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Meaningfully re-using used hardware

At the annual event on 12 June 2019 the ten actors of the Exemplary in energy initiative presented their measures of the past year. In 2018, the actors increased their energy efficiency by an average of 2.6 percentage points to 30.2% compared to the previous year.

For more information, see the 2018 annual report.

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In-house awareness-raising as a key issue

Pius Breu, Head of the Personnel Policy Projects and Diversity division at the Federal Office of Personnel FOPER, describes in an interview (PDF, 1 MB, 04.07.2018) what the Federal Administration expects to achieve in terms of energy from mobile, flexible forms of work.

What's it about?


The Confederation: exemplary in energy initiative is one of twelve measures in the first package of the Energy Strategy 2050. It is aimed at companies closely linked to the federal government and the cantons who want to operate in an innovative and exemplary manner in the field of energy. By signing a declaration of intent, they undertake to make an ambitious contribution to increasing energy efficiency and expanding use of renewable energy in Switzerland.

Starting from the base year 2006, the actors’ aim is to increase energy efficiency by 25% by 2020. To this end, 39 joint measures from three action areas (buildings and renewable energy, mobility and data centres and Green IT) have been defined in an action plan. The measures are to be implemented to the tune of 80% by 2020. In addition, there are company-specific measures that each actor determines individually.

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Buildings and renewable energy
Measures for energy-efficient new and converted buildings, electric power and heat from renewable energy, green power and further measures.

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Measures to encourage use of public transport, promotion of mobile-flexible forms of work, charging stations for electric vehicles and further measures.

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Data centres and green IT
Highly energy-efficient data centres, waste heat recovery, re-use of appliances and other measures.

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Specific measures
Alternatively powered Postbuses, optimised railway point heating systems, continuous descent approach at Geneva Airport,
fresh air cooling in telephone exchanges, low-rolling-resistance tyres, photovoltaic installations and further measures.


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