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Can Europe keep the lights on without Russia?

Prospect editor, Alan Rusbridger, will chair a discussion about the impact the war in Ukraine is having on gas supplies, economic security and the fight against climate change.

Speakers include:

Vicky Pryce - a board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research and a former Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Her previous posts have included: Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting & Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. She has held senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector.

Andrew Simms - author, political economist and activist, is co-ordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance. He is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, and was Policy Director of NEF (the New Economics Foundation) for many years, where he co-authored and published the original Green New Deal.

Myles Allen - Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment and the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, and he is Director of the Oxford Net Zero initiative. He is credited by the BBC with first demonstrating, 15 years ago, the need for Net Zero carbon dioxide emissions to stop global warming.

Summary
With war raging in Ukraine, EU countries continue to send an estimated EUR 1 billion every day to Russia in payment for oil and gas imports. This money is funding Vladimir Putin’s war machine but so far the EU has failed to impose a total energy embargo.
According to a recent Goldman Sachs study, a complete ban on Russian gas imports to the European Union for the rest of 2022 would result in a 2.2 per cent slowdown in economic growth across the Eurozone and a 3.4 per cent drop in Germany.
Europe faces a choice: continue to pay Russia for energy which funds Putin’s brutal war and threatens EU security, or find alternative ways to keep energy supplies flowing without impacting their economies.
Monday 16 May 2022
5.45pm - 6.45pm, followed by a drinks reception
In person event (live-stream also available)
Tickets range from £0-£15
Prospect magazine, 2 Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9AA
Mon 16 May
Contact telephone: 07961446028 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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