According to the quoted source, Germany has intensified its efforts to reduce dependence on Russian energy supply since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February. Instead, Germany has so far said it expects to remain heavily dependent on Russian natural gas by 2024.
“If we have full storage facilities at the beginning of the year (next year), if two of the four floating liquefied natural gas tanks we rented are connected to the grid and if we save significant amounts of energy, we can exceed in some measure in the winter in the context in which the natural gas supplies from Russia are exhausted “, Robert declared for WirtschaftsWoche, News.ro transmits.
The official also said that the entire population can play a role in this scheme.
“Lower consumption is crucial,” Habeck said, adding that if industry and private individuals could reduce gas consumption by 10%, it would help avoid an emergency. He warned, however, that gas prices would continue to rise.
Germany is the largest consumer of natural gas in Europe. Last year, gas from Russia accounted for 55 percent of its imports, and Berlin is under heavy pressure to disrupt energy relations with Moscow, which critics say helps fund the war in Ukraine.
A sudden cessation of Russian gas supplies could trigger a recession in Germany, similar to those of 2009 and 2020, or even more dangerous, according to a study by the Institute for Macroeconomics (Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung-IMK) published this week.
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