Europe is currently experiencing an energy crisis that poses a threat to countries’ stability and prosperity and is also changing the global balance of power. This is also having an effect on Switzerland. In addition to the need for decarbonization, which has been heavily discussed over the past few years, the security of energy supplies and their prices are currently the dominant issues.
A secure energy supply at competitive prices is absolutely essential for the Swiss technology industry to hold its own in a tough international environment. This is particularly true of electricity and natural gas, which together supply over 80 percent of Swissmem member companies’ energy needs.
The industrial sector not only consumes energy, it also provides solutions for a secure, sustainable global energy supply. By exporting its climate-friendly products, the industry helps to reduce the worldwide carbon footprint. The companies in the technology sector are also continually improving the energy-efficiency of their own production processes, thus making a key contribution to conserving resources in Switzerland.
Swissmem has a range of programmes to support its members in this area. It also campaigns for a political framework that will strengthen Switzerland’s position as a centre for research and development and thus support the development of climate-friendly products.