This year, the citizens of this European nation started buying firewood for the winter much earlier, i.e. in the summer, experts told the daily De Volkskrant.
As a rule, customers who buy firewood do so in September, but when gas prices are above 2,300 euros per 1,000 cubic meters in most of Europe, the demand for alternative routes increases considerably, the newspaper reports.
Now a cubic meter of firewood costs 165 euros, 50 euros more than last year, experts told the newspaper.
The anticipated shift to the so-called green economy, with priority for the use of renewable energy and limitations on the use of hydrocarbons, and the sanctions against Russia for its military operation in Ukraine, led to the astronomical rise in energy prices, say experts.
Last June, the European Union approved the sixth package of punitive measures against Russia, which include, among others, an embargo on the import of oil from that country, with a staggered application, which will exclude for the time being crude supplied by pipelines.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine to demilitarize and denazify that country, to which the West responded with an economic war against Russia.