Endorsements >> Government>> Switzerland
of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Peter Meisen
Global Energy Network Institute
PO Box 81565
San Diego, CA 92138 USA
Berne, April 1, 2004
Best Renewable Energy Policies from Around the
Dear Mr. Meisen,
My warmest thanks for your letter about "Best
renewable Energy Policies from Around the World".
I am personally interested in any new initiative or
evolution in the field of renewable energies: the
publication of your Institute, for instance, brings
progress in this important issue.
I share with you the opinion that renewable energies
are the key for a sustainable evolution of the economy
and must be therefore developed in a large scale in
every part of the world where wind, solar and biogas
powers can be used.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs follows
ths issue carefully in conjunction with the Federal
Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication,
competent for this matter.
Let me add that Switzerland has had a program for
the promotion of renewable energies since the 1990's.
The actual program for the present decade, "Swiss
energy" - calls for an increase from 1.3% to
2.3% of the electricity share by renewable energies
and of 3% for the heat production.
Switzerland provides financial support to the renewables
(around 20-25 million Swiss francs per year) mainly
for promotional activities, research and pilot projects.
I will appreciate any future exchange of information
between your institute and my ministry and advise
you to send your future correspondence to the Environment
Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign
With my best regards