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Energy systems

On June 18, 2023, the Climate and Innovation Act was approved by the Swiss electorate. In order to advance climate protection, the Paris Climate Agreement set international goals that Switzerland must also meet. We have the best chance of curbing global warming and thus saving costs in the long term and protecting the world's population by acting quickly. We want net-0 CO2 across Europe2 achieve by 2040. This is not only an ambitious goal, but also a possible goal. In Switzerland, this requires ideas that can gain a majority, which we will name in the respective sections of this chapter.

  • Rapidly decarbonize energy supplies
    The energy that brings Switzerland forward must become more sustainable; otherwise the goals set cannot be achieved. To achieve this, industry, transport, etc. must be electrified. The areas that cannot be electrified, or where electrification is not yet possible due to technological developments, must be supplied with CO2-neutral fuels can be supplied.

  • Conclude electricity agreement with the EU
    Secure energy and power supply is the highest priority even during the energy transition. An electricity agreement with the EU would give Switzerland more security and enable it to build less storage, solar, wind turbines, etc. An electricity agreement would therefore not only be safer, but also cheaper than a self-sufficient Switzerland. Not being self-sufficient but not signing an agreement with the EU is possible, but more uncertain for our electricity supply, which is why an agreement is crucial.

  • Massively expand solar power and wind power
    Due to electrification, the demand for electricity will increase, so expanding renewable energies is very important. Solar and wind power are the cheapest methods of saving CO2 emissions. Wind power can provide compensation, especially in winter, when the yields from solar systems are low, so that the need for imports and thus the dependence on other countries does not become too high. The same applies to alpine solar systems, which can be an important support for covering Switzerland's electricity needs in winter, especially in winter. Volt is therefore committed to the expansion of Alpine wind and solar systems. It is also important that all interest groups are involved in the planning right from the start so that implementation does not fail at the ballot box.
    Volt is also committed to ensuring that the profitability of private solar systems becomes more uniform, as this can currently vary greatly from neighboring community to neighboring community. We therefore demand (I) that all private solar systems in Switzerland are tax-free by 2050, (II) investments in a solar system are tax deductible even for buildings that are less than five years old.

  • Continue to operate nuclear power plants (NPPs) and not build new ones
    Even without a ban, Volt Switzerland is currently campaigning against the construction of a new nuclear power plant for strategic reasons, as a new nuclear power plant cannot be completed early enough due to the planning and construction time to supply Switzerland with electricity in the most important years of the energy transition . Current nuclear power plants should continue to operate as long as they are safe and needed. Volt is also committed to continuing research into nuclear power plants, as we are not fundamentally against new buildings. The current decision against new construction is due to the circumstances and not to a general aversion to the technology.

  • Liberalisation of the electricity market
    The electricity market should follow Switzerland's liberal ideas and enable users to freely choose their electricity provider. The electricity provider should not only sell electricity, but also be able to buy the electricity, for example generated by a solar system, from households.

  • Seasonal storage and reserve power plants
    In order to ensure Switzerland's electricity security, Volt Switzerland has no problem building reserve power plants as long as they are needed and can be operated with climate-neutral fuels.

The 5+1 challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in every European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 challenges?

The 5 challenges are essentially the same for each country, but their implementation can be adapted at the national level to take into account local circumstances.

Challenge No. +1 - our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU - is identical in all our national programs. Here in Switzerland, our relations with the EU are the focus.

Take a look at our Europe-wide programme!
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy is the engine for the progress of society.

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No one should be left behind - regardless of gender, income, religion or origin.

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe must live up to its responsibility in the world to secure our common future.

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    European citizens must be able to make informed political decisions, independently influence politics beyond elections and exercise their democratic rights.

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.