Germany will take urgent measures to secure its energy supply in the face of recent reductions in Russian gas shipments, which will mean resorting more to coal, the government said this Sunday (06.19.2022).
This is how Berlin reacted to the announcements this week by the Russian giant Gazprom about reducing gas deliveries through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, in the context of the war in Ukraine and the energy pulse between Western countries and Moscow.
“Less gas has to be used to produce electricity. Instead, coal-fired power plants should be used more,” the economy ministry said in a statement.
This move is a 180-degree turn for the German coalition government, which includes environmentalists and has promised to abandon coal use by 2030.
“It is bitter, but it is essential to reduce gas consumption,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck, an environmentalist, said in a statement.
“The security of supply is guaranteed” but “the situation is serious,” Habeck summed up. Gazprom cut its deliveries via the Nord Stream by 40% this week and later by 33%, citing a technical problem.