Directors of three major French energy companies, TotalEnergies oil company and EDF and Engie electricity companies, have asked French businessmen and consumers to reduce their consumption immediately in light of an increase in energy prices. This "threatens social cohesion and politics" and has a severe impact on the purchasing power and purchasing power of families.
"We need collective and individual awareness so each one of us -- each consumer, every company - changes our behavior and immediately reduces our consumption of energy, gasoline, and oil products," said Catherine McGregor, director CEO at Engie, Jean Bert Levy, President andCEO of EDF and Patrick Pouyanne President andCEO of TotalEnergies.
In a joint forum in Le Journal du Dimanche, the three directors stated that if they "start acting from this summer", we can be better prepared for the coming winter and preserve our national gas reserves.
They recalled that the European energy system was in severe tension for several months and that France is no exception. This calls for energy sobriety.
TotalEnergies and EDF, as well as Engie, explained at their forum that Russian pipeline gas supplies have declined significantly in certain countries, including France, that "electricity production capability is also under pressure" that weather conditions and droughts reduce hydropower production. According to the directors, "The best energy is that which is not used." The effort must be immediate, collaborative and massive. Every gesture counts. They add that saving energy means increasing purchasing power, and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The people responsible for Engie and EDF, as well as TotalEnergies, advocate that we "act on a European scale" and show solidarity. They remind us that our markets are interdependent and that interconnection between Europe's electricity and gas is essential. They believe it is important to invest to "reinforce and sustain the balance between countries" and to "continue solidarity between countries, especially from Central and Eastern Europe."