Five approaches municipalities can take to combat fossil fuel overdependency and soaring energy bills
Public and consumer bills are rocketing across Europe, putting intense pressure on workplaces and households and plunging many into energy poverty. At the same time, recent geopolitical events highlight the dangers of reliance on critical resources supplied by a single nation.
Altogether, Europe meets around 25% of its energy demands by importing Russian gas. In 2021 alone, the European Union imported 155 billion cubic meters of Russian gas, accounting for 45% of all its gas imports. Now that boycotts have been called across the continent, energy prices are soaring.
Clearly, the region requires an energy revolution. Municipalities can lead the charge with an integrated approach that incorporates the following five approaches.