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Matthias Müller: Motivated for the future – with the help of target visions

It would seem obvious to assume that a strong sustainability assessment is the hallmark of truly sustainable companies. However, anyone who reads the report on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of 2016 will be surprised to discover that the “Group Leader” for “energy”, the company Thai Oil, achieves a total of 99 out of 100 possible points for the sub-target “Climate Strategy”... more

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Beat Huber: Greater marketing of Swiss environmental technology abroad – an opportunity for Switzerland

(By Beat Huber)
The Federal Council passed the latest report on the green economy on 20 April and signalled its intention to support the further development of clean technology or ‘cleantech’. This makes sense... more

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter: Future-proofing: an obligation

(By Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter)
In terms of sustainability, the Swiss financial centre is in a good place: the range of sustainable investments on offer is broad. However... more

Urs Furrer

Michael Gerber: The aims for sustainable development – a driving force for the green economy?

(By Michael Gerber)
On 25 September 2015, the 193 United Nations Member States passed the new global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at a summit in New York. The over 150 heads of state and government in attendance sent... more

Thierry Courvoisier: 2015 Elections – Is Parliament Ready for Serious Dialogue with Science?

(By Thierry Courvoisier)
Unlike man-made laws, the laws of nature cannot be adapted to accommodate societal developments. For this reason, researchers often face... more

Stephan Attiger: Waste as a resource – Trialogue launched

(By Stephan Attiger)
Switzerland’s waste sector is in the throes of a process of transformation. This is generating new challenges for the various actors involved in the waste and recycling sector – and particularly for us cantons as executive authorities... more


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Marc Chesney: Challenging the credo of growth

University of Zurich Professor Marc Chesney firmly believes that our “seriously sick” society cannot recover without a radical rethink on our part.

Kirstin Schild

Kirstin Schild: Less is more – Why sufficiency makes people happy

(By Kirstin Schild)
Resource consumption in industrialised countries is increasing steadily and the associated social and economic problems have long been known. Up to now, attempts at resolving these problems have mainly focused on efficiency... more

Urs Furrer

Gabi Hildesheimer: Sustainable food: even small gestures can trigger changes in behaviour

(By Gabi Hildesheimer)
A behavioural economics experiment shows how Switzerland feeds itself today and reveals that even minor interventions can yield significant  changes in behaviour... more

Hans Hess

Hans Hess: Resource efficiency can be improved without further regulation

(By Hans Hess)
Resource efficiency is entirely in the interest of manufacturing industry – particularly when margins have shrunk due to the strength of the Swiss franc... more

Hans-Jörg Althaus: Why Switzerland needs a resource strategy

(By By Hans-Jörg Althaus)
Imagine if the Federal Council did not present a budget for 2016 but suggested instead that the money simply be spent until it runs out. Absurd, you say... more

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Ernst A. Brugger: Innovation as a driving force of the sustainable economy

(By Ernst A. Brugger)
According to all of the rankings, the Switzerland has one of the five best economies in the world. Competitiveness and, hence also, innovative capacity are high, the labour market works efficiently and, although the recent currency shock... more

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Tobias Sommer: International Green Economy – How Switzerland Can Reduce its Ecological Footprint Abroad

(By Tobias Sommer)
Almost three quarters of the environmental impacts generated by Switzerland today arise abroad – and the trend is an upward one. This ‘grey’ resource consumption relates to the goods we import. One thing is clear from this... more

Raphael Fasko

Raphael Fasko: Circular economy business models – A circular economy design is a gold mine of opportunities

(By Raphael Fasko)
Around 25 years ago, a vision of products that do not end up in the trash at the end of their service life was launched under the “Cradle to Cradle” concept. Since then... more

Urs Furrer

Niels Jungbluth: Efficiency and sufficiency – with each other not against each other

(By Niels Jungbluth)
A substantial reduction in environmental impacts is necessary to prevent the further destruction of essential life resources throughout the world. Around 60 percent of the environmental impacts generated by Swiss people today arise abroad... more

Urs Furrer: State action must be limited to a minimum and prioritised

(By Urs Furrer)
Sustainability is a competition factor. The increasing demand for sustainably produced food is a trend that can also be observed in the chocolate market. It is accompanied by... more

Hans-Peter Egler: Future-proof infrastructure - a prerequisite for competitiveness and resource efficiency

(By Hans-Peter Egler)
Infrastructure like transport routes, hospitals, schools, waste-processing, drinking-water and electricity generation plants, ports and airports form the backbone... more