The activities of the SwissEnergy programme encompass the areas of sensitisation, information, advisory services, training and further education, quality assurance, networking and the promotion of progressive projects relating to energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. SwissEnergy works closely together with a variety of partners including cantons, municipalities and the private sector (companies, environmental and consumer organisations, agencies, etc.). The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is responsible for the operational management of the programme.
The programme was originally created by Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi under the name "Energy 2000", and in 2001 his successor, Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger, relaunched it and renamed it "SwissEnergy". In 2011, the programme entered its third decade of activity.