Emergency plan to minimise gas consumption in the EU already in place.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "Our emergency plan to reduce gas demand across the EU is now in force and several member states have already taken valuable, voluntary steps towards our goal: together, we aim to reduce gas use by at least 15%". These measures go along with the premise that saving energy "is vital for the energy security" of the European Union (EU).
Currently, in the face of the war in Ukraine, Russian supplies to the EU have been cut, so "energy saving is vital for Europe's energy security", says the leader of the EU executive.
The safeguard for a possible disruption in gas supply from Russia is to reduce consumption in the EU to at least 15% by spring 2023, thus storing the maximum in member states.
The regulation came into force following a political deliberation in Brussels, where the 27 met and reached an agreement around the proposal presented by the European Commission. The Council of the EU approved and formally adopted the regulation.
It provides for the possibility of creating a "Union alert" in the event of shortages, a scenario in which a reduction in the demand for gas would become mandatory.
Portugal, according to Duarte Cordeiro, Minister of the Environment, states that, "can deduce a set of circumstances" in which it also faces, "such as the production of electricity in the security of the system or the need to use gas as a raw material in industries or indispensable sectors".