Calling for an "urgent coordination at the federal level" to shorten bureaucratic procedures, Engelhardt said the environmental and plant approval processes established in pre-crisis times are "not proving to be crisis-proof."
Such procedures, WDK said, take several months and are designed in a "sequential" manner, creating bottlenecks when pragmatic action is required.
"In an approval procedure involving several authorities, they (the authorities) only take action one after the other (and this) does not do justice to the seriousness of the situation," Engelhardt said.
When companies are forced to switch from gas to oil, for example, they must go through a long approval process for the commissioning of several small oil tanks.
This is because larger tanks are currently not available, Engelhardt said, and companies will have to use tanks with smaller volumes.
"A tank: no approval procedure. Multiple tanks with the same total volume: months of regulatory proceedings.
"In this way, we are squandering our chances of surviving the gas emergency," Engelhardt concluded.