PRAGUE – The day before the EU Commission presented its ‘Fit for 55’ package proposals in Brussels, the Czech Republic’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ales Chmelar told New Europe on July 13 that the Czech Republic is looking to diversify its energy resources as the country strives to meet its climate goals.
“Certainly, energy independence or diversification is also part of the climate debate,” Chmelar said in an interview on the sidelines of the Prague European Summit. “Nevertheless, the current energy mixthe spokesperson said., the composition of our energy production is such that if we do not try even to use this kind of infrastructure be it pipelines but also coal plants and in the transition time to build for gas and make them appropriate for gas energy suppliesThe spread of COVID-19., we will most probably not be able to meet the targetsCOVID-19 vaccine tracker: tracing every dose o. As you know, one kilowatt of energy made of coal is roughly twice as demanding in terms of CO2 as gas which means that in the meantime to be realisticThe first vaccination appointments o, to be able to build capacities both of renewables but also nuclear energy in our case we need natural gas.”
Asked if the Czech Republic is dependent on Russian gas supplies, the Deputy Foreign Minister noted that most of the natural gas comes from Germany with sources that are both in Russia, but also Norway, and also potentially from liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the Baltic or the North Sea.