Andre Dosé criticizes the Federal Council’s gas emergency plan
“You don’t realize how dangerous the situation is”
André Dosé, president of Swissgas and the Mittelland gas network, criticizes the Federal Council. The former Swiss CEO says in an interview that his emergency plans for gas and electricity are not working because of the war in Ukraine.
Published: 7:39 pm
Updated: 7:50 pm
He is the ultimate crisis manager. André Doss (65) is the first Swiss CEO since Swissair was founded. He took over the leadership of the Grasshoppers Club when the field was almost non-existent. Now, as head of Swissgas and the Mittelland gas network, he is maneuvering through the energy crisis at the forefront. “Actually: we are currently experiencing a major crisis in the energy market. I can undoubtedly benefit from my experience in such situations,” he says. Dose in an interview for the online edition of “NZZ”.
Crisis manager slams state government for not working emergency planning for gas and electricity One is too slow, “creating completely oversized companies and too slow. “The nice Swiss approach of basing all decisions on as broad a base as possible, then doesn’t work.”
According to Doss, Switzerland should have received gas for “one or two billion francs” three months ago. ‘But that didn’t happen. Now the purchase price is three times higher. That is wrong,” he said.
He sees a situation where “it takes very little to be low on energy in the winter.” Also in Switzerland.
A self-inflicted crisis
“We depend on gas imports all year round and electricity imports in the winter. This crisis in Switzerland is largely self-inflicted,” says Doss. “Energy Strategy 2050 is built on sand.”
Switzerland now lags behind other countries in Europe in gas supply. And no electricity deal with the EU, so dose to “NZZ”. I don’t get the impression that people in this country know how dangerous the situation is. “Our problems are fundamentally misunderstood” if people are now invited to shower instead of shower.
State Guarantees and Investments in Sunny States
In his view, electricity and gas shortages may come together this winter. It is welcome that the Bundesrat is involved in the negotiations for an integration treaty with Germany. You can still buy natural gas in Norway and LPG in some other countries “albeit at a higher price”.
Dose requests state guarantees to finance gas purchases for the winter. “Switzerland has none of the models in Germany.”
Dose proposes investments in sunny countries to achieve greater self-sufficiency in the future. Solar energy can be converted into synthetic gas there. “It is relatively easy to transport to Switzerland by ship and rail or pipeline.”
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