War in Ukraine: because saving gas helps everyone

Russian President Putin may also close the gas supply to Germany soon. Who should be provided: citizens or companies?

What if Russia also denies Germany gas tap cordoned off like Bulgaria and Poland? This question guides the whole republic. Who receives preferential assistance in an emergency: companies or citizens? The verbal battle over the distribution of gas supplies is already raging on all channels.

Industry lobbyists are currently positioning themselves prominently to ensure their supply and therefore their existence. In doing so, they try to establish a rule of gas emergency plan which until now has defined all 83 million inhabitants as “protected customers”: because domestic customers will be the last to be cut off from the gas supply.

The concerns of companies in the wake of the war in Ukraine are understandable. Safe one Power supply it is the main artery of the economy. If President Putin cuts off gas supplies, this will have a significant impact on production and thus on Germany’s overall economic output. Jobs should be curtailed or closed, production should be stopped.

War in Ukraine: not all businesses count in an emergency

Especially in the chemical industrysupplying raw materials and preliminary products for practically all sectors, a reduction in production would affect and paralyze all sectors of the economy.

the food industry in turn, it needs gas for heat and cold to produce and store food. If only these two sectors failed, thousands of jobs would be at risk.

On the other hand, there are important infrastructures such as hospitalsenergy suppliers who are the last to be decoupled from gas to ensure basic supplies for people in emergency.

However, private individuals who need gas for their cars are also particularly protected Heat and they use hot water – currently around 21 million households.

This priority is now being called into question. Rightly so. The order in the emergency level, which fortunately has never had to be used before, should be put to the test. The order of priorities must not be reversed in a generalized way, according to the principle: industry must be protected first and then private individuals. Rather, a decision should be made on a case-by-case basis. For every company, every infrastructure, for citizens and in particular for vulnerable groups.

Background:Ukraine: What does Putin’s gas embargo mean for Germany?

War in Ukraine: no one must starve or freeze

It must be clear: no one should freeze to death from a lack of gas heating. No one should run out of food for lack of gas. At the same time, all businesses and citizens should do it now, before high consumption winter incoming – examine how they can actively contribute to reducing their gas needs.

Mind you: this is the restriction in an emergency! Not all companies are systematically relevant here. glass factoriesthose who produce syringes or cannulas for medicines are certainly more important than those who produce glasses. Some major pharmaceutical manufacturers of cement manufacturers. The Federal Network Agency, which must draw up a priority list for the gas emergency plan, has a very high level of responsibility in choosing who, when and to what extent the gas should be throttled without being pressured by representatives of associations.

Black and white thinking is also out of place. In an emergency, citizens should also be able to shower for only two minutes instead of ten or to go to the bathroom bathroom and sauna do without in their own four walls. Wearing sweaters in winter and only 19 instead of 23 degrees of heat in the apartment should also be tolerable. Especially if the really important companies can be kept running as a result. Because one thing applies to all of us: there is no prosperity without a functioning economy and jobs.

This article first appeared on waz.de

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