We care because these talks can affect security of gas supplies to Europe; the Ukrainian economy; Ukraine’s domestic politics; and international relationships. According to the International Energy Agency, global gas demand will increase by more than 35% between now and 2035.
Gas is also one of the cleanest hydrocarbon fuels – and will play an important role as we work to minimise the impact of global climate change on economic growth and energy security.
The concept of discounted gas is important to understanding the debate about gas in Ukraine. There are two broad types. The first kind is gas which a country can persuade other countries to sell it at a discount, for whatever reason. The second type of discounted gas is that sold within a country when eg domestic consumers pay less than industrial users. This blog is about the first kind.