Improving energy efficiency of companies contributes significantly to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Switzerland. The potential is considerable, since not all energy-saving measures, which could lead to savings, have yet been introduced in companies. If all such measures were introduced in trade and industry, energy consumption in these sectors would be around 15% lower (Energy Strategy 2050, first series of measures, Swiss Federal Office of Energy, 13 September 2012).
The SFOE supports the improvement of energy efficiency of companies through various activities in different fields. For example, the SFOE provides corporate consultants to encourage companies to commit to binding target systems. To achieve this goal, the SFOE works with the Swiss Cleantech agency, Cleantech Agentur Schweiz (act) and the energy agency for industry, Energie-Agentur der Wirtschaft (EnAW). Other activities include the development and dissemination of methods for process optimisation or the promotion of measures for the use of energy-efficient engines and equipment. In addition, the SFOE supports the cantons in the introduction and implementation of the cantonal products for large-scale energy consumers.