Energy efficiency best way to reliable future, says Siemens

Gerlach SiemensZurich, 15 January 2014 Energy efficiency is the best way to achieve a reliable and sustainable energy supply in future, said Siemens Switzerland CEO Siegfried Gerlach at the 13th edition of the Lifefair Forum.

Clear actions are needed to realize energy efficiency potentials, especially in Switzerland, he said. These actions will turn into economic benefits and lead to reduction of climate change impacts. He presented the European Green City Index (developed by Siemens), which assesses the environmental impact of Europe’s major cities.

In the panel discussion representatives from stakeholder groups such as Credit Suisse, EnAW (Swiss business initiative for energy efficiency), and WWF Switzerland discussed how to promote and implement energy efficiency in Switzerland. Accessible information about the financial benefits was seen as very important, in particular for the private sector.

The next Lifefair Forum will be on work-life-balance, to be held in Zurich, 3 April, 2014. For more information about this and future Lifefair Forum events visit

Read here the report of the Swiss Business Federation Economiesuisse (German language only).

The World Resources Forum has made a factsheet about energy efficiency in Switzerland, together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and Empa. It can be downloaded here (PDF, German language only).