Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2008
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Agency:Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

In September 2007, the federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications released an action plan on energy efficiency comprising 15 measures. It proposes to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 20% by 2020 and to cap electricity demand growth at 5% betweeen 2010 and 2020.

The action plans underwent public consultation until mid October. It is possible that financing will be secured through part of the revenues from the CO2 tax on stationary fuels, introduced in 2008.

Measures address:

  • buildings (including a national refurbishment programme 2010-2020 and related fiscal incentives, strengthening of building codes, the introduction of a building certificate);
  • vehicles (including the development of an agreement with importers to reduce average fleet emissions to 130 g/km by 2012, and a feebate system on car purchase and registration taxes by 2010);
  • appliances (including the introduction (phased) of a ban on low appliance and motor categories);
  • industry (including the development of a proposed energy efficiency tariff schemes, conservation quotas and certificates for utilities).
  • public procurement; and
  • RD&D, training and information dissemination.

The plan was approved by the Government in February 2008; legal and regulatory implementation work is underway.


In 2011, the government took a decision to gradually phase-out nuclear power as the existing plants reach the end of their lifetimes.

In order to narrow the projected supply/demand gap (nuclear power currently generates 40% of electricity), Switzerland will seek new energy efficiency measures that will be defined in a revised Energy Efficiency Action Plan. The goal is to decrease per capita energy consumption by 35% by 2035 compared to 2000, with a broad set of measures targetting mostly fossil energies in the building and transport sectors.

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