The main focus of the activities of SwissEnergy is on buildings, renewable energy, mobility, the industry and services sectors, electrical appliances, cities and municipalities, training and further education, and communication. It is making significant contributions towards the following objectives in particular:
- General reduction of end energy consumption by improving energy efficiency in the areas of motor fuels, combustibles and electricity.
- Reduction of CO2 emissions and the consumption of fossil energy by at least 20 percent by 2020 versus the 1990 level.
- Increase in the proportion of renewable energy to overall energy consumption by at least 50 percent between 2010 and 2020. The increase in electricity demand is to be met through renewable energy to the greatest possible extent.
The decision by the Federal Council to withdraw from the use of nuclear energy on a step-by-step basis means that the objectives of SwissEnergy will gain in importance, and the programme will therefore play a significant role in the restructuring of Switzerland's energy supply in the coming decades.