Swiss launch energy conservation campaign, plan rationing moves

(EurActiv, 1 Sep 2022) The Swiss government launched a voluntary campaign on Wednesday (31 August) to urge consumers and businesses to conserve energy as shortages of gas and power loom this winter that could lead to rationing in a worst-case scenario.

More than 40 partners from the public and private sector are backing the drive with the motto “Energy is scarce. Let’s not waste it”, the government said.

“The aim is for as many people as possible to participate voluntarily – and to help prevent Switzerland from getting into a shortage situation in the first place,” it said.

The campaign is scheduled to last until April and features tips on how to cut demand, for instance by turning down thermostats, using less hot water, and turning off appliances and lighting when not in use.

The suggested restrictions are “preventive” said Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, adding he hoped the government will not have to apply them.

Energy conservation and rationing measures

The government plans a series of increasingly strict steps, including bans and rationing, should conservation fail to head off shortages.

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