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What are the impacts of the SwissEnergy programme on the economy, energy consumption and the environment? Do subsidies for solar installations yield the desired result? Do car-sharing schemes and Eco-Drive courses help protect the climate? What are the strengths and weaknesses of hydrogen research in Switzerland? Do electricity suppliers inform households (in accordance with the relevant legal provisions) about the way in which the delivered electricity is produced? And how do households react to this information? Or to formulate a somewhat more general question, do the various programmes and laws help us achieve our declared objectives, and are energy-policy measures being implemented correctly? Evaluation is one way to find answers to questions of this sort. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy started carrying out evaluations in the 1990s.

The legal basis for evaluation is the Energy Act, which obliges the Federal Council to periodically examine implemented measures, publish the results of its studies and report to Parliament. Furthermore, the provisions of Article 170 of the Swiss Federal Constitution also call for impact analyses.

Evaluations should draw attention to weak points and include recommendations concerning ways in which measures in the area of energy policy can be improved. This means that they function as both a control mechanism and a learning tool. At the same time, they should provide an assessment of the impacts of energy-policy actions and thus create transparency for the general public, Parliament and the Federal Council.

Please refer to our publications database for evaluation reports to date.

Related documents

Conditions governing calls for tenders
List of the evaluation reports
Evaluations 2017
Evaluations 2016
Evaluations 2015
Evaluations 2014
Evaluations 2013
Evaluations 2012
Evaluations 2010
Evaluations 2009
Evaluations 2008
Evaluations 2007
Evaluations 2006
Evaluations 2005
Evaluations 2004
Evaluations 2003
Evaluations 2002

Further information

Calls for tenders
General publications database
Contact: Sophie Perrin
Last update: 15.06.2017

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