Switzerland gets going with the recycling of construction waste

Between 70 and 80 million tonnes of construction materials are needed every year throughout Switzerland. Around 10 percent of this requirement – 9.3 million tonnes – is met by recycled building materials. However, considerable potential still exists in this area. The advantages are obvious.

“The digital transformation is the new green economy”

Swiss innovations can make a major contribution to increasing the resource efficiency of the global economy. Ruedi Noser, a member of the upper house of the Swiss parliament, the Council of States, appeals for greater courage... more

How a Zurich start-up facilitates climate-friendly portfolios

Climate change could generate billions in costs for investors. However, concrete information about this is very scarce. Zurich start-up Carbon Delta collects the corresponding data and process them for use by portfolio managers... more

Sustainability has become a matter for the bosses

Sustainability and resource efficiency have become drivers of innovation for many companies. As the Swiss Green Economy Forum showed, this process gives rise to new products, services and business models. Considerable unexploited potential still exists in this area... more

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Sustainable Neighbourhoods: Models for Tomorrow’s Switzerland

The Swiss population is growing but the available living space remains the same. How can Switzerland prevent the negative impacts of this development? Sustainable neighbourhoods show how this can be done, and are in greater demand... more

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Beating the traffic in gondola lifts – a possible solution for Switzerland?

Cities are discovering the advantages of cable railways for themselves. They add a resource-conserving option to the modal transport mix and fill gaps in the network. Cable railway projects are sprouting up all over the world and the debate surrounding their use... more

When resource efficiency generates innovation

The best innovations are those from which the economy, consumers and the environment benefit. The hydroculture greenhouse in Oftringen in the canton of Aargau has clearly set itself this objective... more

Every product has an optimal life cycle

Buy, use, throw away – the cycle that drives the consumer society turns ever faster. People who try to slow down this dynamic see... more

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Video: Brewing beer and protecting resources? A visit to a large brewery in Switzerland

Beer is very popular in Switzerland. Brewed from pure water, hops and malt, it contains only natural ingredients... play video

Shoulder to shoulder with the natural environment

The food trade is an integral part of our everyday lives. Moreover, food accounts for over 25 percent of Switzerland’s environmental impacts. The WWF’s environmental rating system aims to demonstrate how
the sector’s biggest players are working to protect the environment... more


Shoulder to shoulder with the natural environment

The concept of a green economy is a modern one. However, due to economic pressures, a sparing approach to scarce resources has always been part of everyday life in the Alpine region. In many cases, what appears to represent an ideal today amounts to the ‘green economy’ of yesteryear... more

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Companies reduce their CO2 emissions

The international community will strive to find solutions for reducing CO2 emissions at the 21st United Nations climate conference, which takes place... more

Protecting the climate over lunch

Eating is a question of taste. But CO2 doesn’t have a taste. The clever combining of ingredients can help to achieve significant reductions in emissions of this harmful climate gas. Restaurant... more


Green economy on the up and up

More and more countries and companies are focusing on resource  efficiency, the circular economy and sustainability. Along with ecological motives, economic factors also play a prominent role here.  Resource conservation pays off: sustainable products and services go down well with consumers... more

Digitisation spurs on resource efficiency

If we want to save on natural resources, we must measure, record and regulate their consumption. According to scientist and practitioner Maurice Jutz, vast potential exists here for the optimisation of products and processes and it can also be exploited through digitisation.

Companies make progress in sustainability

The issue of sustainability has gained ground in companies in Switzerland. A study by the Federal Office for the Environment reveals that large companies are open to sustainability-related measures, while SMEs need more support... more

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Global food production is being revolutionised in Uzwil

Global food production is being revolutionised by the technology designed here: Bühler, a Uzwil-based process technology company, has machines that grind grains and coffee or produce breakfast cereals. Each generation... more

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Resource conservation a matter of quality

Swiss hotels are making greater efforts to reconcile efficiency, quality and sustainability while also deriving economic benefits from the associated measures. This is demonstrated by the second monitoring report on sustainability in the hotel trade by the Swiss Hotel Association, hotelleriesuisse... more

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How voluntary action is motivating an entire sector

The paint ecolabel shows how much consideration is given to environmental, health and quality factors in the manufacture of certain types of paints and varnishes. This makes it easier for consumers to compare products and... more

On the way to decarbonisation

The big retailers may lead the field but smaller actors also have good opportunities... more

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Market power as a lever for change

Furniture concern IKEA is renowned for cheap goods but also for the democratisation of design. A less well known fact about IKEA is that it is also investing billions in its efforts to democratise sustainability... more

Material cycle innovations

Products made from raw materials that can be reused repeatedly? It works, according to the representatives of the Cradle-to-Cradle movement. And the first products... more

The circular economy as a solution to the resource crisis

Serious conflicts will arise if the economy does not rethink its approach to resources. Experts from all over the world firmly believe that the solution could lie in a circular economy... more

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Sustainable investment in the ascendant

Switzerland is among the world’s most important financial centres. Its pioneers identified the trend for sustainable investments at an early stage and launched the first important products of this nature.... more

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“We are Switzerland’s biggest recycling operation”

Switzerland’s biggest recycling company is part of one of the oldest industrial sectors in the world: Stahl Gerlafingen produces over 600,000 tonnes of recycling steel from scrap metal every year. This material cycle... more

“We must privatise profit and risk"

For a future worth living in, we would need to take the market economy seriously, says co-founder of the Cradle-to-Cradle movement, Michael Braungart. He wants... more

Landscape: a plus for holidays in Switzerland

Switzerland’s tourism capital lies in its landscape. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO has quantified the value of the landscape for tourism alone at around CHF 70 billion... more


For an economy that meets future needs and conserves resources

A strong Swiss franc, a low interest environment, international competition and, on top of all that, a green economy – is that not asking too much? This is an entirely reasonable question... more

Step by step towards a sustainable world

The world still has quite a way to go to achieve sustainability. With the GAPFRAME, an instrument is now available that can measure the sustainability gap that remains to be closed by all countries. Also it demonstrates the relevant action fields for businesses and government. The method, which was developed in Lausanne, is based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)... more

Digital ideas make for a more sustainable economy

Digitisation is shaking up the economy – and benefiting natural resources in particular. The precise measurement and regulation of consumption is a key focus here. Switzerland is leading the way in this digital transformation to greater efficiency.

The fight against hunger requires innovation

The world's population is growing – a food crisis is plausible. Food production technology is underestimated as a solution, says Philipp Aerni, Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich... more

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The time is ripe for sustainable investments

Sustainable finance products as a growth strategy? A broad-based expert report identifies considerable potential in this area and proposes measures to help make financial market actors more customer-oriented and environmentally-friendly... more


Only buy asparagus when it’s in season

Despite the fact that the asparagus season is not yet over, the vegetable has disappeared from most shops by the end of June. To prevent late asparagus from being wasted... more

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Sustainable business can be fun

The César-winning French documentary film Tomorrow, which is directed by actor Mélanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion, shows people living by alternative economic models. Their drive and energy makes them beacons of hope in the battle against a global collapse... more

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Swiss education is plotting its course to sustainability

Many actors are promoting the themes of sustainable development and resource conservation in university and vocational education. Priority is often given to a... more

Public and private transport must join forces

Nowhere is comfort and convenience a greater obstacle to environmentally-friendly behaviour than in the area of mobility. However, shared mobility concepts promise both ... more

“Switzerland could be a lot braver!”

Nobody can get by without mobility – but they can manage without a second car... more


On the way to decarbonisation

An economy that is free from dependence on oil, coal and gas... more

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IKEA – a pioneer with room to improve: Interview with Thomas Breu

A sustainability expert from the University of Bern assesses IKEA’s commitment as comprehensive but also identifies some critical points... more

Climate protection has to taste good

Since 2013, 110 canteens and staff restaurants operated by SV Schweiz have set themselves ambitious CO2 goals with the ONE TWO WE climate programme. But “enjoyment must always be the top priority,” says the SV Group’s Chief Marketing Officer Peter Lutz... more

“If air travel is a must, CO2 compensation must be paid.”

A journey by aeroplane is such a costly item in terms of the CO2 holiday accounts that taking the train is always a better option. But what should we do if this is not possible? more


How efficiency generates green innovation

A solution should be simple and provide the greatest possible benefit. Ecodesign expert Rainer Züst is not a great believer in rules... more

Ricola’s new herb centre combines business with nature

Ricola’s herbal powers are now stored in Europe’s biggest earth building – the Kräuterzentrum herb centre designed by star architects Herzog & de Meuron. Ricola’s herb processing operations have been centred there since 2014. The pioneering project... more