Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck presented the Third Energy Security Progress Report today. This report provides an overview of the Federal Government’s measures to reduce energy dependence and strengthen preparedness. The Third Energy Security Report was preceded by the second report of 1 May 2022 and the first report of 25 March 2022.

Due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Germany is facing a worsening energy crisis. In order to ensure security of supply, the Federal Government has taken a broad range of interrelated measures since the beginning of the legislative period to quickly cut its dependence on Russian energy and place energy supply on a broader footing. It is consistently implementing this preparedness plan and adapting it to new developments. Since the First Energy Security Progress Report was adopted on 25 March 2022, further progress has been made every month. The third report now presents the current situation.

Thanks to intensive efforts with all the relevant stakeholders, it has been possible in the last few months to further diversify the supply chains and thus to gradually achieve clear reductions in the degree of dependence. In addition, LNG infrastructure is being established so that it will for the first time be possible from the turn of the year 2022/2023 to land liquefied natural gas in Germany via two of the four floating LNG terminals leased by the Federal Government (in Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel) . Furthermore, a private consortium also plans to make use of a regasification vessel, also from the turn of the year. Gas consumption is falling: apart from the weather conditions, this is primarily due to reductions in the energy and industrial sectors. The necessary legal basis has been created for an accelerated expansion of renewable energy.

However, the challenges continue to be great, and this requires comprehensive efforts in response. Following the 60% reduction of gas transit through Russia via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline since 14 June 2022, gas has become a scarce resource in Germany. As a consequence, the German Federal Government declared the alert level, i.e. the second level of the Emergency Plan for Gas, on 23 June 2022 and has since taken further measures to reduce gas consumption. Due to the supply shortage, prices continue to be at a record high and place a burden on industry and consumers, especially those with low incomes. The Federal Government has already launched two relief packages, but the high price level and inflation require further relief measures, which the Federal Government is currently discussing together with the social partners in the context of the Concerted Action. At the same time, it has called upon all consumers –in both the commercial and private sectors – to save energy. The declaration of the alert level underlines the signifiance of the measures adopted and implemented by the Federal Government.

You can find the Third Energy Progress Report here (in German).