Europe takes drastic measures to prepare for a winter without Russian gas

The Swiss are stockpiling wood for winter
Switzerland prepares for winter
Getting ready for a hard winter
Shop windows without light
A surprising measure
Lighting at monuments and public buildings will also be turned off
Darker cities
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Skyrocketing prices
400 pounds of help to households to pay the energy bill
Objective: consume 15% less gas
55% of the energy consumed in Germany came from Russian gas
Germany looks into the abyss
Drastic measures
Cold showers in Hannover
Extinguished public buildings
Dark monuments in Berlin
The consequences of war
Christmas without Christmas lights?
The Swiss are stockpiling wood for winter

In case the Russians cut gas off to Europe, in Switzerland they are preparing to warm up the old-fashioned way. That is why, according to Deutsche Welle, citing the Swiss television channel RTS, wood is running out in the country.

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Switzerland prepares for winter

Fear of energy restrictions due to the war in Ukraine has caused the Swiss population to buy unusual amounts of firewood in the middle of summer.

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Getting ready for a hard winter

All of Europe is preparing for a harsh winter. Governments and citizens assume that there will be energy restrictions and measures have already been announced in this regard.

Shop windows without light

In Spain it has been announced that, in the face of winter and as an energy saving measure, shops will be forced to turn off lights in windows by ten o'clock at night.

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A surprising measure

This is a harsh and surprising measure in a country that is well known for its active night life and citizens who often don't eat supper until 10pm!

Lighting at monuments and public buildings will also be turned off

The Spanish government has also announced that the lighting at monuments and public buildings will by turned off at ten at o'clock at night. In the image, the Alhambra in Granada.

Darker cities

Some local politicians have criticized the Spanish government's restrictions on lighting because, they say, it will mean a return to a kind of dark city, with more crime in turn Spanish cities will attract less tourists.

A "scary" outlook for winter

In the United Kingdom, as published by Bloomberg, there are experts who describe the energy outlook for the winter as "terrifying".

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Skyrocketing prices

Specifically, Emma Pinchbeck, executive director of Energy UK, declared to Bloomberg: “The winter’s going to be bad. The price cap projections are really scary.”

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400 pounds of help to households to pay the energy bill

Faced with the foreseeable rise in energy prices, the British government announced an aid of 400 pounds ($488) to households. But there are experts who doubt whether it will be enough to assume a price that can skyrocket.

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Objective: consume 15% less gas

The European Union agreed, after an arduous negotiation between its member countries, that this winter all its components have to consume 15% less gas. Which will imply restrictions in companies and homes.

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"The worst crisis since World War II"

In an analysis published in April 2022 in the Financial Times they titled "The worst crisis since the Second World War" to refer to the possibility that Germany, due to lack of energy, may have to slow down its industrial production. In the image, an aerial view of the BASF plant, a large producer of the German chemical industry, in Ludwigshafen.

55% of the energy consumed in Germany came from Russian gas

Until the war began, the great German industry was fed by Russian gas, which accounted for 55% of the energy consumed in the country.

Germany looks into the abyss

Leonhard Birnbaum, CEO of the German energy group Eon, in the aforementioned Financial Times article said, “I have seen Fukushima. I have seen turbulent times. But what we're seeing right now is something...unprecedented."

Drastic measures

As the Russians have already cut the gas they send to Germany, there are municipalities where they have already approved drastic measures to save energy.

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Cold showers in Hannover

As published by the BBC at the end of July, in Hannover the hot water has been cut off in municipal sports centers and other public buildings.

Extinguished public buildings

Also, as in Spain, public buildings must turn off lights to save energy.

Dark monuments in Berlin

In Berlin, as reported by Euronews, 200 buildings now their lights switched off at night to save energy. Including the emblematic presidential palace.

The consequences of war

The landscape that is taking shape in Europe this winter is that of a continent that, now, is suffering the consequences of a war. The cities darken and a certain scarcity begins to be perceived.

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Christmas without Christmas lights?

Some are even beginning to consider whether next Christmas it will be necessary to limit the Christmas lighting that are a hallmark in cities such as London. If that is the case, the holiday season will certainly be dreary.

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