On Thursday morning, energy minister Claude Turmes was a guest on RTL Lëtzebuerg Radio.

The minister told RTL that he was glad the intervention had taken place so quickly and un-bureaucratically. It was necessary to intervene in order to prevent a further 5 index brackets, reducing gas and electricity prices and also lowering VAT by one percentage point.

Turmes said it was vital to maintain social peace in Luxembourg, and commented that people should not be concerned about being unable to pay their bills, on top of concerns about the war.

The measures have not lost sight of the government's climate policy, insisted Turmes, as the package included some 200 million euros set aside for climate protection. The installation of a heat pump, for example, will be supported with a maximum of 18,000 euros in future, instead of 15,000 euros as it currently stands.

The minister added that he did not believe a price cap would reduce incentives to save energy, as people would already be aware of the crisis and would therefore have started saving.

The government aims to set an example, introducing a cap on heating government buildings. Municipalities and businesses will follow suit, added Turmes, who remains convinced that Luxembourg's energy saving target will be achieved.

In terms of gas prices, Turmes said the suppliers were in the process of recalculating, in order to confirm the cap at 15% and avoid paying an 80% increase.

He added that wood pellets would be included in the cap with a similar system to heating oil, although details were yet to be confirmed.

On a global scale, the current situation is very serious, Turmes said, particularly following reports of sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea. Norway has introduced monitoring by the military, while ships will also patrol the Mediterranean Sea to avoid any potential incidents.

Invité vun der Redaktioun: Claude Turmes

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