Written by Christos Tsagkaris, Lily Laubsher, Lolita Matiashova, Lu-Chieh Lin, Anna Isayeva
The prices of electricity and gas have been steadily increasing in Europe since the winter of 2020. The reduction in natural gas supply from Russia in retaliation for the EU’s support of Ukraine has led to an eightfold increase in gas prices in comparison to the last decade’s average. European institutions, national and local authorities, are adopting measures aiming to restrict energy consumption and prevent further rises in the cost of energy. These provisions range from dissociating the prices of gas and electricity to imposing limits on the utilisation of electrical devices and heating. Energy shortages pose a threat to the quality of life and the safety of individuals across Europe, particularly those depending on electrical devices for the management of their health conditions. The same puts a strain on healthcare systems, because healthcare facilities are energy intensive and power outages put the wellbeing and lives of patients in peril.