The crisis in Ukraine has revived the long-simmering question of Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, a country which has not hesitated to use energy dominance as leverage over its neighbors. Among the suggested policy remedies for Europe’s energy insecurity are the importation of American shale gas and improvements in energy efficiency and green technologies.
On May 6, the Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS) at Brookings hosted a Statesman’s Forum with Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard that offered a European perspective on how the Ukraine crisis demonstrates the need for a coherent European energy policy – one in which strategic investments in renewable energy and green technology must play a central role. All of this is particularly timely given the emergence of 2014 as a defining year in Europe's future climate and energy policy.
Lidegaard has been the foreign minister of Denmark since February 2014. Previously, he was the minister for climate, energy and buildings from 2011-2014 and prior to that he founded and directed the Danish climate think tank CONCITO. He has an extensive background in environmental policy and is a leading proponent of renewable energy.
Brookings Managing Director William Antholis introduced the foreign minister. A question and answer session moderated by IOS Director and Senior Fellow Bruce Jones followed Lidegaard’s remarks.
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