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Heating up to a maximum of 19 degrees: What the EU Commission is planning for the fall



Will the heaters stay cold soon? The European has presented its emergency plan (symbolic image) – Copyright: picture alliance / Maximilian Schoenherr | Maximilian Schoenherr

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 provides 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.

“Anyone can save gas, now”

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.

Germany is one of the countries most threatened by gas shortages

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 countries most affected.

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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