Switzerland has the lowest carbon-intensity of its energy supply among all IEA countries thanks to a largely carbon-free electricity sector dominated by hydro and nuclear generation. However, with the country’s 2017 decision to gradually phase-out nuclear power, Switzerland faces a considerable energy-sector transition in coming decades. Filling the gap left by nuclear power station closures while maintaining low-carbon generation and high standards of supply security will be challenging, according to the International Energy Agency’s review of Switzerland’s energy policies. Although the country’s Energy Strategy 2050 maps a way towards a low-carbon economy with higher energy efficiency and renewable energy sources replacing nuclear energy, more ambitious reforms in the energy sector are needed to address security of supply questions.
Modern Diplomacy 8th Oct 2018 read more »