This evening, 10 January 2019, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy is awarding the prestigious Swiss Watt d'Or Energy Prize for the twelfth time. The golden winners in 2019 are: DEPsys SA along with IBB Energie AG (Energy Technology category), dhp technology AG together with IBC Energie Wasser Chur (Renewable Energies category), BLS AG jointly with the University of Basel (Energy-efficient Mobility category), the Habitat Foundation in association with ADEV Energy Cooperative (Buildings and Space category), and Empa and Eawag with dransfeldarchitekten ag (Special Transition Prize). The Watt d'Or trophy - a snow globe - will be presented to the winners this evening by the distinguished jury headed by Councillor of State Pascale Bruderer at the Kongresszentrum Kursaal in Bern. Hundreds of representatives of Switzerland's energy scene, including politicians, business people and researchers, will be present as always.
The second China-Swiss Energy Working Group Meeting will take place in China from 18 to 23 November 2018. Benoît Revaz, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, will lead the Swiss delegation. The Federal Council has granted him the title of State Secretary for the duration of the meeting. Delegates on both sides include representatives from business, science and administration.
By implementing a consequent efficiency strategy, companies can save a lot of energy and money. The initiative "The Confederation: exemplary in energy" proves this. It incorporates the civil federal administration, the DDPS, the ETH Domain and the state-owned entities Swiss Post, SBB, Skyguide and Swisscom. Since 2017, Genève Aéroport and, since this year, Services Industriels de Genève (SIG) and Suva are also part of the initiative. They have all signed a joint declaration of intent with the aim of increasing energy efficiency by 25% by 2020 compared to the base year 2006. By the end of 2017, they had improved their energy efficiency by an average of 27.6% and implemented 79% of the planned joint measures. This is shown in the annual report published today. At an event at the Othmarsingen Army Logistics Centre today, the Group is providing information about its experiences and future plans. This also includes motivating other public organisations or companies to join the club of energy role models.
Switzerland's final energy consumption fell by 0.4% in 2017 to 849,790 terajoules (TJ) compared to 2016. One significant reason for the decline in consumption was the slightly warmer weather experienced compared to that year.
At 58.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), electricity consumption in Switzerland in 2017 was slightly higher than that for 2016 (+0.4%). Domestic production (after deduction of electricity consumed by storage pumps) was 57.3 billion kWh. The physical electricity import surplus was 5.6 billion kWh.
Much energy and large sums of money can be saved by implementing a consequent efficiency strategy. This has been proven by the group The Confederation: exemplary in energy. The group incorporates the civil federal administration, the DDPS, the ETH Domain and the state-owned entities Swiss Post, SBB, Skyguide, and Swisscom; and now the first public company from one of the cantons is joining the group, Geneva airport. The parties have all signed a joint declaration of intent with the aim of increasing energy efficiency by 25% by 2020 compared to base year 2006. The results for 2016 indicate that the group takes its role model status seriously. Energy efficiency within the group has been improved by 27%, and 72% of the planned measures have been implemented. Today, at the premises of new partner Geneva Airport, the group will provide information about past experiences and plans for the future. The aim too is to encourage further public entities and organisations or companies to join the club of energy role models.
Switzerland's final energy consumption increased by 1.9% in 2016 to 854,300 terajoules (TJ) compared to 2015. One significant factor in the increase was the cooler weather experienced compared to that year. Other contributory factors were the positive developments in the economy and the continuing population growth.
At 58.24 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), electricity consumption in Switzerland in 2016 remained at almost the same level as in 2015 (-0.01%). Domestic production (after deduction of electricity consumed by storage pumps) was 58.7 billion kWh. The electricity import surplus was 3.9 billion kWh. For the first time ever a negative foreign trade balance of 145 million Swiss francs was recorded over the entire calendar year.
On September 7, 2016, Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard and Director-General William D. Magwood, IV from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) will open the 10th National Workshop of the Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) in Bern, Switzerland. National and international participants from 14 countries - including ten young people between the ages of 16 and 25 - will explore how sustainable decisions can be developed in radioactive waste management.
By the end of 2015 the civil federal administration, the DDPS, the ETH Domain, and the parastatal entities Swiss Post, SBB, Skyguide and Swisscom, had all improved their energy efficiency by 26.7% over 2006, the base year for measurement. They are thus providing proof of the role model function they undertook to fulfil in a joint declaration of intent issued in 2014.