusions anymore. Russia’s use of its natural gas resources as an economic and political weapon shows that Europe must act quickly to be prepared for considerable uncertainty regarding Russian gas supplies next winter.

Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, said: “The war in Ukraine has highlighted our dependence on Russian gas supplies and its risks.

“We must set ourselves the priority objective of significantly reducing our independence from Russian gas. Gas storage is an important part of the IEA’s plan. If current trends continue, the level of storage in Europe in April will be much lower than in previous years.

“And we need to immediately start securing a large gas storage for next winter. So bring it to almost 90% and the European Commission will propose concrete measures in this regard next week.

Barbara Pompili, French Minister for Ecological Transition, said: “The Ukrainian network is no longer connected to the Russian network.

“We have asked European transmission system operators to speed up the technical work for the connection of the Ukrainian network to the European network and we hope that this can be done within 15 days.

“Ending our dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fossil fuels in general is essential.”

In 2021, the European Union imported 155 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia,
accounts for approximately 45% of European gas imports and nearly 40% of its total gas consumption.