The war waged by Russia on the territory of Ukraine, in addition to its humanitarian dimension, has also led to a huge world economic crisis. While Russia’s cut in the supply of natural gas to Europe created a great climate of panic in EU countries, the suggestion made to the citizens of Germany, the country that found itself in the most difficult situation, came as a surprise.
While military and civilian casualties have increased with the intense conflicts in the war between Russia and Ukraine, the eyes of the world are on the political and economic crises. While Russia is closing the valves on the energy it supplies to the world, especially Europe, in response to the sanctions imposed on it, Germany is one of the countries most affected by the situation.
Germany has been the biggest supporter of EU member states’ desire to reduce their energy use by 15% to reduce dependence on Russian gas and store it for the winter months. Because the country is one of the most dependent on Russian gas in the EU.
Robert Habeck, German Economy Minister and Co-Chair of the Green Party
Attempts are being made to overcome the situation that led to a major crisis at EU meetings and which led some countries to blame Germany and the countries that supported Germany. For this, the authorities began to seek a solution in the measures to be taken in the country.
And that’s how the proposal that made headlines in the European press came about…
One by one, cities in Germany are closing monuments and public fountains as cities race to reduce their energy consumption in the face of a looming gas crisis in Russia. Municipalities now apply a ‘cold shower’ tariff to swimming pools and gyms.
Hannover becomes first major city to implement energy-saving measures, and Berlin monument turns off the spotlight
HANNOVER AND BERLIN HEAD
Hanover, in northwest Germany, became the first major city on Wednesday to announce energy-saving measures, including turning off hot water in showers and bathrooms in city-run buildings and entertainment centers.
City halls of the capital of the state of Lower Saxony will only be heated from October 1 to March 31 to an ambient temperature not exceeding 20 degrees Celsius, prohibiting the use of mobile air conditioners and fan heaters. Kindergartens, schools, nursing homes and hospitals will be exempt from the austerity measures.
Belit Onay, the city’s mayor for the Green Party, said: “The situation is unpredictable. Every kilowatt hour counts and protecting critical infrastructure must be a priority.” made the declaration.
Hannover’s 15 percent savings target is in line with the savings the European Commission called this week for member states to make sure they can handle in the event of a complete gas shutdown from Russia. Germany, which is more dependent on Russian natural gas imports than any other European country, is under pressure to lead the way.
Germany prepares for winter with drastic measures
HISTORIC BUILDINGS LEFT IN THE DARK
In Berlin, Germany, nearly 200 historic monuments and town halls were plunged into darkness on Wednesday night as the city turned off its floodlights to save electricity. Monuments formerly illuminated at night included important historic buildings such as the Victory Column in Tiergarten park, the Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz and the Jewish Museum.
“In the face of the war on energy threats from Ukraine and Russia, it is vital that we use our energy as carefully as possible,” said Berlin environmental senator Bettina Jarasch.
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) glowing at night on non-war days
THE CRISIS STILL IS NOT REFLECTED ON THE HOUSES
Germany uses most of its gas imports to heat homes and power its main industry. But a power contingency plan launched in June saw utilities pass on high gas prices to customers, while most private households in Germany pay their gas bills at predetermined times and have yet to directly experience the dramatic spikes that would change. consumer behavior.
The German government confirmed on Thursday that a planned gas surcharge for customers could be much higher than previously expected to keep energy companies from failing in the coming months.
Former Prussian King ‘Frederick the Great’ aka II. Friedrich’s statue in Berlin is now dark
ECONOMY MINISTER HAD TO CONFESS
“We cannot yet say how much gasoline will cost in November, but the sad news is that it will definitely cost several hundred euros per family,” said Economy Minister Robert Habeck.
Germany also uses natural gas to generate about 15 percent of its electricity needs, and city officials have decided to save relatively ‘no problem’ at this point.
The southern German city of Munich announced this week that it will turn off its town hall’s floodlights on Marienplatz square, which is usually lit until 11 pm and only has cold water in city hall offices. The fountains were also closed at night.
Nuremberg is closing three of the city’s four indoor pools and will keep the outdoor pools open until 25 September.
In April, Berlin announced measures to keep its outdoor pools two degrees below the weather-dependent standard temperature during the summer season.