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MSCI ESG Issue Brief: Oil Thirst and Political Instability: Energy Security in Europe

The continuing Ukraine-Russia standoff has refocused attention to Europe's energy vulnerability.  Dependence on Russian supplied oil and gas, particularly in Eastern and Southern European countries have made responses to Russian aggression an increasingly difficult balancing act.  The conflict also reinforces concerns around energy security, particularly for countries sourcing significant portions of their energy needs from politically unstable countries.  By combining energy source data against political instability, energy reserves, consumption trends, and renewable energy investment targets, MSCI ESG Research has identified countries it believes are well positioned to weather sudden political disruptions to energy supply and those who may be more energy vulnerable.