The following measures require no changes in legislation and are not part of the legislative package of the Energy Strategy 2050 that is being debated by Parliament. They are already implemented under existing law.
Various actors have an important role to play in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies: these are the Federal Government, the cantons, the communes, enterprises, environmental and consumer organizations and, of course, the population. SwissEnergy is the central platform which keeps all the different actors informed and aware, networks them, coordinates them and facilitates the exchange of know-how.
With the help of pilot and demonstration projects, new technologies coming from research are tested in practice and announced. More funding is now available for these programmes. In addition, the so-called beacon programme has been started. Beacon projects are special demonstration projects carried out in a "transparent workshop". The aim is to develop a widespread appeal with new technologies and system solutions and so enable Switzerland's energy future to be experienced directly.
The Federal Administration and enterprises close to the public sector want to make a concrete contribution to Switzerland's energy future and play a model role in this area. In a declaration of intent they have stated that by the year 2020 they aim to increase their energy efficiency by 25%.