Germany is seeking to replace the shortage of gas supplies from Russia with coal following a warning from Russia’s state-backed energy giant Gazprom that it had limited supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has blamed the high gas prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
Coal is a carbon-intensive fossil fuel and, therefore, is a target as the world transitions to renewable alternatives. In light of the deteriorating gas market situation, Germany is planning to limit the use of natural gas for electricity production by burning more coal for a transitional period.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller has commented that Russia will play by its own rules after his firm reduced supplies to Germany.
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