The authorities of the Swiss city of Winterthur have adopted the first package of measures aimed at saving energy, among which is the adjustment of the work of the local crematorium in order to save gas.
According to a statement from the city council of Winterthur, it actively supports the energy conservation campaign led by the federal authorities and is developing its own measures to set an example for the population.
“Individual measures may save only a little energy, but they have an external effect. They are designed to motivate the inhabitants of Winterthur to save energy in turn, because every kilowatt-hour of energy saved counts,” the statement said.
In particular, in order to save gas, the city authorities decided to suspend the operation of one of the two cremation lines, and extend the operation of the remaining one.
“The crematorium at the Rosenberg cemetery is one of the most modern in Switzerland and has two gas-fired cremation lines. The Stadtgrün (department in charge of the city’s cemeteries and crematoria) one furnace line. Cremations are held from 5 am to 10 pm, not from 6 am to 6 pm,” the statement says.
The Winterthur authorities expect to save about a third of the gas needed to operate the crematorium.