The EU is preparing for the emergency situation should Russia no longer supply Russian gas to Germany. Accordingly, there is an emergency plan for public buildings, offices and commercial buildings to reduce gas consumption. Private households are also encouraged to voluntarily consume less.
The EU is also preparing for the emergency that some companies have to be taken off the grid. This is important in order not to risk an uncontrolled failure. Because: the protected consumers, i.e. private consumers and vital infrastructure, must continue to be supplied in an emergency. However, most industries do not.
The EU has now drawn up an emergency plan for this. According to four criteria, the EU states are to distinguish which consumers are to be taken off the grid. This plan is due to be presented by Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Wednesday. The paper is already available to the “Handelsblatt”.
This affects companies in the fields of health, safety, environment and the production of food and refined products. In addition, the treatment of waste, water and certain aspects of chemical plants are considered safety relevant.
Cross-border supply chains could be disrupted for these important industries. Because: If there are problems in the field of medical technology, pharmaceutical industry, textile industry or chemical industry, this could have an impact on the products in the defense or health industry.
In addition, it must be considered which industries would suffer significant damage to the production facilities if they were cut off from the gas supply.
In view of the looming gas crisis, the economy and consumers could face significant energy-saving measures. A draft for an emergency plan by the European Commission stipulates that public buildings, offices and commercial buildings should be heated to a maximum of 19 degrees from autumn. “Acting now can reduce the effects of a sudden supply interruption by a third,” says the text, which is available to the German Press Agency. There is now a “considerable risk” that Russia will stop gas supplies to Europe this year.
Companies that can replace gas should reduce their consumption, they say. The aim is to protect industries that are particularly important for supply chains and competitiveness. Households are also encouraged to voluntarily consume less. “Anyone can save gas, now,” writes the commission.
Existing rules stipulate that households and hospitals, for example, would be prioritized in the event of a gas shortage. However, if electricity production is in jeopardy, countries could put the supply of gas-fired power plants for electricity supply through certain protected consumers, it said. The plan is subject to change and is expected to be officially unveiled next Wednesday (July 20).
According to the text, simulations by the regulatory authority ENTSO-G have shown that a delivery stop in July would mean that the gas storage facilities could not be sufficiently filled and that there could still be shortages in winter and next year. If there were a disruption in October or later, there would be fewer risks to winter demand. But then you would have less time to react. The implications for member states depend on how dependent they are on Russian gas, it said. Germany is one of the most affected countries.
According to the Commission, gas supplies from Russia have already been drastically reduced. Overall, the gas flows are now less than 30 percent of the average for 2016 to 2021, according to the draft. This has led to historically high energy prices and fueled inflation. There is no indication that the situation will improve. It’s more likely to get worse.
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