Erdgas AG in Laufental-Thierstein, or GASAG for short, was founded on 20 August 1993. It operates facilities for reliably supplying private and public buildings with natural gas and biogas at the most favourable terms. The company also operates a natural gas filling station in Laufen.
Its shareholders include EBM (Elektra Birseck association) as well as the communes of Breitenbach, Büsserach, Dittingen, Meltingen and Zwingen, and Laufen. Primeo Energie is also mandated to manage the business and operations and handles the consulting and planning as well as the technical and administrative processes.
The course is set for biogas
The proportion of biogas should be 100 per cent by 2050 and at least 40 per cent by 2030 as an interim step. Biogas has the potential to make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. As a result, Erdgas AG Laufental-Thierstein (GASAG) has been offering its customers biogas since 2012. From 2024, 10 per cent biogas from the region will generally be blended into the standard natural gas product. According to GASAG's Board of Directors, this proportion will be increased to at least 40 per cent by 2030. The aim is to achieve a 100 per cent renewable gas supply by 2050.
The municipalities supplied by GASAG are thus laying the foundations for the continued secure supply of all customers connected to the gas network and for achieving the climate targets set by the federal government. The biogas comes from the region and is produced from green waste, leftover food from the catering industry and other biogenic waste in Pratteln. Other sources of biogas will soon follow.
Since 1 January 2022, our customers have been receiving 100% green gas at the basic tariff. We refer to natural gas as green gas, the CO2 emissions of which are financed through high-quality climate protection projects. Together with myclimate, we are investing in a specific biogas project in Nepal which is certified according to the internationally-recognised Gold Standard. This project will enable more than 15,000 small biogas plants to be built, maintained and repaired on the land of farming families, which became necessary after the devastating earthquake of 2015. The project was initiated by WWF Nepal and supported together with myclimate. In addition to sustainably reducing emissions, the project significantly eases the burden on the women concerned and their families. Instead of collecting wood for hours every day, they can now directly obtain their energy locally. You can find more information, pictures and videos about the project here.
The gas supply in Switzerland is currently guaranteed. GASAG has already procured the quantities for next winter. An increasing proportion of biogas is planned for the future.
According to the Association of the Swiss Gas Industry (VSG), Switzerland's natural gas supply is currently secure.
To secure supplies for the winter, the Federal Council instructed the regional gas companies as a community to procure additional quantities and build up gas reserves. This includes the procurement of gas, additional gas storage capacities (15 per cent of annual domestic consumption), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and terminal capacities for LNG.
Federal Councillor Albert Rösti signed an agreement on the security of gas supply with the Italian Energy Minister on 6 July 2023.
The Federal Council is once again setting a voluntary gas savings target of 15 per cent for the upcoming winter half-year (October 2023 to March 2024).
The Swiss gas industry has no direct contracts with Russia. Procurement takes place directly and primarily on the markets in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy. The Swiss gas industry has no influence on the supply mix of the respective upstream suppliers.
Gas accounts for 15 per cent of total energy consumption in Switzerland. An estimated 19 per cent of this comes from Russia. The EU is doing everything it can to phase out Russian gas, as well as oil and coal, as quickly as possible.
LNG is the abbreviation for liquefied natural gas. This refers to liquefied natural gas. The liquid aggregate state is achieved at a temperature of -162°C. The gas is compressed by a factor of 600 and can be transported on ships with a high energy density. The gas is compressed by a factor of 600 and can be transported on ships with a high energy density. It usually comes from Qatar, the USA and Australia. There are around 40 unloading terminals along the west coast of Europe, where the LNG is fed back into the existing pipelines in gaseous form.
In the event of a gas shortage in Switzerland, a national economic supply concept will be implemented that provides for measures by the Crisis Intervention Organisation (KIO) to reduce demand in several stages. These include austerity measures, ordering dual-fuel systems to switch to oil and, in an emergency, imposing quotas on large gas consumers.
Further information can be found here.
GASAG is working to secure biogas resources from the region. As the proportion of local resources increases, dependence on foreign countries is reduced and the proportion of renewable energy from biogenic waste materials grows.
The Board of Directors of GASAG, in which the municipalities supplied have a stake, has adopted a biogas strategy. From 2024, 10 per cent biogas will be fed into the grid. By 2030, the proportion of biogas is to be steadily increased to 40 per cent and net zero by 2050.
Following the high in summer 2022, gas market prices have fallen again. However, not to the long-term level of previous years, but by a factor of 2 to 3. The GASAG Board of Directors has decided to reduce prices for all tariff categories. It will apply from 1 January 2024 and all customers have been informed by letter.
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