Reducing gas consumption will not guarantee a trouble-free winter warns Engie

Invited this morning on France Inter, the president of the company recalled the conditions to avoid gas cuts this winter.

If he wanted to be reassuring at the microphone of France Inter this morning, the President of Engie, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, nevertheless recalled several conditions to make it possible to limit the risks of gas cuts this winter. First of all, the leader pointed out the importance of small gestures and in particular of limiting the temperature of the thermostat: “lowering the heating by one degree reduces consumption by an average of 7%“, he recalled. He thus joins the government which asks the French to limit the temperature to 19 degrees indoors. The goal is to succeed in achieving the objective of a 10% reduction in gas consumption this year.

However, this good behavior will not necessarily be enough to guarantee a serene winter. Two other conditions were cited by Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. First, "a mild winterwhich should make it possible to limit gas needs. But also, "China must not leave“, he pointed. Indeed, the current difficulties of Beijing, mired in its zero Covid strategy, make it possible to free up many boats that can transport LNG (liquefied natural gas). The latter have taken on a major role this year: we receive 30 to 40 boats per week compared to ten a year ago“, Illustrated the president of Engie. They make it possible to compensate, at least in part, for the decline in Russian deliveries. Results, the French reserves are filling up quickly: “ in a few weeks we will be at 100%“, he points.

For "incite» the French to be more economical, the executive could decide to raise prices. This technique " has a very strong impact on energy-intensive industries“, points out Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. The effects are already visible, in Europe their consumption would be “down 30% from last year“, a figure that drops to -15% in France. A positive trend in terms of energy transition, but potentially catastrophic for the economy. Several companies have therefore had to reduce production, or even resort to partial unemployment in the face of its difficulties.

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