European Commission Suggests Reducing Gas Use Amid Threats of Russian Cuts

The European Commission has suggested in its new energy plan that European Union member states should cut gas use by 15 percent amid the threat of a Russian supply cut.

The proposed European Gas Demand Reduction Plan announced Wednesday seeks to safeguard the gas supply in the region by reducing gas use from August 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

According to the commission, the energy plan seeks to safeguard gas supply to households and essential products and services industries.

The new energy plan would allow the commission to declare a mandatory gas reduction for EU member states once a substantial risk of gas shortage or high gas demand is reached. It would also urge the EU to substitute gas with other fuels.

The commission said that almost half of the EU states had been affected by reduced deliveries as Russia has weaponized its gas exports.

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the EU should prepare for a possible total cut-off of Russian gas.

“Taking action now can reduce both the risk and the costs for Europe in the event of further or full disruption, strengthening European energy resilience,” the commission said.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU has proposed and adopted measures such as the REPowerEU Plan to end its dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

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