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Free markets, competition and a level playing field for all will remain the best way to tackle the energy challenges that lie ahead of us.
to energy security; on the policy framework for climate and energy in the period 2020-2030; and on a European energy security strategy. The recent concept of an Energy Union, deals with all of these themes together.
So what’s new, one might think?
Essentially not much. After approximately 50 years of using natural gas in ever greater quantities, we still are, and will be, largely dependent on gas to meet our energy needs and consequently to maintain our prosperity for some time to come. We are facing familiar challenges: managing energy security while curbing emissions that cause human-induced climate change and have an impact on local air quality. Although a lot has already been accomplished, we have only just begun the transition to a fully sustainable energy economy.
Since its foundation, Eurogas has been closely involved in the debates surrounding energy transition, particularly, of course, when it has an impact on the (future) position of gas in the energy mix. This involvement is based on a firm belief in the benefits of gas, both in economic and ecological terms and in free energy markets to create cost-efficient security of supply. In that respect, a lot still has to be done. But the concern for energy security and climate change should not distract us from the path we have been on since 1990. Free markets, competition and a level playing field for all will remain the best way to tackle the energy challenges that lie ahead of us.
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