I have a feeling that we are running into a dream of what hydrogen can do for us in the energy sector. It is clear that hydrogen will play a major role in making heavy industry emission-free but we must be careful not to put too much faith in hydrogen solving our energy supply challenges. This is one of the issues I raised during the Environment Committee meeting today with Commissioner Timmermans.
How should we relate Russian gas to Finnish peat? During the last meeting with the Environment Committee, I reflected on the impact of morality on the decisions we make in our work.
”The truth is the following: Every cubic meter of Russian gas Every bottle of Russian oil Every load of Russian coal is dripping with blood. Innocent Ukrainian blood.” Here you will find my full speech in plenary.
How should we compare Russian gas to Finnish peat? During the last meeting with the Environment Committee, I was wondering about the impact of morality on the decisions we make in our work.
”Let this be Putin’s last wish!” This is how I ended my speech in the plenary today, addressing the Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. My thoughts are of course first and foremost with the Ukrainian people, but also with the Russian people, because they are not the ones who wanted war, but it is Putin’s wish.
The Commission needs to give concrete examples of how we can speed up the process of solving the energy problems we face. I would like to see a clear structure of how the Commission intends to take into account the problems of the different Member States, as this issue cannot be solved with an ’one size fits all’ plan.
Today I had the opportunity to present my version of the Renewable Energy Directive to the Environment Committee. My colleagues commented on my proposal and an interesting discussion has now started.
During the Environment Committee meeting, I put a question to Commission Vice-President Timmermans. It is important that we move to lower-carbon energy production, but our decisions should be based on facts and calculations rather than emotional opinions.
During the plenary debate on the outcome of the UN climate summit, I highlighted how we now need to work together to drive systemic change, as opposed to how each political group has so far chosen individual climate-related challenges to fit their priorities.
When working with legislation that affects the entire EU, definitions are very important. Lapland’s forest, which naturally consists of two forest species, cannot be defined in the same way as the planted eucalyptus forests in Portugal.