European gas levies are causing energy costs to get out of hand in Germany, which has caused German energy-intensive industries (EID) to worry about their futures in the country.

In a press release, Jörg Rothermel, the managing director of EID, says that price increases for electricity, gas and other energy sources pose a massive threat to EID companies in Germany.

“We don’t just have a problem internationally,” says Rothermel. “In other European Union member states, instead of additional burdens, drastic relief for companies and consumers has been decided that goes far beyond the ‘protective umbrella’ in Germany.”

Rothermel argues that EID companies depend on affordable energy for their international competitiveness. However, for months, the increasing prices of energy sources have elevated the pressure on EID companies.

The agreed gas surcharge further reinforces this, says Rothermel. An amount of five cents per kilowatt hour would mean costs of over $11 billion for EID companies – an additional burden of an average of just under 13,000 euros per workplace.

Rothermel says that for EID companies to remain competitive and sustain jobs, there needs to be a load limitation for the energy-intensive industry that takes account of the special situation in the energy markets.

“Both industry and private consumers are affected by the acute energy price crisis,” says Rothermel.  “It is therefore important to relieve particularly affected groups such as energy-intensive companies from the federal budget without additional burdens on private consumers.”

The energy-intensive industries account for over 120 terawatt hours of electricity and over 220 terawatt hours of natural gas consumption in Germany. They supply indispensable basic materials for the automotive, aerospace, electrical, glass, printing and packaging industries as well as mechanical engineering and the construction industry.