European energy security and transatlantic cooperation

Local employees work at the nearby Marta Pass, the highest point (2100m) of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Korce, Albania April 17, 2019. Picture taken April 17, 2019 REUTERS/Florion Goga

The transatlantic community has made significant progress leveraging global energy resources to increase energy security, thanks to improvements in renewable energy, energy efficiency, shale oil extraction, alternative source and route development, and infrastructure. However, European energy security remains a challenge, as malign actors use energy for geopolitical coercion, communities around the globe grapple with the realities of climate change, and geopolitical conflicts threaten the security of supply and access to sustainable resource development.

In their new issue brief, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Founding Chairman Richard L. Morningstar, Senior Fellow András Simonyi, Associate Director for European Energy Security Olga Khakova, and Senior Fellow Irina Markina examine the current energy security landscape in Europe and assess the state of transatlantic cooperation. They argue that transatlantic cooperation with a focus on energy security will be essential to addressing global challenges and should be prioritized by US and EU leadership, since energy security translates into national, political, and economic security on both sides of the Atlantic.