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“Lamia Messari-Becker, building technology researcher and advisor to the government’s expert council on environmental policy, said the slow expansion of renewables based on flawed priorities would now backfire. “An ill-guided focus on electricity and the lack of a transition in the heating sector are taking their toll,” the researcher said, pointing out that with almost half of all supplies, the prevalence of natural gas is particularly strong in the heating sector. By contrast, the share of gas in the German power sector stood at only 15 percent in 2021. Messari-Becker said the government should quickly hold an energy summit to quickly agree on a comprehensive strategy. Stronger European cooperation and partnerships with African countries would offer a long-term perspective to move away from Russia.”