Playing my part: how to save money, reduce dependence on Russian energy, support Ukraine and help the planet – Event


Citizens are at the heart of European efforts to reduce demand for gas and oil in the face of the energy crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Everywhere in the European Union, citizens want to act. Using less energy is a concrete way for Europeans to reduce their energy bills, reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels, show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and support climate action.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), together with the European Commission, has produced an easy-to-use guide explaining simple steps citizens can take to save energy now. These actions build on the IEA’s recent 10-point plan to reduce the European Union’s dependence on Russian natural gas and the 10-point plan to reduce oil consumption. The new IEA guidance also identifies actions national and local governments can take to achieve even greater energy savings and support consumer action. Citizens and governments can achieve major positive impacts if we act decisively and together.

The IEA and the European Commission are working together to raise public awareness of the benefits of energy saving measures – and to do so in consultation with key stakeholders, including consumers, workers and leaders of national and local.

April 21 at 11:00 a.m. CESTIEA Executive Director Fatih Birol and Director General for Energy of the European Commission Ditte Juul Jorgensen will host a panel discussion on the initial version of the new IEA guide on how consumers can save energy. Attendees of the live-streamed event will include Claude TurmesMinister of Energy and Regional Planning of Luxembourg; patrick graichenState Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action; Marc Wattsexecutive director of C40 Cities; Monique Goyen, Director General of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation; and Sharan BurrowGeneral Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Based on discussions at the event and broader feedback from stakeholders in the coming weeks, the IEA and the European Commission will publish an improved set of key energy saving measures.

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