In business and politics there is concern about a gas shortage situation. Many jobs are at risk. Citizens should now save gas and thus secure jobs - according to the industry.
Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The industry in the southwest is very concerned about a possible gas shortage and is hoping for the help of the citizens. "Everyone who saves helps," said the Vice President of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Stefan Roell, the German Press Agency in Stuttgart. It is of no use if private households have enough heat but there are no longer any jobs. "Saving helps not only on your own account, but also for the workplace," says Roell.
Almost all companies would be affected. Although some companies could minimize the effect, for example by working remotely, others would lose their production facilities and no longer be able to exist. "If the gas is turned off in the industry as a whole, then we are not talking about thousands, but hundreds of thousands of jobs," said Roell.
On Tuesday, Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) warned of the dramatic consequences of a gas shortage in winter for workers and consumers. "In an emergency, thousands of jobs are at stake," said Kretschmann.
Roell called on politicians to issue permits as quickly as possible if companies now switched their processes from gas to other energy sources. You also have to use the boost for green energies and "switch to crisis mode" in the approval process. He also expects the Federal Network Agency to provide fast, open and comprehensive information about what companies can expect in an emergency.