Financial TimesFinancial Times

EU warns against fossil fuel ‘backsliding’ as coal replaces Russian gas

By David Sheppard and Sam Fleming

20 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are planning to fire up coal plants after Russia cut gas flows. More countries are likely to follow. The EU's climate targets have become a casualty of the war.

The European Commission president has warned EU member states not to backtrack on their long-term drive to cut fossil fuel use, as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands said they would fire up coal plants after Russia moved to limit gas supplies.

Ursula von der Leyen said governments need to stay focused on “massive investment in renewables”.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content
Or

LoginForm.agreeToTerms