A few years ago, there was a project to improve the emissions as well as greenhouse gases by turning to gas,” he said. Denmark is at minus 30. “If we take for example of Denmark, which is seen as one of the leaders and I think the Danish national target for reduction of greenhouse gas is minus 70 percent by 2030. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Ex-Soviet bloc states urged to adopt modern technology, renewables
By Kostis Geropoulos
Energy & Russian Affairs Editor, New Europe
State Theater Kosice. Fifty kilometers away there is a geothermal source which could actually heat more than half of the city. The most abundant geothermal resource, not only in Slovakia but throughout the central Europe, is Kosice basin. “The gas is imported from Russia. So, economically there is added value, you wouldn’t have to send the money for the gas to Gazprom and Putin’s regime,” he said, stressing that investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy is also very important for energy security. “Now I think this is not about pushing, this is about incredible opportunity for Central and Eastern Europe. Some countries like Spain, for example, which is now heavily going into renewables, they are actually above the 1990 levels because they industrialized and increased their emissions post-1990 while the former Communist bloc the emissions generally fell.” So, Romania is already now at minus 55 from the 1990. In terms of the ambition, I’m sad to see Central European countries and especially Poland often backing away from higher ambitions where we actually have a good starting line,” Hojsik said. It was drilled in the 90s, it was never utilized,” Hojsik added. “I think that’s an opportunity that we have to use. Slovakia has very limited amounts of fossil resources. The Slovak MEP said that reducing his country’s reliance on gas and increasing investment into renewables would boost energy security for the Central European country. For that, renewables are the best. Slovakia, the government will you, ‘Oh, that’s too ambitious.’ Now, at the moment, Slovakia is at minus 42 because the base line is 1990 and we are so deep because we essentially got rid of old polluting industries from Communism. “It would provide us not only with environmental sound source for the heating but also strategically independence or lessen the dependence on the imports, not to mention the money would stay in the country. SLOVAKIA.COM
Central and Eastern European countries to boost energy security by increasing investment into renewables
BRATISLAVA – Countries in Central and Eastern Europe like Slovakia, which were part of the Soviet bloc, have an opportunity to leap into modern technologies and renewables and not get stuck in stranded investments into gas, a Slovak Member of the European Parliament, Martin Hojsik, told New Europe in an interview at the sidelines of the GLOBSEC forum on June 16. So, what we are saying is, ‘Although we would have to make less effort than Denmark, it’s still too much for us.’ And I think this is the wrong message. Oil is from Russia. “Slovakia is utilizing 100 percent Russian gas. Like a concrete example in Slovakia, Kosice is the capital of Slovakia has a central heating powered by coal. He explained that the green transition, especially for the countries of the Soviet bloc that had the massive decline of their heavy industries now represents an opportunity to leap into modern technologies, to leap into renewables and not get stuck in stranded investments into gas. So, for them, it is essentially an opportunity to really to kind of look at beyond fundamental changes, of course starting with energy efficiency and second renewables,” he said. Especially, if we don’t take it seriously, if we don’t utilize the opportunity, we will end up forever trapped, for a long-time trapped in the middle-income trap that we had and we are facing now,” the Slovak MEP said. follow on twitter @energyinsider Kosice, which is situated on the river Hornad at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary, is the largest city in eastern Slovakia. I think this is where not only vis-à-vis the risks of Russian supply and dependency on Russia but generally in terms of approaching strategical autonomy if things happen. I think we need to work more and look for ways how to really use this as opportunity for a just transition,” Hojsik opined. “What we see now is often the arguments coming from some Central and East European countries about, ‘Yes, we know we need to deal with climate but we are special, it’s very hard for us, we are highly industrialized so we have to be taken benevolently, so don’t push us too much,” said Hojsik, who is also a member of the ENVI Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.