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  • Norbert N. Vasen

Referendum CO2 in Switzerland

CO2 emissions are part of politics, because nobody in particular is responsible. Also in Switzerland, the people’s voice has to “adjust” market forces: according to “Switzerland aims to achieve «Net zero by 2050» in 30 years. But as early as 2030, it is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by 50 percent within the borders, as the revised CO2 law, which will be voted on in June, proposes.”

This has to be achieved in all sectors, most important industry, agriculture and transport. Big names are coming out now. The newspaper SonntagsBlick states: “Novartis, Swiss Re, Ikea, Siemens, Helvetia, Mobiliar, BASF, PwC and the Ammann Group also say Yes to the climate proposal, even if many of them would be served with a Nein (No). ETH climatologist Reto Knutti says «We cannot avoid a net zero target. Otherwise we will have to deal with shitstorms (=violent controversy), expensive fossil energy and maybe even lawsuits.»”.

My opinion is that at least 2 of these 3 sectors (industry, agriculture) can have a great benefit from their technical employees being more skilful in Energy Management. I see today a polarisation, in energy consuming organisations, between high in-house skills and absolute ignorance. I advocate the presence of medium level Energy Managers, which will bring great value with little effort. According the Pareto Rule of 80/20%.

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