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New EU commission to balance climate ambition and energy security

The EU’s new director general for energy has reiterated gas’s key role in the energy transition and restated that green gases will be supported by the incoming European Commission The EU’s new director general for energy has reiterated gas’s key role in the energy transition and restated that green gases will be supported by the incoming European Commission.
By Anna Gumbau 5 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34555
The Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Commission. (PA)

The next European energy commissioner will need to reconcile the EU’s plans to upgrade its climate ambitions with concerns over security of supply and demands to help regions exposed to job losses as the bloc moves away from coal.

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee resumed business this week with an exchange of views with the EU’s new director general for energy, Ditte Juul Jorgensen, who replaced Dominique Ristori on 1 August.

The first hearing signalled divisions between MEPs who want