Energy Transition

Switzerland pursues an ambitious energy strategy which will be implemented until 2050. One of its main aims is the phase-out of nuclear power.

Solar panel next to a mountian hut in winter
Solar panel on an alpine hut on the Tschentenalp, above Adelboden © Hanspeter Baertschi

Energy supply in Switzerland is at a turning point. Following the nuclear reactor accident in Fukushima in 2011, the federal government devised a new national energy strategy which will be implemented until 2050. It is based on three pillars: more energy-efficient buildings, machinery and transport, increased use of renewables, especially hydropower, and the phase-out of nuclear power. Any supply shortfalls will be covered by electricity from fossil fuels and by imports.

The aim of this new strategy is a 3% reduction in per capita energy consumption by 2020 and a 13% reduction on 2000 levels by 2035. Measures will include the decommissioning of Switzerland’s five nuclear power plants by the end of their operating life, the upgrading of the electricity grids, a rise in the CO2 levy, and the extension of the energy-efficient buildings’ programme.