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EU lays out plan to cut Russian gas imports by two thirds in 2022

The EU launched a new energy strategy to reduce the use of Russian gas imports just as the UK announced it would phase out such imports, and the US imposed a ban as well

Environment 8 March 2022

A worker walks under pipework in the yard at the Comprehensive Gas Treatment Unit No.3 of the Gazprom PJSC Chayandinskoye oil, gas and condensate field, a resource base for the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, in the Lensk district of the Sakha Republic, Russia, on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Amid record daily swings of as much as 40% in European gas prices, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a calculated intervention to cool the market last week by saying Gazprom can boost supplies to help ease shortages. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pipes at a gas treatment facility in Russia

Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The European Union has unveiled a plan to cut out two thirds of its Russian gas imports by the end of the year, in a major pivot to alternative gas sources and renewable energy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“It’s abundantly clear we are too dependent on Russia for our energy needs,” said Frans Timmermans at the European Commission in a press briefing on 8 March. “The answer to this concern for our [energy] security lies in renewable energy and diversification …