Various studies initiated by the Federal Office for the Environment show that enterprises with target agreements display much greater awareness of the issue than others. We already demonstrated this at the end of the first Kyoto period – enterprises with target agreements had reduced CO2 emissions by 25 per cent, thereby considerably outperforming all other peer groups.
This success is borne out not by this figure alone, but also by behavioural economics. A study by FehrAdvice shows that companies are prompted to act by a combination of various regulatory options and more particularly a mix of analysis, an incentive tax and an option of exemption.
Coming closer to climate and energy targets will call for both favourable framework conditions and the commitment of enterprises. But just as crucial to success are smooth implementation within enterprises, the support of competent EnAW consultants, as well as instruments that facilitate the work of enterprises to the extent possible. The EnAW has been engaged with these latter aspects for the past 15 years.
The accomplishments of the over 3600 companies now participating in our energy management scheme are encouraging. Again in 2015, over 200 new companies decided to draw up their target agreement jointly with us. At the end of 2015, thanks to the measures being implemented since 2013, all EnAW participants were already recording total annual energy savings of over 1500 gigawatt hours or 290 000 tonnes of CO2.
This should be an example as well as motivation to continue to provide the right incentives through effective, tried and tested instruments, and to ensure that climate protection goes hand-in-hand with preserving the competitiveness of enterprises. Our goal is to keep business activity in Switzerland and to produce as efficiently as possible.
These positive experiences should factor into the discussion of the new CO2 law for the post-2020 period. All companies in Switzerland are directly or indirectly engaged in global competition. In the future they should therefore again be free to choose whether they would like to save energy or pay taxes.
Rudolf Minsch, President Armin Eberle, Managing Director