How Europe Can Minimize ⅓ Of Its Oil Demand By 2030

On the time of Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, it usually provided one out of each 4 barrels of crude oil that the European Union imported. These imports contributed considerably to funding Putin’s navy aggression towards Ukraine. To chop this funding stream, the European Fee has agreed on a ban on imports earlier than the tip of the 12 months and a ban on EU ships transporting Russian oil. The UK has additionally introduced a ban on Russian oil imports to totally take impact by the tip of the 12 months.

Transport is chargeable for two-thirds of the EU’s oil demand. To make sure that the EU doesn’t merely shift oil purchases from one authoritative regime to a different, which is able to do nothing to enhance the EU’s vitality safety, the EU and member states ought to use this as a chance to wean transport of its fossil gasoline dependency altogether. This won’t solely enhance the EU’s vitality safety. Crucially, it should additionally put EU transport on a extra sustainable pathway to allow the EU to satisfy its local weather objectives.

This paper assesses how and to what extent the EU can cut back oil demand via brief, medium and long run measures. We quantify and construct upon the important thing transport suggestions included inside the EU’s REpowerEU technique — the brand new EU technique to spice up Europe’s vitality independence — printed in Might.

Wind generators in Europe, by Kyle Subject/CleanTechnica. Additionally see: “REpowerEU: Europe’s Probability To Say Bye To Fossil Fuels.”

With a raft of brief time period measures which might be achievable and simply implementable this 12 months similar to ending gasoline responsibility cuts, aerodynamic fittings on vans, decreasing enterprise air journey and discount in automobile use, we discover that oil demand may very well be decreased by 38.8 Mtoe. This discount is equal to half the EU’s Russian imports. Medium and long run measures taken now to cut back transport’s structural dependence on oil reduces demand by 111.5 Mtoe by 2030. Mixed, the measures can lower 34% of the EU’s oil demand by 2030.

Obtain the paper.

Initially printed on Transport & Atmosphere.

Associated story: No Extra Russian Oil: How Europe Might Minimize 35% Of Its Transport Oil Demand


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