The EU plan on the voluntary reduction of natural gas use by 15% came into effect on Tuesday. Almost half of the community states have already been affected by reduced gas deliveries from Russia and most of them started to take measures to curb consumption and store gas for the winter season.

Authorities in Germany, a country heavily relying on gas supplies decided that warm water should no longer be available in public institutions, while wells and parts of the public lighting have been shut down in several cities. Doors must be closed in air conditioned rooms in France while Greece has announced a 640 million Euro programme for renewing windows and air-conditioning in state institutions.

Although Romania hasn’t announced a national strategy on reducing gas consumption yet, authorities here have recommended that citizens avoid excessive gas consumption.

Radio Romania International