Landlords severing ties with Russian energy suppliers

Social landlords are looking to end deals with Russian-based energy supplier Gazprom due to the country’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Suffolk County Council has already cancelled its deal with the Russian energy company, while nine other councils and associations are considering doing the same, Inside Housing reports.

Councils that are looking to end deals are Wealden District Council and Kent County Council, as well as housing association Home Group.

Russian gas accounts for 6% of total imports and 4% of the UK’s gas demand, rising from nothing in 2017, analysis of government data by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) shows.

The ECIU’s head of analysis Dr Simon Cran-McGreehin has called for the UK to distance itself from Vladimir Putins regime.

He said: “Although not at the same level of some other European countries, the UK has been spending billions of pounds on Russian gas that could now be being used to fund Putin’s war in Ukraine.”

A government spokesperson told Sky News: “While we have no gas pipelines directly linking the two countries, we are exploring options to further reduce the already small amount of imports we get from Russia.”

The UK government is reviewing its exposure to Russian gas and energy groups.

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng met the bosses of some of the UK’s biggest energy groups on Friday as part of the review.

He spoke to the National Grid’s John Pettigrew, Chris O’Shea of Centrica and ScottishPower head Keith Anderson, The FT reports.

So far the UK hasn’t specifically sanctioned the energy sector.

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