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.
Switzerland's final energy consumption increased by 1.5% in 2015 to 838,360 terajoules (TJ) compared to 2014. One significant reason for this was the cooler weather experienced in comparison to the preceding year. Despite this slight increase, the second lowest final energy consumption in the last 18 years (after 2014) was recorded in 2015.
In 2015 electricity consumption in Switzerland increased by 1.4% to 58.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). Domestic consumption (including losses occurring in transmission and distribution) was 62.6 billion kWh. Production at domestic power plants fell by 5.3% to 66.0 billion kWh, or 63.7 billion kWh after deduction of 2.3 billion kWh of electricity consumed by storage pumps. The electricity export surplus of 1.0 billion kWh in 2015 was 4.5 billion kWh lower than the previous year; this led to a decrease in the export trade balance in Swiss francs to 234 million francs in contrast to 442 million francs in 2014.
[ General Secretariat of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications; General Secretariat DETEC ]
In the course of a two-day working visit to London, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard held talks with UK Energy and Climate Minister, Amber Rudd and with Robert Goodwill, Minister of State at the Department of Transport. She also opened Cleantech Innovate 2016, at which Swiss companies were able to present their products.
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will make a two-day working visit to London from 10 to 11 February 2016. A meeting is planned with Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate of the United Kingdom, to discuss current questions in the field of energy and climate policy. The Head of DETEC will also open Cleantech Innovate 2016, in which six Swiss companies will present their technological innovations to more than 320 investors and representatives of the financial and political sectors.