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Our participants significantly outperformed the target with a total reduction of 25 per cent

he first CO₂ law remained in force until the end of 2012 and committed the business sector to a 15 per cent CO₂ reduction compared to 1990. Our participants significantly outperformed the target with a total reduction of 25 per cent. Last year's focus of attention was the transition to the 2013-2020 period covered by the new CO₂ law.

The EnAW was again tasked by the Federal Government to advise and support Swiss enterprises during the period covered by the new law, in preparing, implementing and monitoring target agreements and with respect to exemption from the CO2 tax.

The EnAW has been operating since 2001 as a non-profit association with costs being covered by annual contributions. Thanks this long-standing experience and to major efforts on the part of our more than 2600 participants, the transition to the new legislative period was smooth. For more than three years we have taken the utmost care in preparing the transition for our participants to the new target agreement period. Some 3 million Swiss francs were invested in IT alone over this period so that the new CO2 legislation can be mapped to a completely web-based tool capable of implementing the network surcharge exemption expected in 2014 and changes to the energy law.

The absence of any «implementation gap» during the transitional phase is also to the credit of our moderators and SME consultants, who serve our participants each day with commitment and passion. Now some 80 strong, the team has been undergoing accreditation and continuing training since September 2013 by means of a procedure developed by the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR). We can proudly state that our specialists are the real capital of the EnAW.

The new CO2 Act lays out the Federal Government’s climate policy goals. By 2020 Switzerland aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent as compared to 1990. Business is also doing its part by cutting its CO2 emissions thanks to the effect of target agreements and CO2 taxes. To avoid being at a competitive disadvantage to European competitors, CO2 or energy-intensive companies may be exempted from the tax. In return, they commit to CO2 and efficiency targets.

The EnAW guarantees the cost-effective implementation of this commitment. As a partner for cost-effective climate protection and energy efficiency we will continue to implement the CO2 and energy legislation with commitment so as to ensure that companies in Switzerland and the Swiss economy as a whole meet their CO2 and energy efficiency targets for the 2013 to 2020 period. If the transition to the post-2020 period is to be seamless, the necessary groundwork must be laid in good time.