THE CO2 ISSUE: Your thoughts on the latest issues around the CO2 shortage
Food shortages are expected and energy bills are expected to rise - we find out if the carbon dioxide shortage has impacted you.
Boris Johnson has said “we’ll have to do everything we can” to prevent energy companies going under as wholesale gas prices surge.
Speaking to broadcasters on the tarmac of New York’s JFK airport, the Prime Minister said: “I think people should be reassured in the sense that yes there are a lot of short-term problems not just in our country, the UK, but around the world caused by gas supplies and shortages of all kinds.
“This is really a function of the world economy waking up after Covid.
“We’ve got to try and fix it as fast as we can, make sure we have the supplies we want, make sure we don’t allow the companies we rely on to go under. We’ll have to do everything we can.
“But this will get better as the market starts to sort itself out, as the world economy gets back on its feet.”
The UK is in a better place than other countries to deal with the wholesale gas prices surge, Foreign Office minister James Cleverly has suggested.
Mr Cleverly told Sky News: “We are in a better place than many other countries that are also feeling the pinch from this increase in wholesale gas supply and we will absolutely do everything we can to protect consumers.”
He said this was because the UK has domestic supplies but “we also receive gas from very, very reliable partners like Norway, for example, so we’re in a better place than many other countries around the world”.
Carbon dioxide shortages could become a problem in the run-up to Christmas, the managing director of Iceland supermarket has said.
Richard Walker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that suppliers who are looking at some of the stock they hold and their just-in-time chains are suggesting this “could become a problem over the coming days and weeks”.
He said: “This is not an issue that is months away, that is for sure.
“We are building up our stocks on key lines like frozen meat just to make sure we can deal with any unforeseen issue.
“At the moment we are fully stocked and our suppliers are OK, but we do need this sorted as quickly as possible.”
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