What restrictions apply in the event of a power shortage? The Federal Council should communicate it today. For fear of a distribution battle, sectors such as the food industry are already active.
“Systemically important”: the word recalls the global financial crisis of 2008, when Switzerland classified several banks as systemically important. Today, the word takes on a new meaning: in the face of the looming gas and energy crisis that could limit us all in winter, various sectors of the economy are proactively moving forward.
According to their press releases, the industries see themselves as systemically important, as Radio SRF reports. In the event of a power distribution battle, they want to avoid having to save electricity. Or that the electricity is completely cut off.
“Don’t just cut off mobility”
The food industry, for example, argues that the electricity must not be cut off under any circumstances, otherwise the supply of the population would be endangered.
It looks like public transport. According to the press release, he also sees himself as a central player in the economy, which should not be circumcised. After all, trains and buses carry 100,000 people to and from work every day.
“Public transport gets people where they want to go in a very energy-efficient way,” Ueli Stückelberger, director of the association, told SRF. He therefore does not assume that “mobility will simply be cut off”.
“Fitness is essential for good health”
But that’s not all: fitness studios also see themselves as systemically important. “Fitness makes a significant contribution to the health of the population,” association president Claude Ammann told SRF. It’s been proven. It is all the more important to keep training places and opportunities open.
Speaking of health: indoor pools also want to stay open. “The baths have systemically important work,” association director Martin Enz told SRF radio.
Bodies of water are made available, for example for school classes. There are also health promotion courses for society – swimming in the indoor pool is not a luxury, but “of enormous importance”.
Appeal to the Federal Council
The director of the Enz association of indoor swimming pools therefore appeals to the Federal Council. “Let’s keep working. We will also save energy for this”. How exactly – if the water temperature would be two degrees lower – remains to be seen.
The objective of all sectors: get through a possible energy crisis in winter as well as possible – but please without too many cuts.