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Initial target reached early

In the 2019 Annual Report, the ten initiative partners present measures that have had a remarkable impact over the past year. From 2006 until now, they have increased their energy efficiency on average by 32.3%, thus significantly exceeding their original target of 25% by 2020.

Please see the 2019 Annual Report for more information.

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Extension and a new name

The Swiss Federal Council has extended the initiative to 2030. In its new form, it will also encompass climate change related goals, and so the project has been given a new name: Exemplary Energy and Climate. The new phase will start on 1 January 2021.

Further information can be found in the press release of June 23, 2020.

What's it about?


The Exemplary Energy and Climate initiative is one of twelve measures in the first package of the Energy Strategy 2050. It is aimed at companies closely linked to the federal government and the cantons who want to operate in an innovative and exemplary manner in the field of energy. By signing a declaration of intent, they undertake to make an ambitious contribution to increasing energy efficiency and expanding use of renewable energy in Switzerland.

The first phase will continue until the end of 2020, and the second phase until 2030.

Starting from the base year 2006, the actors’ aim is to increase energy efficiency by 25% by 2020. To this end, 39 joint measures from three action areas (buildings and renewable energy, mobility and data centres and Green IT) have been defined in an action plan. The measures are to be implemented to the tune of 80% by 2020. In addition, there are company-specific measures that each actor determines individually.

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Buildings and renewable energy
Measures for energy-efficient new and converted buildings, electric power and heat from renewable energy, green power and further measures.

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Measures to encourage use of public transport, promotion of mobile-flexible forms of work, charging stations for electric vehicles and further measures.

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Data centres and green IT
Highly energy-efficient data centres, waste heat recovery, re-use of appliances and other measures.

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Specific measures
Alternatively powered Postbuses, optimised railway point heating systems, continuous descent approach at Geneva Airport,
fresh air cooling in telephone exchanges, low-rolling-resistance tyres, photovoltaic installations and further measures.


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