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.