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SwissEnergy Programme
in Switzerland

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The SwissEnergy programme was launched by the Swiss federal government in 2001.

It replaces the Energy 2000 Action Plan which ended in 2000. The programme’s principal objectives are to promote efficient energy use and the use of renewable energy, support Switzerland’s energy and climate policy goals through concrete measures, and thus to ensure a sustainable energy supply.

SwissEnergy’s main function is as a provider of incentives and as an instrument for implementing a clearly defined and credible Swiss energy policy. To achieve the set targets the programme is relying on a broadly based network in which all participants in the energy and climate policy act in coherence.

Its activities are carried out in partnership with about 30 organisations. They include cantons and municipalities, plus industrial, consumer and environmental associations. Its management (co-ordination, control and marketing) is the responsibility of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

The partner organisations fall into two groups: cantonal energy desks implement cantonal programmes, while industry and trade associations, consumer associations, NGOs and municipalities are in charge of sectoral programmes at the national level. These programmes comprise areas such as building codes and standards, voluntary agreements to avoid the CO2 tax, promoting energy-efficient appliances and improving car fleet efficiency

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