MO.1.C || Achieving Sustainability Goals on the Regional, National and International Level

Kellenberger, Daniel; Lucio, Susanna

Swiss Energy Strategy stipulates that the average (final) energy consumption per capita and year should be reduced by 43% by 2035 compared to the level in 2000. With the ratification of the Paris climate agreement, Switzerland has also set itself the goal of halving its CO2 emissions by 2030. The corresponding CO2 law is about to be introduced. But how can this top-down approach be implemented on regional/municipal level and by means of which instruments? The vision of a 2000-watt society pursues these goals. It’s an energy policy vision that combines the national efficiency targets of the Energy Strategy 2050 with the international climate targets of Paris 2015. The goals correspond to a max. primary energy demand of 2000 watts per person and a max. of 0 ton CO2-eq per person by 2050. Several municipalities and regions in Switzerland have committed themselves to the ambitious goals of the 2000-Watt-Society. The vision offers tools for different actors and application areas. As for the municipalities energy balancing frameworks and concepts of actions are available. Private persons can calculate the impact of their life model via different calculators such as the ecospeed-tool. The «Science Based Targets Initiative» supports the industry sector in defining own reduction targets. Finally, the SIA (Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects) “Energy Path of Efficiency” (or 2000-Watt-Buildings) – equally derived from the 2000-Watt Society by using its reduction path – indicates planners and architects the max. primary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, per m2 heated floor area and specific building category. Regarding larger district/site projects, the “Energy Path of Efficiency» serves equally as basis for the 2000-Watt-Site Certificate. This integrated approach and recognised label awards entire settlement areas with sustainable use of resources and efforts aimed at climate protection. To conclude, there are a wide range of practice-oriented instruments.