German companies and public institutions should not heat their offices above 19°C this winter to help reduce the country’s natural gas consumption, Germany’s economy minister said on Saturday.
Germany, the European Union’s largest economy, is rapidly trying to wean itself off Russian natural gas in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine. However, Germany uses more Russian gas imports than many other EU countries. Russia has already cut off gas exports to several EU countries, and officials fear Moscow could use gas exports as a political weapon to reduce sanctions on Russia — or even cut off exports to Russia altogether. Europe in winter, when demand is greatest. The highest.
Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that while the 27 EU countries have pledged to reduce their gas consumption by 15% from August compared to the previous five-year average, Germany must reduce its consumption by 20%.
Habeck also proposes banning the heating of private, non-commercial swimming pools; turn off the heating in common areas of public buildings, such as foyers; and turn off the lights of public notice boards between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.