Andris Piebalgs is a former Commissioner for Energy (Barroso I) and for Development (Barroso II), and currently with the prestigious Florence School of Regulation (European University Institute) in Fiesole, Italy. For what we were interested in this dialogue, it was  noteworthy that he is Chair of the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) Implementation Committee under UNEP.

Earlier this year Piebalgs co-authored Cost-effective decarbonisation study 2022a work constructed before the war in Ukraine, yet very agile in catching matters of costs in the energy transition. Keeping energy affordable, secure and competitive while aggressively pursuing decarbonisation will be challenging, but now, with the necessity of weaning off Russian hydrocarbons, truly imperative.

Raul Cazan