Casimir Platzer, President Gastro Suisse.
The Swiss gastronomy association Gastro Suisse is concerned about impending energy shortages and high prices. Politicians must act, otherwise livelihoods are at risk. At the same time, the industry is prepared to save energy.
is also a founding member of
the Energy Saving Alliance
and firmly supports the efforts of the federal government, business and society to tackle the energy crisis," a statement said. The association is thus supporting a winter energy-saving campaign launched by the Swiss Federal Council, known as the Energy Saving Alliance. "We want to take responsibility and contribute to overcoming the energy crisis," says Casimir Platzer, president of Gastro Suisse
, explaining the move.
At the same time, however, the industry association
is calling on politicians to act quickly to curb the cost explosion for electricity and gas
. Otherwise, the existence of tens of thousands of companies is threatened.
64 percent of businesses are concerned
The hospitality industry in particular is also affected by the impending energy shortage. This is why almost 64 percent of businesses are concerned,
as a recent survey by Gastro Suisse shows. Almost 2,000 members took part in the survey. The proportion is even higher among large-scale consumers in the industry
. There, four out of five establishments
Almost 20 percent of the catering establishments belong to the large consumers that
would be directly affected by an electricity quota.
"Politics must intervene"
The industry association
therefore also welcomes
the efforts of
the federal government to sensitize industry and society to
energy saving. "However, politicians must intervene now, otherwise they will jeopardize economic stability," Platzer demands. Urgent measures
are needed to curb
the cost explosion for electricity and gas
, he says. "Otherwise, the existence of tens of thousands of companies in Switzerland is threatened," Platzer fears.
He says that cost-cutting measures,
or safeguarding of production
and probably also a price cap
are needed to counteract the looming price explosions. Gastro Suisse is also campaigning for large consumers to
be able to switch from the free electricity market back to the basic supply
The industry association itself supports them in saving energy with a comprehensive checklist with 90 saving tips
. Gastro Suisse sees energy saving not only as an important contribution to preventing an energy shortage or blackouts: "Low energy costs are also a relevant success factor,"
says Platzer and emphasizes: "In the medium to long term, energy-saving measures are financially worthwhile. Quickly implementable solutions could save at least 10 percent of electricity consumption."One in five respondents is already implementing energy-saving measures
. Among lodging establishments
and large consumers
, the proportion is 30 percent
. Due to the looming energy shortage, 82 percent of the businesses surveyed,
85 percent of the lodging businesses and 88 percent of the large consumers want to secure or possibly examine further energy-saving measures
Most want to optimize electricity consumption
, for example, by using timers
, adjusting the heating curve
or lowering the set temperature for hot water
. Many intend to replace light sources. Lodging establish
ments are also focusing on producing their own electricity
, while restaurant establishments
are procuring energy-efficient kitchen equipment
around 40 percent of establishments do not know
whether there is any energy-saving potential at all in
their operations. Energy consultations can help, which is why Gastro Suisse promotes energy consultations for SMEs.