The European Commission has prepared an emergency plan for the case of an energy blackout. According to Spanish daily El Pais the Commission intends to present the plan on May 18.
The plan contains several actions to be taken by EU member states for the worst case scenario in which the inflow of Russian hydrocarbons is halted before Europe has found alternative and sufficient ways of supply.
The plan is reportedly based on the Regulation on Security of Supply, which has been in force since 2017 and can be extended to oil under certain conditions. In this case, in parallel with the processes at the institutional level, a campaign has been launched to reduce energy consumption by both citizens and states.
The data and studies provided by the International Energy Agency are not used in it.
The numbers correspond to daily oil savings in thousands of barrels
- Teleworking (up to three days a week) – One day of teleworking equals 170,000 fewer barrels
- Car sharing with other people and gentle (economical) driving – 470 fewer barrels
- Reduction of speed limits on highways (at least 10 km per hour) – 430 fewer barrels
- Sundays without cars in the cities – 380 less barrels
- Mild – economical truck driving – 320 fewer barrels
- Limit the number of air travel for business purposes – 260 fewer barrels
- Use of public transport, bicycles and walking – 330 less barrels
- Alternative access of cars (single or even end-digit of licence polates) in the cities – 210 less barrels
- Using train instead of airplane – 40 fewer barrels
The first reaction to the plan was on Greek TV channels was: how will taverns and tourism will work if people are not allowed to use their cars on Sundays…
Meanwhile and while the EU is preparing for Russia to cut natural gas supplies to the countries not paying in rubbles, Ukraine has announced ⇓
Ukraine’s natural gas grid says Russian flows to Europe via a key entry point will stop from Wednesday as occupying forces disrupt operations at the compressor station https://t.co/LMPCjdTJET
— Bloomberg (@business) May 10, 2022
PS While the EU technocrats are preparing the one package of sanctions after the other, on a calm, late spring weekend, they could also sit down in a sunny park and work out a plan for Peace between Ukraine and Russia. #just_saying