Germany Looks Abroad to Ease Russian Gas Dependency

March 2022

German Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck is travelling to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on March 19-21 for talks concerning cooperation on energy, specifically hydrogen and liquid natural gas. The discussions come as Germany reassesses the amounts of natural gas and other energy sources it imports from Russia.

“The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has put the question of energy security at the center of the international conversation,” Habeck said in a statement prior to his trip. “More than ever, we have to push for a global transition to clean energy and, right now, diversify our sources of natural gas. On the one hand, in the short term and temporarily, we need more liquid natural gas and we want to import it via a terminal in Germany. On the other hand, we need to get going more quickly with transition from conventional natural gas to green hydrogen for the future. The best way to do this is in European and international concert.”

Earlier in the week, Habeck was in Norway for similar talks. Germany and Norway agreed to expand their cooperation on increasing the share of renewable energy sources and will conduct a study on the feasibility of a pipeline to bring hydrogen from Norway to Germany.

Model of an LNG terminal © LNG Wilhelmshaven