Gas consumption elevated by greater than 4 p.c in winter 2023/24 | EUROtoday

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DAccording to a media report, fuel consumption in Germany rose by 4.2 p.c within the winter half of the yr in comparison with the earlier yr. The improve is because of trade, which consumed 8.2 p.c extra fuel, because the newspapers of the Funke media group reported, citing the Federal Network Agency. Households and companies, nevertheless, saved 0.1 p.c.

Milder temperatures additionally dampened fuel consumption within the winter of 2023/24. Between October and March it was on common 0.6 levels hotter than the earlier yr.

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Compared to the pre-crisis years 2018 to 2021, fuel consumption fell by a complete of 16.5 p.c. Households and companies recorded a decline of 18.3 p.c, and trade by 14.7 p.c.

“Many people are more conscious about their heating”

“Spring is coming and Germany has mastered another winter without bottlenecks in the gas supply,” mentioned the top of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, to the Funke newspapers. The financial savings successes are appreciable. “Many people are more conscious about their heating.”

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But the fuel disaster just isn’t over but, warned Müller. Uncertainties remained within the subsequent winter too. There remains to be a danger that Russia will cease the remaining fuel deliveries to Europe. Even a really chilly winter would trigger fuel consumption to rise sharply. “So we have to continue to be vigilant,” emphasised the community company president.