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Sherman A1

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Thu Mar 31, 2022, 01:24 PM Mar 2022

Europe told to turn down the heating in Russia gas standoff

Fears of a Russian gas supply crunch prompted some European countries today to ask people to consume less energy in a move that could potentially yield big results.

Despite months of soaring energy prices and tight supplies, most governments have avoided taking a step they fear could be unpopular but with concerns growing that Russia could turn off the taps, the message in some capitals is starting to shift.

"Every kilowatt-hour counts," German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said, as Germany declared an "early warning" of a possible gas supply emergency.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris agrees that when done on a large scale, small behavioural changes can significantly reduce gas and oil demand.


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