By way of comparison, enterprises without a target agreement have only cut their CO2emissions by about 15 per cent.
Our consultants have done a tremendous job since 2013. With great dedication they have worked out existing and new target agreements in keeping with the new provisions of law. It was observed in the process that a target agreement required a considerably greater effort by comparison with 2012. This was so not only for the EnAW but also for our customers, in particular for small and medium-size enterprises. Hence, despite the early adaptation of the tried and tested tools, it took a long time to rework all target agreements with the companies. At the end of 2014 we had completed some 1,300 of altogether 1,850 target agreements.
Since 2014, some 100 energy-intensive companies have also been able to apply for a refund of the network surcharge (KEV) through target agreements. The 98 hotels in the Canton of Graubünden are also optimistic, and together they aim to save more than 18,000 tonnes of CO2. The commitment of various partners such as power companies or the UBS was instrumental in motivating well over a hundred SMEs to sign up to voluntary target agreements.
The current legislation supports the binding target agreement model, which was developed independently by the business sector in the first place. And rightly so, as the Swiss business sector has contributed substantially to lowering CO2 emissions and stabilizing power consumption in Switzerland. Our energy management system is even being “copied” abroad. It has strengths that are needed to realize the still considerable savings potential also in the future. Because it provides the right incentives for companies, a target agreement is economically and environmentally superior to a pure incentive tax. We therefore hope that the use of such agreements will be expanded rather than curtailed in the future. That would make it possible to achieve Switzerland’s climate and energy targets in an efficient, cost-effective and partnership-based manner.
We remain committed and look forward to implementing the measures for the current period.
Ruedi Minsch, President Armin Eberle, Managing Director