Lack of Russian gas can bring German industry to standstill – minister

German industry may have to shut down if Russia stops delivering gas to the EU through Ukraine, Economy Minister Robert Habeck has warned

Lack of Russian gas can bring German industry to standstill – minister
13 Jun, 2023 00:24 HomeWorld News

Lack of Russian gas can bring German industry to standstill – minister

Robert Habeck said Berlin has “no secure scenario” for what will happen once Ukraine’s transit contract expires

Germany will have to scale back or even shut down its industrial capacity if the deliveries of Russian natural gas through Ukraine stop next year, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Monday.

“There is no secure scenario for how things will turn out,” Habeck said at the Ostdeutsches Wirtschaftsforum (OWF), an economic conference in Bad Saarow. Policymakers in Berlin need to avoid “making the same mistake again” by assuming that energy shortages would not affect the economy, he said, as cited by Bloomberg. 

“essential” to build new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on the Baltic coast, which would enable Berlin to import gas from the US and the Middle East. Local residents and environmental groups have sought to block the construction.

Habeck had championed alternative energy sources for months after Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022. The Green Party politician became notorious for advising Germans to take fewer and shorter showers, because saving on hot water would “annoy” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Germany developed a business model that was largely based on dependence on cheap Russian gas,” Habeck told reporters last August, arguing that this also created a dependence on the “enemy” of international law and liberal democracy. That model had “failed and it is not coming back,” he said

accused the US of ordering and carrying out the sabotage, while Washington and its allies have tried to blame Moscow or speculate about “pro-Ukrainian groups” that might have done it, with or without Kiev’s official blessing.