Energy efficiency doesn’t just involve the habits and behaviour of individuals; technological progress is also key, and the canton of Vaud is a hotbed of energy innovation.

Alongside other countries committed to COP21 and the Paris Agreement, Switzerland faces a considerable challenge in reducing energy consumption over the coming years. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) will be a particularly steep test as the country is phasing out nuclear power and will have to make up the shortfall with other energy sources.

In this context, any reduction in energy consumption in Switzerland will not only help in the fight against global warming, it will help avoid an energy shortage and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign supplies. Energy efficiency is a major part of Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050.

The goal of energy efficiency is to reduce the energy consumption required for lighting, heating and travelling, allwhile maintaining a high level of service – a regular supply, secure infrastructures, and reliability in terms of equipment and service to individuals, companies and public institutions. Rather than simply increasing energy production, energy efficiency shifts the focus onto lowering consumption through technological innovation.

As far as energy innovation is concerned, the canton of Vaud is one of the best regions in Europe, offering researchers, entrepreneurs and investors an attractive framework thanks to the shared support of public authorities, the research sector, large companies and startups.

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