Von der Leyen admitted that there is something specific to the European situation:
- If we look at the gas and the suppliers, while Gazprom has honoured its long-term contracts with us, it did not respond to higher demand as it did in previous years
- So Europe is today too reliant on gas, it is too dependent on gas imports
- As I said, we import 90% of the gas we use.
- The answer has to do with diversifying our suppliers, but also keeping the role of natural gas as transitional fuel and, crucially, with speeding up the transition to clean energy
- The European Green Deal is in the mid- and long-term a pillar of European energy sovereignty in the 21st century
Looking ahead to the climate summit at the end of the month, she added:
- The upcoming COP26 in Glasgow will be the moment for the whole world to speed up action
- Because the world is not yet on track to match our commitments under the Paris Agreement
- So much more needs to be done to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees over pre-industrial levels
- The European Union will bring to Glasgow the highest level of ambition
According to Gas Infrastructure Europe, the EU's gas storage sites are currently filled to just 75.7% of capacity compared with 95.2% a year ago.