business solutions to save gas


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G. de Florival, S. Feydel, R. Moquillon, F. Guinle, F. Cerulli, S. Fel, R. Laurentin – France 2

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Gas restrictions imposed on businesses could have “disastrous and often irreversible economic effects” according to BusinessEurope, the organization representing European employers. In France, some have already opted for a plan B to do without gas.

If the time is at the heat wave, Wednesday, July 20, some companies are already preparing for winter. Many fear running out of gas, and having to stop their production line. Some take the lead, sometimes with radical decisions. Murielle Auda, market gardener in Gattières (Alpes-Maritimes), has set aside certain plots of land in her greenhouses. She has decided not to plant basil anymore. “It would have to be heated for three months, which we decided not to do”, she says. It is thanks to the heat of the gas, produced by a generator, that his plants come out of the ground. However, the bill has tripled in recent months, reaching 200,000 euros per year.

Others rent oil-fired boilers. The Babcock Wanson Group, in Nérac (Lot-et-Garonne), has made it its speciality. Its customers are breweries, industrialists and petrochemical companies. With the shortage of raw materials and rising energy costs, rental prices have tripled and can reach 3 million euros per year. Faced with the emergency, companies are ready to pay a high price. According to the boss, all the boilers are reserved for next winter. Since June, companies that consume a lot of gas can apply for state aid to compensate for the additional costs.ûts of energy prices.

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