Field of action

Environmental protection, natural resources and energy

Switzerland makes use of the opportunities of digitalisation by creating good general conditions for increased resource efficiency and improved security of supply, cost-efficiency and the environmental compatibility of the energy supply system. The production and consumption of electrical and electronic products and services are constantly growing. It is essential to limit to the socially desirable minimum the environmental and social effects by taking appropriate measures. ICT resource efficiency must therefore be further optimised. However, above all, ICT must assist in a targeted way to reduce consumption of resources in other areas.
Switzerland consistently takes measures to increase ICT resource and process efficiency, in order to reduce the negative effects on the climate and the environment. These include the targeted use of ICT, building up know-how specific to professions, new forms of funding and adaptations in the public procurement system. Digital products and services are being designed sustainably and produced cost-effectively in terms of technical challenges, health aspects, resource-saving aspects and energy consumption. In the case of long-term investments, an attempt is being made to consider their entire life cycle, so that investment, environmental impact and efficiency can be balanced.
Energy supply and the energy industry will become smarter, more flexible, more efficient and more sustainable thanks to the use of ICT. The technologies are being used to master the increasing complexity which results from the transition to the increased use of renewable energy sources. Digitalisation enables cost savings, e.g. via higher degrees of automation. The efficiency of the energy system as a whole is being continuously improved through new instruments, business models and transparency. Automated processes are well established in the energy industry. High availability and quality of data, as well as simplified access to information, allow new value-added services. The opportunities of digitalisation to increase flexibility, i.e. active control of production, decentralised storage and consumption, are being exploited and coordinated between participants and infrastructures (electricity, gas and heat) for stable, reliable and efficient operation.

Contribution of the field of action to the UN's sustainable development goals

Objectives [ 4 ]
The resource consumption of digitalisation is optimised

Switzerland's inhabitants are being informed about the opportunities and risks of digitalisation in relation to the consumption of resources. The life span of digitalised products must be extended, not deliberately shortened. Consideration must be given a...

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3 Measures
The energy supply system is efficient, secure and reliable

Energy production and energy consumption are becoming increasingly easier to control, flexible and smart, thanks to the use of digital tools. On the basis of digital tools, the energy economy must be able to better link together the construction industry,...

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6 Measures
The use of resources and energy is more efficient and more sustainable

Resource consumption can be limited and energy can be used more efficiently through the use of digital platforms, the use of data and the application of artificial intelligence. One prerequisite is data infrastructures in the energy sector on which applic...

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2 Measures
The basis for calculating environmental assessments has been improved

Digitalisation allows new possibilities in the sphere of protection of the climate and the environment. To enable digital technologies to be used more, and in a more targeted fashion, to reduce energy and materials consumption in all areas of life and wor...

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0 Measures