RTL Today – Reducing energy consumption: What about energy saving measures?
Recent efforts have focused on reducing the impact of energy prices on consumers and businesses.
Deferred indexation supports employers, while consumers’ loss of purchasing power will be offset by tax credits and reduced fuel prices. While some measures are aimed at the energy transition towards renewable energies, there is nothing aimed at saving energy.
Only Lithuania has categorically stopped importing Russian gas. The EU’s dependence on Russian energy helps fund the war in Ukraine. According to Eurostat, in 2019 the EU imported 27% of its gasoline from Russia, 47% of its coal and other solid fuels and 41% of its gas. Switching to more electric power is also not an immediate solution, as most of our electric power is still produced from fossil fuels.
But there have been few calls to reduce energy consumption. While Germany has discussed reducing speeds on its motorways and Belgium is encourage cycling to work, most of these initiatives are extremely unpopular. They are reputed to be unevenly distributed, while some sectors cannot do it overnight. With rising temperatures for the summer, there will be natural savings for a few months.
But the energy crisis is unlikely to be over by the fall. The government is apparently planning an awareness campaign with some useful tips. But why not start now? The International Energy Agency – of which Luxembourg is a member – last month approved a 10 point program advising countries to reduce maximum speeds or encourage remote working. Other reflexes such as lowering the thermostat, of course remain valid. Not just for the energy crisis, but also for the climate crisis.