The Exemplary Energy and Climate initiative invites its own members and companies, organizations, cantons, towns, cities and municipalities to adopt some of the joint measures and to adapt them to their own needs and areas of activity.

Those who are interested will find here implementation-oriented information sheets on good practice, along with tools that will help them to implement measures. The instruments are classified by action areas and measures.

Life Cycle Cost Tool (LCC Tool)

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This Excel tool can be used to determine the life cycle costs of vehicles, ICT devices and heating systems. This allows CO2 savings and environmental impact points to be shown at the same time.

Buildings and renewable energies

Measure no. 01: Energy-efficient new and converted buildings

The photo shows two buildings at Europaallee in Zurich, where SBB Real Estate is constructing according to the DGNB standard.

Europaallee in Zurich up to the DGNB standard
In Zurich, SBB Real Estate is constructing three buildings in sector H of the new Europaallee district, for completion by 2016. They are planned according to the DGNB Gold Certificate, which has been adapted to Switzerland. All aspects of sustainability – economic, ecological and social – are taken into account to the highest extent in this construction project.

2000-Watt Sites SBB factsheets

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Site development entails very specific opportunities and challenges for energy-efficient construction. With the development throughout Switzerland of 2000-Watt Sites, SBB Real Estate is seizing those opportunities together with the local authorities. Each factsheet describes the site’s characteristics and features, analyses target achievement in terms of the 2000-Watt catalogue of criteria, and contains project data, facts and contact information.

Exemplary Energy and Climate: Building standards

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The Exemplary Energy and Climate Office has for the first time surveyed the minimum building standards defined by the actors. Many of them use established labels and certificates.

Measure no. 2: Analyses of potential of waste heat and renewable energies

The photo shows a part of the cooling circuit, which today also serves as a waste heat source.

Utilization of own waste heat at the PSI
Today the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) can meet half of its heat requirement with waste heat from its own installations on the site. This share should rise to 75% by integrating further installations, which is made possible by making adjustments to the heating system.

Measure no. 03: No new fossil-fuel powered heating systems

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Tool for variants: Energy systems of the City of Zurich
The tool serves to make a comparison of variants between different energy supply systems that are possible for a building. The comparison of variants is made in the pre-study or at the beginning of the pre-project phase and serves as a basis for the decision to install a system. Up to four system variants can be compared with one another and be documented.

Measure no. 05: Energy-efficient lighting

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Guideline on lighting at the Zurich University Hospital
The Zurich University Hospital (USZ) notes in its guideline on lighting that it is imperative to adhere to the required objectives with regard to sustainability and energy efficiency in matters relating to natural and artificial light. The guideline sets various targets for this purpose.

For all measures in the action area Buildings and renewable energies

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Recommendation on building technology
The Coordination Conference of Building and Real Estate services of public building owners KBOB – the association of public building owners in Switzerland – has issued a general recommendation on building technology. KBOB recommendations lay down the general standard in the technical area concerned that should be applied to buildings owned by KBOB members.


Measure no. 15: Promoting mobile-flexible forms of work

The photo shows a man travelling by train and holding a portable computer.

Work Smart
In order to promote flexible forms of work, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), together with other Swiss employers, have launched the Work Smart initiative. One of the initiative’s main activities is the publication of a charter. By signing it, SBB has committed to promoting flexible forms of work in its own company.

Data centers and Green IT

Measure no. 31: Highly-energy-efficient data centers

The photo shows the hybrid recooling units on the roof of the Wankdorf RC.

Free cooling for premises with electronic equipment
In terms of energy efficiency, Swisscom’s new data center is way above average, having a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) value of 1.2. Its high efficiency is attained primarily by means of the new free cooling process. In Switzerland, the process can be utilized all year round for all information and communication technology equipment.

Measure 33: Encouraging server virtualization in data centers

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With the Cloud platform Atlantica, BIT has built a private cloud for the Federal Administration. As from July, the administrative units can configure and order virtual Windows or Linux servers via a self-service portal.

Measure 34: Bundling of data centers / Outsourcing of IT services

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Swisscom offers Cloud and Data Center solutions for the customers’ different requirements. Since Swisscom relies on highly-efficient data centers and sources 100% renewable energy to operate them, energy and CO2 can be saved by utilizing such IT services. 

Measure 37: Promotion of economy mode at computer workstations

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The Federal Administration has adopted various information and communication technology (ICT) standards, including Standard P026: Standard on environmental criteria in the operation of standard IT devices (workstations, mobile PCs, screens, printers/multifunctional devices). Of particular interest are the devices’ energy option settings.