Sanctions against Russian gasthat power the city’s historic gas streetlights, could see a declared energy emergency this fall.
The German capital has the largest network of gaslights in the world, as the Victorian lighting method was mostly phased out elsewhere.
However, city officials are now considering replacing its remaining 23,000 gas lamps, fearing that Moscow could slow its gas deliveries.
Benedikt Lux, a Green member of the transport committee in the city’s parliament, told Reuters: “The most important thing is to speed up their replacement with electric lights.”
Using electric lighting instead of gas will also be better for the environment.
As supplies continue to dwindle, a level three gas emergency could be declared by the federal government and gas lamps could be completely extinguished.
Proponents of gaslighting say it adds to the culture of Berlin’s most distinctive and oldest neighborhoods.
Bertold Kujath, head of Gaslight Culture, a foundation dedicated to their preservation, said: “Berlin is almost the last city in the world where you can walk around at night and sip coffee by gaslight.”
The gas produces power equivalent to around 4,500kWh per year per lamp, costing the city €6.5m (£5.5m).
This practice is banned in many European countries, including Germany, due to its negative impact on the environment.
Most Germans are much more in favor of expanding wind power (81%) than fracking (27%).
Nuclear power has begun to be phased out by Germany, although this may be delayed due to the energy crisis.
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