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Ditte Juul Jørgensen on E.U. energy and climate agenda

Ditte Juul Jørgensen joins Washington Post Live on Monday, Nov. 28. (Video: The Washington Post)

The European Union has long been a global leader in the fight against climate change, but the war in Ukraine has raised new questions about its immediate energy security needs and the pace of its transition from fossil fuels. Ditte Juul Jørgensen, the European Commission’s director-general for energy, joins The Post’s David Ignatius for a conversation about the future of Europe’s climate agenda and what was accomplished at the recent COP27 climate talks.

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“It will be a challenging winter. But I think we have done as much as we can in terms of preparing… The other thing that we’ve done and I think this is critical to underline and it aligns with the climate focus is of course to make sure these emergency measures are aligned with our green transition… I think a bigger challenge than these coming months, than this winter will actually be the winter ’23-’24 because we see the global energy markets, the global gas markets in particular, remain somewhat imbalanced.” – Ditte Juul Jørgensen (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We need the investments, we need to make sure the energy we use is as clean and as green as possible. We need to reduce our consumption and then we need to work with global partners to help others come and follow that pathway… to take the necessary measures and what we do in that regard is to develop partnerships with others… partnerships where we invest in some of the energy infrastructure, energy system changes that are necessary.” – Ditte Juul Jørgensen (Video: Washington Post Live)

Ditte Juul Jørgensen

Director-General for Energy, European Commission

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