Germany Launches Gas Emergency Plan

Germany has launched an emergency plan in case fuel stops arriving from Russia.

German Vice-Chancellor, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck claimed there are no fuel shortages yet but a plan needs to be in place in order to be ready in the event of an escalation from Russia.

Habeck’s statement came after their government announced it will not pay for natural gas supplied by Russia in rubles after G7 countries had also said so.

“There have been a number of statements from Russia that if this [payment for energy in rubles] does not happen, then supplies will be cut off. To prepare for such a situation, I announced the first level of warning under the gas directive this morning,” said Habeck. 

Under the first phase of the German Emergency plan, a crisis team from the economics ministry, regulatory officials and the private sector will monitor imports and storage.

The Crisis Headquarters is analyzing and evaluating the situation with supplies so that, if necessary, additional measures can be taken to improve the security of supplies,” explained Habeck. 

Despite claiming to have stable gas supplies, the head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller reminded consumers and businesses to conserve energy and prepare for emergencies. 

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