Wednesday 15th March 2023 | 17:30-19:00 CET 

Participation is free of charge. To participateyou must pre-register here. 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought about a push from EU member states, the European Commission, and the gas industry for the greenlighting of numerous new gas projects, but the EU already has substantially more than enough gas import capacity to support the continent’s needs.   

Aiming at disengaging EU from Russian dependence, the REPowerEU Plan encourages Member States to add several new LNG terminals and pipelines, opening up the possibility of using various chapters of the European budget to finance them and allowing for a derogation from the Do No Significant Harm principle.   

Proposed new gas infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the EU’s capacity for importing gas are incompatible with the European Climate Law’s requirement that gas usage be steeply reduced by 2030, and is dramatically at odds with the Net Zero by 2050 scenario. Yet the risk of an infrastructure construction boom and a gas lock in for decades in Europe is now real. 

During this meeting we will look at how Italy and Spain have set their energy strategies in the framework of the REPowerEU Plan. We will explore the environmental, social and economic impacts of new LNG terminals, and which alternatives should take priority instead.  


  • Elena Gerebizza, Researcher and Energy and infrastructure campaigner, ReCommon: REPowerEU and the relaunch of the gas agenda. The case of Italy.   
  • Josep Nualart Corpas, Researcher, Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG): Spain as a “Gas Hub”? Risks and grassroots alternatives.  
  • Julian Schwartzkopff, Senior expert energy and environment, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH): Environmental impacts of new LNG terminals. The case of Germany.  

Moderator of the meeting: Eva Pastorelli, CEE Bankwatch Network.  

This webinar is the third in a series that will continue over the coming months.   

Participation is free of charge. To participateyou must pre-register here. 

Participation is free of charge. To participate, you must pre-register here.  

English simultaneous translation will be provided.  

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