Germany will introduce tough gas saving measures

Germany will introduce tough gas saving measures

Germany to introduce tough gas saving measures

 

Berlin plans to increase its use of coal instead

The German economy minister said Sunday his country would limit the use of natural gas for electricity amid fears of a possible shortage caused by reduced supplies from Russia.

Minister Robert Habeck said that Germany will try to compensate for the restriction by increasing the burning of coal, which leads to more air pollution.

“It's unfortunate, but in this situation it is simply necessary to reduce gas consumption,” said Habek, who is a member of the Greens party.

Last week, the Russian gas company Gazprom announced a sharp reduction in gas supplies on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline for technical reasons, but Khabek suggested that this decision has political overtones.

Germany, which has long been heavily dependent on energy imports from Russia, began to significantly reduce imports due to the war in Ukraine.

However, the government insisted that Russian gas would be needed until alternative energy sources such as LNG, which is delivered by sea. In recent months, the German government has taken steps to fill gas storage facilities to 90 percent by November to provide enough gas for heating during the winter.

7 percent are able to compensate for the lack of gas from Russia through purchases from other countries. However, the minister called the situation “serious” and said that further measures may be needed.

The German government recently urged citizens to reduce their energy consumption due to the tight supply situation.

“Obviously, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's strategy is to unsettle us by raising prices and dividing us,” Khabek said. “We won’t let that happen.”