2050Today - Climate Action


Climate action on Energy

Building energy consumption (thermal and electric) accounts for 40% of Switzerland’s total final energy consumption. This corresponds to a consumption of 90TWh per year. According to Geneva’s climate plan and associated cantonal carbon footprint, energy consumption of buildings is responsible for 40% of cantonal greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of land and air mobility (29%) and consumables (28%). 86% of total building emissions come from fossil heating consumption, and 14% come from electricity consumption. Therefore, reducing and decarbonising buildings’ energy consumption is key to safeguarding the future of our planet. In addition, embodied energy and corresponding indirect carbon emissions regarding new buildings as well as building transformation and renovation should not be forgotten, as they represent about a quarter of the total primary energy needed for the production and exploitation of the building and for users’ travel. Building demolition rather than renovation can also have a higher carbon footprint if the entire life cycle is considered. 2050Today desires to promote the incorporation of principles of energy sufficiency, using energy within the planetary boundaries into all aspects of the building(s)’ infrastructure, considering the quantity and quality of energy services required.

Sustainable Energy and Buildings Objectives

The 2050Today Charter recommends institutions to take action towards the following Sustainable Energy and Buildings objectives when defining their action plan.

1. Deploying sustainable energy systems

2. Improving energy efficiency

3. Reducing demand for Energy services

Energy self-diagnosis tool

To help you take action in a structured way, SIG-éco21 proposes a procedure based on a simple self-diagnosis tool.

Steps to follow

  1. Identify a person responsible for energy issues within the institution.
  2. Download the self-diagnosis tool and the completed template as an example to help you:
  3. Open the self-diagnosis tool (xlsm)

    Open the example template (xlsm)

  4. Complete the self-diagnosis tool, define your priorities and build your action plan. It is essential to involve your maintenance operators and subcontractors, as they know your facilities and will also be able to make proposals.
  5. Concerning the building’s operation, you can download the Swiss Energy sheets below to help you better define and prepare your future actions.
  6. Regarding awareness-raising and training for your employees, the SIG-éco21 sheets below (documents “7. Awareness-raising for employees” in French) will help you to pass on good practices. A word of advice: deal with one theme per week.


More information

Contact the SIG-éco21 teams: eco21.pme@sig-ge.ch

SIG source webpage in French

Energy efficiency and cost reduction – financial support for Geneva companies : Exceptional measures

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