Switzerland goes digital to save energy - motivated by regulation or green corporate policies

Industrials in the country of chocolate and watches seek new technology solutions in order to make their production more environmentally friendly and efficient. During the Energy Class Factory in Lausanne, METRON learned that their motivations include corporate social responsibility strategies, but also necessity to comply with Swiss regulations.

In line with trends in the developed world, Swiss energy regulators at federal and cantonal levels encourage companies to consume less or consume greener. And given the fact that in Switzerland around 25 % of energy is used in the manufacturing industry,  there is no surprise that factories are in the regulators’ spotlight.

As an example we can mention the first audit of subsidized audits in French-speaking Switzerland, in Geneva. The New Offer of Electricity (NOE) program took place between 2004 and 2011 and was to reduce electricity consumption of sites consuming more than 1 GWh of electricity per year and provided financial subsidies in order to motivate industrial sites to make energy efficiency improvements.


Another interesting cantonal law is the one passed in 2016 in Lausanne which concerns specifically electricity consumers over 0,5 GWh a year or 5 GWh of heat. These sites, which are roughly 600 in the concerned canton, are obliged by law to undertake energy efficiency measures and fix specific objectives directly with its cantonal administration or the federal government. The industrials are tied by production-related KPI. Newest federal law related to the energy efficiency is the New Energy Law, approved by the parliament in 2016 and by a referendum in 2017. While not mentioning industrials the regulation provides specific measures to use energy more efficiently and support the use of renewables.

Various industrial groups, such as Nestlé in Switzerland, have been implementing sustainable development policies for decades. For example Nestlé started more than 20 years ago and its efforts are well rewarded: every year it ranks at top positions of the Environmental Performance Index. Recently it has been seeking for digital solutions which can make their food manufacturing even more sustainable on a continuous basis.

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No matter the motivation, the overall economic, technology and social trends motivate Swiss industrials to seek new ways of how to save energy. And during the Energy Class Factory the years 2016 and 2017 were marked as those which make them start looking for digital solutions, such as that of METRON.

After a day of exchanges with representatives of various industries in French speaking Switzerland, we were pleased to see how appealing was the METRON-EVA Factory to them. They appreciated the simple set up of the solution (less than 3 months), ability to achieve quantifiable savings during a long-term collaboration and the possibility to prove regulatory compliance and decrease in CO2 emissions. As so, our digital platform helps industrials to achieve both their sustainability and regulatory goals with minimal investment and fast payback.


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