German companies, public bodies urged to cut heat this winter to save gas – National

German companies and public institutions should heat their offices to no more than 19 degrees Celsius this winter to reduce the country’s natural gas consumption, Germany’s economy minister said on Saturday.

Germany, the European Union’s largest economy, is trying to quickly wean itself off using natural gas from Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine. However, Germany consumes more Russian gas imports than many other EU countries. Russia has already halted gas exports to several EU nations, and officials fear Moscow will use gas exports as a political weapon to reduce sanctions on Russia — or even exports to Europe in winter, when demand is at its peak, altogether set .

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Economy Minister Robert Habeck said while the 27 EU countries have pledged to cut their gas consumption by 15% from August compared to the previous five-year average, Germany must cut its consumption by 20%.

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In addition, Habeck proposes banning the heating of non-commercial private pools; Switching off the heating in common areas of public buildings, e.g. B. foyers; and turning off lights on public billboards between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m

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