Central Europe Must Use the Coal Crisis to Fuel the Green Energy Transition

Central Europe's energy independence is closer than ever

20 September 2022

Michał Zabłocki

Climate and Democracy Editor

With the cold winter at our doorsteps, we cannot allow populists to shackle the CEE to cheap Russian fossil fuels.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sanctions imposed over the warmongering of Putin’s regime, most energy resources — gas, oil, coal and even uranium for some of the nuclear power plants — come from the east, and its flow is coming to a halt.

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The crisis sparked by the Russian war could speed up the region’s energy transition and strengthen the CEE’s energy independence. Now, with the modern carbon-neutral technologies and European Union funding, energy sustainability and independence are closer than ever.

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Michał Zabłocki

Climate and Democracy Editor

Michal is Climate and Democracy Editor and former Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. He’s an active Freelance journalist, and climate activist as well as a communications and policy consultant, too. In the past, he was a foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency in Moscow, Prague and Bratislava, Newsroom Editor and a long-standing Staff Writer at PAP Foreign Desk, PAP English language newswire Market Insider and PAP Domestic Desk, where he covered climate and environment. He mainly focuses on politics, economy, climate and energy in Poland and Central Eastern Europe. He's also the author of a non-fiction book "To nie jest raj. Szkice o współczesnych Czechach" ("It's not paradise. Essays on contemporary Czechia"), published in 2019 in Poland and 2020 in Czech Republic.

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