As Norway is preparing to increase its gas exports to Europe, the country's Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, on Wednesday called for increased investments in renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
"Norway stands by its commitments to supply gas to Europe. We supply as much as we can. We must be bigger on renewables and produce more energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar," Store said in a press conference here held jointly with his host, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
"I would much rather have energy from Norway than from Russia," Frederiksen said, recalling that Norway's gas pipelines to Europe are operating at full capacity.
"The whole security of (energy) supply in Europe, we believe, is very much a Danish-Norwegian responsibility," she said.
The European Commission presented a proposal on Tuesday to make the EU independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030.
With Norway already delivering natural gas to Europe at near-maximum capacity, Gahr Store said that his country aimed to increase liquified natural gas (LNG) deliveries by this summer.