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WASHINGTON (March 15, 2022)—World Resources Institute (WRI) will host a press call to frame the critical issues regarding Europe’s energy transition and global food security in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

The conflict has pulled into stark relief how geopolitical crises can disrupt the fossil-fuel based energy system and cause an acute crisis in the global food system. Before the invasion, the European energy transition had already emerged as a pressing political issue, dominating recent elections, shaping legislation, and driving voters’ decisions. The invasion has intensified the debate, and although it is too early for conclusive answers, it’s not too early to frame the key questions and issues that the world needs to examine.  

Join a press call with WRI experts on March 18 at 10:00 am EDT / 15:00 CET to discuss the energy, food and climate implications of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, and solutions for the welfare and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable.  

Experts will discuss how the conflict will affect energy, food security, and resilience in Europe and beyond. Key questions include: What solutions are available for governments that are taking steps to wean their countries off Russian oil and gas? How can leaders reshape our food systems and boost agricultural resilience? And how does the crisis in Ukraine intersect with the problems facing the world due to climate change? 

The call will feature WRI experts Stientje van Veldhoven (Vice President and Europe Regional Director), Jennifer Layke (Global Energy Director), Craig Hanson (VP of Food, Forests, Water & the Ocean) and Dan Lashof (Director of WRI US). Following brief remarks, we will provide ample time for questions from the media. 

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Press call with WRI experts on the energy, food and climate implications of the Ukraine crisis. 

March 18, 2022 at 10:00am ET / 15:00 CET 


  • Stientje van Veldhoven, Vice President and Regional Director for Europe; is based in WRI’s Europe Regional Office in The Hague  
  • Jennifer Layke, Global Director, Energy, WRI 
  • Craig Hanson, Vice President of Food, Forests, Water & the Ocean, WRI 
  • Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States 

Moderated by Alison Cinnamond, Communications and Media Manager at WRI  

Register here to join the press briefing. 

Please contact Alison Cinnamond ( with any questions.