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Gas crisis: IEA boss Fatih Birol warns of next winter

2023-01-24T14:08:37.303Z

So far, the gas crisis has been less severe than feared. With a view to next winter, IEA boss Fatih Birol calls for further savings - and criticizes the German nuclear phase-out.



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IEA boss Birol at a performance in Helsinki

Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / IMAGO

The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, has warned the Europeans not to dismiss the supply crisis prematurely given falling gas prices.

"The next winter worries me," Birol told the "Handelsblatt".

Birol named three risk factors: "No Russian gas, China's comeback as an importer, little increase in supply." He fears that many governments are "a little too happy" about the relatively mild course of the crisis so far.

Europe must continue to reduce gas consumption.

Against the background of the tense situation, the IEA director criticized the German nuclear phase-out: "I wish there was the possibility of extending the service life much more if necessary." Birol, on the other hand, praised the fact that the expansion of wind power and solar systems had accelerated.

»Above all, the acceleration of the planning process pays off.«

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Source: spiegel

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