20 May 2008

SWISS ENERGY POLICY: ACHIEVEMENTS, OUTLOOK AND ROLE OF HEAT PUMPING TECHNOLOGIES


The Swiss energy policy became a new impulse on January 2007. The
government decided to focus on 4 pillars:
• Higher efficiency
• Increase use of renewable energies
• Build new power plants if necessary
• More foreign policy, especially with the EU
2008 is an important year: the tax on CO2 was introduced on combustibles and the new
federal electricity supply act entered in force on the 1st of January. The electricity market will
be progressively opened to consumers, step by step. It introduces also the cost-covering
remuneration for the input into the network of electricity produced from renewable energy
sources. An annual sum of around 320 million Swiss francs has been budgeted for this
purpose.
The goals for 2020 are set: share of renewable energies should be increased of 50%, the
consumption of fossil energies should be reduced of 20% and the electricity consumption
should not increase more than 5%.
Heat pumps in the heating sector will play a key role among the renewables. The
development of the past 15 years under the umbrella of the program SwissEnergy of the
federal office of energy will be continued. The potential of heat pumps is a reduction of the
fossil energy consumption – and also CO2 – of 10% by 2020.