Energy Act establishing the Energy Strategy 2050

Name of policy Energy Act establishing the Energy Strategy 2050
Jurisdiction Country
Supranational region
Country Switzerland
Region Europe

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
Type of policy instrument
  • Regulatory Instruments
    • Codes and standards
      • Vehicle fuel-economy and emissions standards
  • Policy support
    • Strategic planning
    Sector name
    • General
      Policy description The first set of measures in Energy Strategy 2050 aims at increasing energy efficiency in particular in the buildings sector through the Building Programme, and promoting the development of renewable energies.

      Under the new law no permits for the construction of new nuclear power plants or any basic changes to existing nuclear power plants will be delivered.

      Article 3 of the Energy Act contains targets to achieve a reduction in per capita energy consumption by 43% by 2035 below 2000 levels and a reduction in per capita electricity consumption of 13% below 2000 levels by 2035.

      To replace nuclear energy in the long-term and decrease electricity imports, the Energy Law also includes an indicative target for 11.4 TWh of domestically produced renewable energy (excluding hydro) by 2035 and 37.4 GWh in 2035 of hydropower.

      To accompany the increasing share of intermittent renewable energy (wind, solar) Switzerland plans to expand and restructure the transmission grids and pool power plants to ensure temporary power balancing, as well as storage and reserve capacities.

      Regarding the transport sector, and in line with the EU standards, the Energy Strategy 2050 includes CO2 emissions regulations for newly-registered vehicles that will decrease to 95 gCO2/km in passenger cars by 2020, and to 147 gCO2/km for utility vehicles and light semi-trailers

      (source: Climate Action Tracker)

      Policy type
      • Energy efficiency
      • Renewables
      • Nuclear or CCS or fuel switch3
      Policy stringency
      Implementation state Implemented
      Date of decision 2016
      Start date of implementation 2018
      End date of implementation
      High impact No
      Impact indicator

      Source or references
      Supports policies
      Is supported by policies
      Comments (background and assessment)
      Status Final

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