Friday, May 20, 2022

Germany plans to become independent from Russian coal by this Fall

Germany plans to become independent of coal from Russia by fall and almost independent of oil by the end of the year, Robert Habek, the head of the German Ministry of Economics and Vice-Chancellor, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper in an interview.

“We work every day, really every day and sometimes every night, to reduce dependence on Russian oil, coal, and gas. Every day, even every hour, we are one step away from Russian imports. If we succeed, we will be independent of Russian coal by the fall and almost independent of Russian oil by the end of the year. It is more difficult with gas because we do not have our own LNG import capacity. We are doing it now under high pressure,” Habek said.

Earlier, the minister said it was necessary to diversify energy supplies in order to reject Russian imports. According to the Ministry of Economy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the share of Russian oil in supplies to the Federal Republic of Germany is 35%, the share of coal is about 50%.