The Brussels Report Podcast Episode 12 – discusssing EU energy policy with Professor Samuel Furfari

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Professor Em. Samuel Furfari is a Chemical Engineer, having taught energy geopolitics and energy politics at Brussels ULB University (Université Libre de Bruxelles), between 2003 and 2021, where he also obtained his phD, with a thesis in the field of energy.

Between 1982 and 2018, he was a senior official at the Energy Directorate-General of the European Commission, where he has devoted an entire career to energy technology and policy.

He has given lectures at various universities and is the author of ten books on energy and sustainable development, as well as many articles, including on Brussels Report.

Since 2019, he is the President of the European society of engineers and industrialists. He has been named “Knight of the Order of Merit” of the Republic of Poland.

In this this episode of the Brussels Report podcast, editor Pieter Cleppe discusses the following topics with him:

– Whether EU energy policies have contributed to increased energy prices

– Whether nuclear energy should be recognized as environmentally friendly, also in the light of the EU’s “taxonomy” regulation, which classifies economic activities as to how environmentally friendly they are

– The “ITER” research project on “nuclear fusion”

– Whether there are any grounds to consider Russian firm Gazprom to have engaged in potential abuse of its dominant market position in the EU

– What to make of the EU’s “Fit for 55” climate change plans and the role for renewables

– How long would it realistically take for countries to increase the role of nuclear, in particular through the development of the newest generation of nuclear reactors, as for example French President Macron has announced?