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Results EEG Workshop Switzerland

1 December 2017

Geneva, 30 November: Between September and November 2017, WBCSD, in partnership with Climate-KIC BTA, organized an EEG workshop in Zurich, Switzerland, that brought together around 150 stakeholders of the building value chain. Participants included material manufacturers and construction companies, financial organizations as well as Zurich cities authorities and local policy makers.

The draft action plan was presented today during a plenary session at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) on 30 November.

The EEG workshop aims to contribute to the City of Zurich’s goal of a “2,000-Watt Society” by 2050, the City’s model for sustainable energy use that covers key areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energies and sustainable buildings (today, Zurich consumes around 5,000 watts of primary energy per resident).

Ahead of the EEG workshop, the local coordinator, TEP Energy, prepared a market and policy review in the Zurich context together with a scoping document to frame the key issues to discuss but also identify the key stakeholders to involve in the workshop.

The EEG workshop took place in three steps: in September, participants analyzed market barriers through interviews; in October, they came up with solutions to the identified challenges through roundtable discussions before reporting back on results during the plenary on 30 November.

The resulting action plan is articulated around five main themes:

  • policy (legal requirements of buildings, labels and standards);
  • building management and performance guarantee;
  • financing models;
  • shared economy models (incl. own-power producing communities); and
  • long-term planning approaches.

For each theme, the participants of the EEG workshop recommended a series of measures and identified the stakeholders best positioned to take up the actions (policy-makers, business, financial institutions etc.).

Stakeholders who are interested in the implementation of actions have been invited to join a EEG platform which will coordinate the next steps.

Please contact Martin Jakob, TEP Energy, coordinator of the initiative in Zurich to receive the draft report and learn how to engage.

In parallel to the EEG Workshop, and, in order to tackle the national scale, a country-wide study has been developed; Climate-KICs Building Market Brief. It identifies the market potential of bringing the Swiss building stock to current carbon targets.

The Building Market Brief (BMB) relies on a national survey among all value chain stakeholders related to energy-related decisions, analysing their drivers and barriers. In addition, the market potential of a climate-neutral building park is evaluated. The BMB provides important data and facts, trends in construction and building technology, and information on the influence of regulatory developments in building requirements and labels in Switzerland.

The Swiss Building Market Brief and the final EEG Workshop report will be available by early 2018. The market & policy review and the scoping documents are already available online (in German).

The EEG workshop is part of a global initiative led by WBCSD to galvanize local action on energy efficiency in buildings. The stakeholders’ engagement approach has been piloted in 10 cities globally between 2014-2016. In 2017, WBCSD has partnered with Climate-KIC to bring the initiative to Zurich and Paris/Ile-de-France.

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