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Swiss minister asks public to reduce their heating next winter

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Switzerland faces a potential gas shortage next winter, warns Switzerland’s Federal Council. Reduced consumption or rationing cannot be ruled out, it warns. © Katie Nesling | Dreamstime.comAt a press conference in Bern on Wednesday, economy minister Guy Parmelin said that there is a very real risk of a gas shortage over winter, reported RTS. Around three quarters of the gas used in Switzerland comes from Germany, he said. If storage facilities cannot be filled as planned a shortage in Switzerland during winter cannot be excluded. In addition, Swiss gas companies must store gas abroad because there is nowhere in Switzerland to store it. Gas is mainly used for home heating in Switzerland, which means households are likely to be affected if supplies run low. Because of this the

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Switzerland faces a potential gas shortage next winter, warns Switzerland’s Federal Council. Reduced consumption or rationing cannot be ruled out, it warns.

© Katie Nesling | Dreamstime.com

At a press conference in Bern on Wednesday, economy minister Guy Parmelin said that there is a very real risk of a gas shortage over winter, reported RTS.

Around three quarters of the gas used in Switzerland comes from Germany, he said. If storage facilities cannot be filled as planned a shortage in Switzerland during winter cannot be excluded. In addition, Swiss gas companies must store gas abroad because there is nowhere in Switzerland to store it.

Gas is mainly used for home heating in Switzerland, which means households are likely to be affected if supplies run low. Because of this the federal government has launched an appeal to the public to reduce gas consumption. Companies that are able to switch from gas to mazout are being asked to switch over to mazout, even if it is more expensive.

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