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Dr. Stefan Hirschberg
Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen

Challenges of the new Swiss Energy Policy

Donnerstag 21. April 2016, um 19:30 Uhr
ETH Hauptgebäude Hörsaal HG G5, Rämistrasse 101

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Uncertain future of electricty demand in Switzerland: The predictions of different studies differ over a wide range (Quelle PSI)

The new Swiss energy policy aims at an ambitious transformation of the Swiss energy supply.

Specifically, the current government energy strategy 2050, released in September 2012, foresees the reduction of the energy consumption by 50%, stabilization at the current level or even reduction of electricity consumption, reduction of per capita CO2-emissions by 70% and gradual phase out of the Swiss nuclear power plants providing today about 40% of the Swiss electricity supply.

The presentation will address the goals of energy policy in view of current trends and projected developments affecting energy consumption. The focus will be on electricity supply.

Examples of comparative inter-disciplinary assessments of technology performance with regard to environmental, economic and risk criteria will be provided, demonstrating strengths and weaknesses of various technological options. Recent supply scenarios reflecting impact of uncertainties (such as electricity demand, policies, prices, technology development) will be elaborated including implications for the overall costs and Greenhouse Gas emissions. Optionally, if time allows, core insights from assessments of future mobility options and from modeling of global energy scenarios will be provided.


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