Energy Accounting of Municipal Buildings

Impact Analysis and Empirical Accompanying Research

What are the factors that induce municipalities to participate in programs that promote sustainability and energy efficiency

The Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 aims at reducing the annual energy consumption per person by 43 percent by the year 2035.

The PSI program "Zukunftsregion Novatlantis Argovia" helps Argovian municipalities to put the Energy Strategy into practice. In a first phase, the focus lies on rendering municipal buildings and infrastructure more energy efficient. Only few municipalities have data about how much energy their own buildings spend. That is why it is often impossible to take purposeful measures to save energy, which in turn results in inefficient spending.

That is where this research project – which is funded by the Hirschmann Foundation – comes in: Several municipalities will introduce energy accounting for municipal buildings and infrastructure and will test its practicability. Also, they will verify the suitability of various existing balancing methods.

The partaking municipalities will document relevant decision processes for the introduction of municipal energy accounting within the frame of the political discourse, government and expert committees. Furthermore, crucial success factors will be assessed.

Hence, the project objective is to learn about the success factors that are determining for the introduction of municipal energy accounting and to have them outlined by the end of the research project. Guidelines on how to contribute to the achievement of the Energy Strategy 2050 will be made available to the municipal authorities.


Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and novatlantis ¦ Sustainability in the ETH Domain. The Hirschmann Foundation funds the project with CHF 210,000.- until 2018.