Governments in Germany and the Netherlands are introducing new energy-saving solutions, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Citizens are urged to take a reduced number of showers. The lights illuminating monuments in Berlin will be switched off.
Similar decisions are made in other countries. Spain introduced limited use of air conditioners.
Some public pools lower their temperatures and city centers lose lights in the evening.
This is how energy should be saved and the reserves filled. This should help European cities ensure calm winter months.
Some German cities turned off hot water in offices. Somewhere they turn off the traffic lights outside of peak hours.
Germany is determined to maintain the unity of Europe
Germany is determined to maintain European solidarity during the cold months.
This was announced by the head of the German government, Olaf Scholz, RTL reported.
Today he gave an annual press conference, calling for EU unity.
According to him, the solidarity in the group is much greater than was expected. He also recognized the great responsibility that Germany bears as a leading economy.
He called on Europeans to go through the upcoming challenges united. Germany is ready to contribute to the prosperity of the EU.
Working on solutions to support users. He announced that anyone who needs the state in a difficult moment will be able to turn to it.
He expects Europe to maintain its unity.
The EU plan for gas savings is now in place
The European Union’s plan for gas savings in emergencies, aimed at preparing for a possible stoppage of supplies of Russian blue fuel, comes into force on August 9, after being published in the EU’s official journal yesterday.
According to the plan, each member state of the Community must voluntarily “make every effort” to reduce its gas consumption by 15 percent between August 1 and March 31 compared to its average consumption for the same period in the last five years.
According to data from the European Commission, to achieve this goal, the EU must save a total of 45 billion cubic meters of gas.
For Germany alone, the reduction in blue fuel consumption should be around 10 billion cubic meters.
After Moscow significantly reduced gas supplies to European countries in recent months, with this move Brussels is preparing for a possible complete stoppage of supplies to the EU.
The new contingency plan also foresees the possibility of triggering an EU-wide mechanism in the event of widespread gas shortages, introducing mandatory gas savings targets among countries.
For the mechanism to trigger mandatory consumption cuts, at least 65 percent of the total population of the European Union, or at least 15 of the member states, will have to give their approval.
Some countries, including Italy and Spain, have secured exemptions from such a measure and will have to save below 15 percent of gas.
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